The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons #Review

Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 10th 2015

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.

Kristen Simmons created a world vivid and terrifying when she wrote The Glass Arrow. This is a world where girls are auctioned off to the highest bidder strictly for breeding purposes and the men can send them back when they are done with them. It’s a lot like the sex trafficking that goes on in today’s world so it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for this to actually happen. However, today’s women would not be as submissive about it as the girls in this book were. 

Aya is such a strong female character and I admire her spunk. She tries her best at the beginning to not get captured but once her luck runs out and a group of businessmen catch her, she refuses to just give in to how society thinks she should act. Most of the other girls in The Garden are mean to her but I think it’s because she doesn’t have to take fertility treatments since she grew up basically in the wild and was not exposed to the things the other girls are. 

I have to gush about Kiran for a minute. He is a driver which means that he cannot speak. When he first meets Aya, they are both terrified of the other which leads to Aya basically trying to kill him. Once she realizes he isn’t going to hurt her though, I love the way they interacted. She would just go on and on about her life and he would just sit with her and listen. Since he can’t tell her his name, she makes one up for him based on his eye color. The romance that blossoms between them is so sweet. 

I have to say that my favorite character in the whole book though was Brax. Brax is a wolf that comes to sleep with Aya in The Garden and he is so adorable. He’s super protective and everything you want in your best friend, especially a fur baby. There was one part near the end that I didn’t like but I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, especially if you like to dive into dystopian books. If you’ve read The Glass Arrow, let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Rating: 4.5 stars