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.
Do you enjoy dystopians? Do you enjoy badass heroines? Do you enjoy books that suck you in from beginning to end? Do you enjoy never knowing what is coming next? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, you must read The Glass Arrow. You must! With that being said, when you pick it up, make sure you have ample time, because you’re going to want to read this in one sitting. And the most important tip I can give you before reading this book- DO NOT LEAVE IT ANYWHERE. (Slight sidenote: For those of you who didn’t know, I started reading this book, left it somewhere, promptly got the flu, and didn’t get to pick it up again until I recovered. And, because of the amazingness that is this book, I had a book hangover and didn’t read for a week while I was sick.) If my sidenote doesn’t convince you that this book is incredible, I don’t know what will!
Let me quickly introduce the setting of this novel by saying that girls were bought like cattle, pills were used instead of meals, cars were all but extinct, and men always got what they wanted. Always. Well…unless you lived in the forest, hiding from the majority of humanity. Aya was one of the lucky few who lived in the forest, until the trackers captured her, and then sent her exactly where she didn’t want to be- they sent her to be sold. She knew that she would be in high demand because she was from the “wild.” And because of this, she deliberately sabotaged every attempt for her to be sold, choosing to be sent into solitary instead. But as time went on, she had less and less options available to her. She knew that time was running out. What happened next? You’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉
Now, onto the characters- the amazing, amazing characters. Warning- if you’re looking for a book with fluffy characters, this is not the book for you. If I had to describe Aya/Clover in one word, I would say that she was determined. Every time that a new obstacle was placed in her way, instead of getting upset, she figured out a way to beat the obstacle. Some of her methods were definitely unconventional, but that’s what made them so interesting. I would never have thought to do half of the things that she did. I do not think that I would even be brave enough to do half of the things that she attempted! While Aya was the main character, she was certainly not the only character that peaked my interest.
One of the main characters was a Driver, who didn’t talk. The reader doesn’t find out why until the end of the book…Mwahaha. But even with the Driver not talking, he was the closest person that Aya could consider as a friend. Aya built up many barriers around her, not allowing herself to become close to anyone. But as she spent more and more time with the Driver, she started opening up to him. It made me think- “If I knew someone who couldn’t tell anyone what I was saying, would I trust them with my secrets?”
One question that I’m sure has popped into your head by now is…”Is there a love triangle?” Guess what? The answer is no! There is no love triangle. To be perfectly honest, there isn’t much romance in this book. *GASP* And guess what? It was still absolutely incredible. I actually thought that the bond between Aya and Brax, her so called ‘pet’ wolf, was the strongest as far as love went. Then again, who wouldn’t love Brax? *Creeps towards Brax and opens arms for a hug* Shhh, I never did that.
From beginning to end, this book was phenomenal, and I am extremely happy that I had the chance to read it. Thank you Kristina for the giveaway! Also, if you couldn’t tell by now, I gave this book 5/5stars.