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.
First Sentence: Run.
When I first heard of The Glass Arrow, I immediately need it in my life asap. Not only is the book called The Glass Arrow (emphasis on the “arrow” part of the title), but the cover of the book also has an arrow! (Just in case you don’t know or don’t realize it yet, my biggest weakness are ARROWS. ARCHERS. CROSSBOWS. BOWS. Basically, anything to do with ARROWS.) When I managed to somehow get my hands on an ARC, I was beyond excited and ready to love the book. However, as reviews started pouring in, I found myself worried as it appears that people either love the book to death or don’t like it at all. I hoped that I’ll love The Glass Arrow, because hello, the book appears to be perfect for me, but alas, that sadly didn’t happen because of something called expectations.
The woods are unnaturally silent. I doubt the Trackers have taken the Magnate home…and besides that, they haven’t gotten what they’ve come for. The real trophy.
Me. (ARC 13)
What I expected to happen in The Glass Arrow did not happen. After reading the summary of The Glass Arrow and judging the book by its title, I thought The Glass Arrow would be about male archers riding on horses, chasing after runaway or free women and girls. However, The Glass Arrow turns out to be nothing like that. There were barely any bows and arrows in the book, Aya was trapped in a facility for half of the book, and “the glass arrow” part of the book was insignificant – the “glass arrow” isn’t even an actual arrow. In fact, there was like a total of five arrows in the book.
I also feel like I have to warn you guys about this too: The world in The Glass Arrow is EXTREMELY dark. You can’t have a weak stomach when you read The Glass Arrow. There are constant threats of rape, men act disgustingly, women are treated like objects, and girls happily degrade themselves without realizing it, literally making me sick to the stomach. Things got so bad that the book made me turn to violence – I still want to punch out some characters in the book. The Glass Arrow made me feel that sick.
“I’m not a dog,” I say.
“No talking,” he says. “Bad girl!”
He jams the silver box into my belly and presses the button. It sends a bolt of lightning straight through my insides…For moments after, I’m still twitching. (ARC 179)
Another problem I had with The Glass Arrow is that after reading the entire book, I felt like there wasn’t any point of the book – the bigger picture, aka the issues of the world of The Glass Arrow, wasn’t solved. Nothing in the world was resolved and The Glass Arrow is also a standalone. I thought maybe Aya will start a revolution with the girls to takeover the opposition by the men and change their society for the better or something along those lines. Thinking that wasn’t a far stretch: Aya said something similar to that earlier in the book. However, that never ended up happening.
Overall, The Glass Arrow was sadly a massive disappointment to me. I was expecting something epic with a lot of arrows – hey, you can’t really blame me for thinking that right? Instead, I got something that was extremely dark and almost nothing to do with arrows. Color me disappointed.