Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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.
The Glass Arrow is a YA dystopian story. As is usually the case with these kinds of books, the world is somewhat depressing. The society is exaggeratedly patriarchal to the point wherein women are treated as property. They are broodmares to be sold to the highest bidders.
I wouldn’t exactly describe this as an entertaining read. Given the nature of the society, the heroine is in danger for most of the novel, from the moment she gets captured and is being prepared for auction. Her main goal throughout the book is to escape from the city so that she reunite with her family and hide out in the wilderness. And even then there is always the chance that trackers may find her and enslave her again.
With that kind of society, one can only get certain level of freedom. I admire heroine’s fighting spirit. She never gives up. The romance is light, nothing swoon-worthy.
There is some violence here but it wasn’t too disturbing. Instead, I suggest bracing yourself for the harsh and depressing world. One usually has to be in a certain mood for these kinds of stories.
Rating: 3 stars