Publisher: Tor Teen
Genres: Young-Adult/ Science-Fiction/ Dystopia/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
My Thoughts: I was so intrigued by the premise of this book! Like, almost giddy, because I just knew that I would love it and it would sit on my favorites shelf; never to be loaned to anyone. Sadly, I just can’t say that I was really impressed by the story as a whole.
A world where women are scarce and a hot commodity? Yes, I would definitely love this because I know that there will be a kick-butt heroine to put men in there place. Aya is okay as a character. I mean, we spend most of this book with her character longing to be free. I think that I’ve read too many books this year where the heroine is just so awesome that I was really hoping this one would be even better. We get to know Aya pretty well, considering she’s planning things through and it’s just a waiting game. The problem? Too much waiting and not enough problem solving.
Getting excited about escaping, only to have the plan derail before it even gets to the tracks. Over and over, it went. This reminded me of one of those stories where someone is trapped on an island and a plane flies by but you can’t forge SOS in the sand quick enough, and you’re still stranded. Eventually, you escape and the undertaking begins. I can say that the last bit of this book picked up pace. There’s more world building and characters that come along. Aya has trust issues, and rightfully so, and you can feel her panic at being sold at an auction. No woman should be sold just for her gender. Hell, sold for anything, for that matter.
Overall, I don’t think that I will read this book again. It just wasn’t that exciting for me, but maybe others would enjoy it. Not sure on the recommendation. It has a great hook, just not executed well enough, in my opinion. Just an okay read for me.