I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Published by Macmillan, Recorded Books on February 10th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
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Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man's forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they're all used up.Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her.Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . . . if she can truly trust him.The Glass Arrow is a haunting, yet hopeful, new novel from Kristen Simmons, the author of the popular Article 5 trilogy.
When I finished this book I just felt meh about it. There wasn’t really anything to keep me thinking about it for days after finishing it. The story was decent, and the characters were okay.
I didn’t really connect well with Aya. I wanted her to be this completely kick ass heroine, but that didn’t really happen. The best areas where I think she was an awesome character are at the beginning and end. The middle was mostly planning her escape from the city. It felt a little drug out, and definitely slowed the story down.
I did love the world building. I felt like I could see the shops, and the auction area that was described. It’s definitely not a place I would ever want to live. I mean who wants to be the equivalent of cattle. And the way the women are treated by those that purchase them is awful.
I did enjoy the story, it just didn’t wow me like I was hoping it would.
On to the narrator….
Soneela Nankani did a great job narrating. There wasn’t any background noise, or noticeable gaps between breaths. She portrayed male voices very well. Nankani also did a great job of bringing the emotion out of the characters. You could tell when the characters were angry, upset, worried, and the other things they felt. I will definitely be checking out some of the other books narrated by Nankani.
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