February 25, 2015

Blog Tour: THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons – Review, Tens List, and Giveaway

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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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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.

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Gabby-2013I wanted to read author Kristen Simmons’ novel The Glass Arrow after I read the synopsis. A future where there are few women and the remaining ones are sold in auctions? That sounded pretty intense. I needed to find out more. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from The Glass Arrow but I had my hopes for just what might take place. It sounded similar to author Lauren DeStefano’s The Chemical Garden trilogy and I was interested in seeing if there would be any parallels. Long after having finished The Glass Arrow, I can say that the plot wasn’t at all what I expected it to be.

Main character Aya has grown up living off the land, hiding with a group of women from the men who hunt and sell women like cattle. However it’s one mistake made by a person close to the group that brings about the group’s inevitable downfall. Suddenly, Aya finds herself living within the Garden under the harsh watch of the Governess. The girls at the Garden and primed and sold at auction to wealthy men. The girls who aren’t—or who are found out to be sexually active—are left with a scar on their faces and put on the streets.

Aya is stripped of everything and renamed ‘Clover’. But a girl like Aya wont’ surrender so easily. She spends each and every day fighting, making certain that when she goes to auction nobody will want to buy her. Forced into isolation after a stunt, Aya meets a boy who cannot speak. A boy who just might become a friend. A boy who could get her out of this mess and returned to the life she was stolen from.

I actually thoroughly enjoyed Aya’s character. She was a strong, independent female character who is driven to see ends meet. She was badass in ways that you don’t get to see most female protagonists. She didn’t have to use her fists in order to send a message. Aya’s intelligence really shines through in moments of darkness. It’s her smarts and quick-thinking that get the story going. Apart from this, she’s also compassionate. A family-oriented character who wants to see the life that she’s been promised and grown up with.

The entire cast of characters that we are presented with in The Glass Arrow are incredibly diverse. We have girls who are more than willing to be sold if it means living an easy life; girls who want to put up the fight; characters who are willing to lose absolutely everything if it means never having to life in fear; and characters who learn that they have a fire inside of them that they never noticed before. It’s these characters who help push the plot forward as well as give The Glass Arrow’s future world a sense of reality. The contrast between complacent characters and characters who are rebellious and intend to diverge from the path they’re set out on is astounding.

I loved Simmons’ writing. The detailing was very well-done. I could get lost in a chapter because of how well described the setting was. What things looked like, smelled like, felt like—it was all great. However I did also find that the pacing was a bit awkward and clunky in places. Sometimes it felt like I was going through different renditions of the same chapter for chapters at a time. I do wish that there was more diversity in content in the second quarter of the novel as we wait for the calm before the storm to pass.

I think that readers who are big fans of The Chemical Garden should definitely give The Glass Arrow a try if you’re interested in the premise of people trafficking. Readers who are interested in a dystopia with romantic and adventurous undertones should also give it a try. Readers who are looking for a novel with plot twists and an unexpected development should also give this novel a try.


Top 10 Dream Vacation Spots

Let’s go with fantastic animated destinations! Does that work? I sure hope so!

  1. Elsa’s snow palace in Frozen
  2. The lagoon where Sebastian sang Kiss the Girl in The Little Mermaid
  3. The library in Beauty and the Beast
  4. And while I’m on it, the Little Town (you know, it’s a quiet village) where Belle lives.
  5. Pride Rock in The Lion King
  6. The cave of wonders in Aladdin
  7. Hawaii, because it’s Hawaii. And it looked pretty rad in Lilo and Stich.
  8. France, because, France. From Ratatouille
  9. The ship where you just sit in a chair all day and robots groom and feed you in WALL-E
  10. The fabulous small town of Radiator Springs in Cars



Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. Braine

    the feminist in me is already rankled! I love your description re: heroine. Not everyone has to be a badass, muscles flexed, ammo ready. I love smart MCs, I would read this for her.

  2. Ramona

    Love the sound of Aya, and I’ve yet to read a review that had something bad to say about The Glass Arrow. It’s top of my list and I can’t wait to read it :) Awesome review.

  3. Amanda C

    When is the winner announced? I’m going nuts.

  4. Hi Amanda, the giveaway is being run by another host company. I’m not sure when they will be drawing the names for the winners.

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