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’ve forgotten, or maybe they never learned, that their worth is not determined by how much a man wants them.”
This book has blown me away, and set me sail in the waters of absolute love. Phenomenal. It comes out of the starting gate, and kicks you right in the face with action, then drags you by the arm and pulls you right through to the final round.
In a way, it’s scary. This book made me think – About how these women live on a daily basis, some of them feeling that it’s appropriate for things to be this way. I would never be able to live in a world like this. But to be honest, if raised from the beginning to feel that the world works the way it does, I don’t know how I would act as a person. Aya ( Aiyana ) was raised outside the walls as a ‘wild’ girl, so her out look on things are completely different from others.
Aya’s determination and love for her family, until the VERY end, EVEN WHEN SHE KNEW SHE COULD DIE, or be taken back, is one that will go with me for a long time. Powerful. Her devotion, passion, and loyalty to her family is both compelling and heart breaking. Watching her struggles throughout the book, had me in tears at points. But regardless of what was thrown at her, she didn’t falter once in her desperation to leave and make sure her family was alive and well. Aya never gave up. She pushed through, leaped buildings, and made it her top priority. This is why I love her so much.
Kiran was quite the mysterious character in the beginning, but as you continue through the book, his true colors show. Another determined character, to help Aya escape from her containment, but without making her feel uncomfortable like most other men would in this world. The best thing about Aya and Kiran, is watching their romance grow. Not just tossed in there, loving right away. It grows through pain, and grows strong in a tortured world. He is going to be one of my favorite male characters this year.
I’m so glad this was a stand alone, and a strong one at that. The ending was prefect, and not rushed like I find a lot of books. The dystopian world building was fantastic, and it’s going to be a very memorable book this year. ( Being compared to The Handmaid’s Tale is a BIG thing ) I think everyone should check this out at some point this year. It made me cry, it took my breathe away and most importantly, it made me think. A great combination for a book.