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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #104

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Title: The Glass Arrow
   Author: Kristen Simmons
   Format: Hardcover
   Release 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.

My Stance:

     The Glass Arrow presents Kristen Simmons on a new style of book. We go from a style of full blown realistic dystopian to a more fantasy dystopian. The two were somewhat similar in their whole premise of the dystopian (both focusing around women's lack of rights or prejudice). I find that the two are very different. This seems to have that whole fantasy vibe, and that's kind of confusing. Is this supposed to have a realistic touch to it, or am I on the right track?

     Now I would like to touch on the whole, "women sold for breeding rights" premise. I understand that this is more of the whole sexual prejudice topic that's been in the news/twitter lately, but it bothers me. I find that the topic is so overdone or that the girls in those type of stories are weak and just boring. I hope that's not the case here, I want this book to do well. It's not that I think the premise is bad, it's just got a bad reputation from me, and I just don't want a repeat of that.

     Kristen Simmons's Article 5 was a spectacular read and I have been looking for this book for a while. There is just something about her writing style that's superb, even if I don't give the books perfect ratings. She is one of the more underrated authors out there, I just hope other people pay more attention to her.
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