Waiting on Wednesday: The Glass Arrow

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'll be the first one to admit that the dystopian genre seems a bit tired these days. I'll also be the first one to say that I can't resist a good dystopian synopsis though! There's something about totally broken worlds and characters seeking redemption that just speaks to my soul. I just can't help it. And so, yet again, I'm adding a dystopian to my TBR pile.

Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons (Twitter)
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Pages: 336

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.
They had me at the first comparison, to be completely honest. Blood Red Road was a quick favourite of mine, and to see anything in that vein would be absolutely remarkable. I also have to say that Aya sounds like the type of heroine I could really root for. She seems scrappy, and isn't that the sort of empowering YA female we all need? Maybe, just maybe, this one will be able to avoid the love triangle/damsel in distress tropes and we'll get that new dystopian winner we've all be craving! Plus, hell, I'll read anything Ms. Simmons writes. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I'll pretty much read anything Simmons writes as well. I LOVED her Article 5 trilogy, and have been excited for The Glass Arrow ever since I first heard about it! :D

  2. I have never read anything by Simmons, but this one sounds right up my alley and really unique. I'll be adding this to my TBR list. Great pick, Melissa!

  3. Yes! I will read anything that Kristen writes as well. She's such a wonderful author and even though I'm burned on dystopians at the moment, I will be picking this book up because of how brilliant it sounds. I love the idea of the women fighting together as well.
    Lovely pick, Melissa!

  4. I will read anything Kristen writes too Melissa! Loved the Article 5 series and I simply can't wait to see what this one is all about. Plus, that cover. THAT COVER MELISSA! I love it and need it on myself as soon as it's humanly possible to get it:)

  5. Any novel compared to Blood Red Road is enough to intrigue me (loved that book so much)! *adds to TBR*

    Great WOW, Melissa! :)

  6. Aw, I missing something by not having read this author yet! This sounds amazing, and I've seen it around as well - this is my chance to catch up with this author, plus, the heroine Aya sounds like one I would love. *adding to Goodreads*

    Wonderful pick, Melissa!

  7. Nice! Seeing this one around today! Haven't read the author either but I like the cover!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. This definitely sounds like an interesting pick, I have not actually heard of it until now, but I'll be adding it to my wishlist!

  9. I've been seeing this one around as of late, and the more I see the cover, the more I like it!
    Great pick, Melissa!

  10. Oh, YES! This one is so on my list. I love the cover and the premise...can I read it now, please?

  11. Heh, it's funny because that's pretty much exactly how I feel about dystopians these days! They're so tired and yet somehow I can't help but get roped into them again and again. Especially with a synopsis like that! A comparison to Blood Red Road is definitely a good thing.

  12. I didn't enjoy this author's debut but I love the cover of this novel so much I know I'm going to pick it up. It also sounds promising so I'm hoping it really manages to deliver. Wonderful pick, Melissa!


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