Published by Tor Teen on February 10th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
The HandmaidÂ’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 AyaÂ’s luck runs out and sheÂ’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
I’ve been a huge fan of dystopian books since reading 1984 in Jr. High. I don’t want to date myself but this was long before dystopian novels became as popular as they are today. Back thenÂ my favorites were the classics; 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you are a fan of dystopians and you haven’t heard of or read these, you should right away. I could definitely see The Glass Arrow in this list in 5 or 10 years because its themes and writing are just as compelling.
I think the reason that some dystopians are so fascinating is because they play into our deeper fears about the current day’s political and social climate. A good dystopian novel can make you imagine a future, not that far away, where the novel is actually true. The Glass Arrow is no different. Â Aya lives in the mountains, following a strict set of rules her mother taught her to keep her safe. However, when the trackers come, it isn’t enough. She’s captured and taken to a town far away. Her name is changed and she is forcibly groomed to prepare her for the auction that will seal her fate.
This book was tense! There were so many times that I had to take a break and put this one down before I could continue. I wanted to read it, I had to know what was going to happen to Aya, but at the same time I couldn’t stand the stress and worry that she might not be OK. It was so emotionally draining, it had me on the edge of my seat and kept me there the whole time. There was one point where I had to put it down to go to work and I cursed myself all day for starting it when I couldn’t finish it.
I absolutely loved this book. There’s the term “Book Hangover” for a book that you just can’t seem to get over when you are done with it. These are the kind of books that I like best. The ones that I can’t seem to get over. The Glass Arrow is definitely one of those for me. I finished it weeks ago and it look me longer than it should have to get around to reviewing it because I was still processing it in my mind. I want to know more about the culture and the history. I would love a novella from the view of the Drivers! I thought that they were fascinating. I know this book is supposed to be a stand alone, but I’m so hopeful that maybe there will be more!