THE GLASS ARROW
Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girls 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.
Here’s what people are saying about THE GLASS ARROW:
“Like The Handmaid’s Tale, Simmons’s book serves as essential commentary on women’s rights, only with a generation much younger than Offred and Ofglen’s.”
“Aya’s fierce determination and ability to think quickly and creatively in crises make her a great role model, and her nature-based faith lends an interesting balance to the action-driven tale of social justice. Simmons creates sympathetic yet intriguingly flawed characters, and tweaks familiar dystopian elements to excellent effect.”
“This grim cautionary tale opens taut and suspenseful, with its heroine being hunted down like an animal, her adopted family slaughtered and scattered. Fifteen-year-old Aya, raised a free female in the wilderness outside the capitol city of Glasscaster, is taken to the “Garden” to be groomed and sold at auction, valuable primarily for her breeding potential. Determined and resourceful, Aya fights daily for her freedom, making herself unsuitable for auction while plotting to save her remaining family from assimilation into a nightmarish patriarchy….
A world where girls and women are commodities to be sold and resold is frightening enough; more chilling are the girls who embrace their fate or the women who participate in the system for profit and status.”
“In this fresh take on dystopian fantasy, Simmons paints a dark and believable future in which modern conveniences are foregone in favor of “the old ways” and women are the property of men, to be bought and sold until they are no longer useful. Readers will be completely plunged into this dark tale but are not left without hope. The message of love conquering all is made abundantly clear with each harrowing trial and escape. Readers will find themselves cheering on Aya and Kiran as they fight to survive in a world that has lost its humanity. This story is perfect for dystopian and fantasy fans and will be well at home in young adult collections.”
“I loved the theme: A girl shouldn’t give her body to anyone if she doesn’t want to. This book met all of my high standards. No cussing, no dry or underdeveloped characters, and a beautiful and a meaningful story line. I am the pickiest reader I know, but this book blew me away.”
-Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
“THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons plunges readers into a heart-wrenching and wholly startling new world. Aya’s story is terrifying in the best possible way, and left me shuddering over the painful awareness of humanity’s darkest capability, and yet not losing sight of it’s greatest potential. Simmons portrays a stunning heroine of strength and resilience that captivated me until the very last page.”
- Christina Farley, author of YA Bestseller, GILDED (Skyscape)
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about this book. Very few stick with me the way this one has. The world Kristen has created in this novel is raw and springs off the page. I felt this character’s emotions so much that I think of her as a living, breathing person.”
-Katie McGarry, author of award-winning bestsellers PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, and more (Harlequin Teen)
“THE GLASS ARROW is an intense and disturbing read that is impossible to put down. From the rush of the first chase scene to the emotional conclusion, Aya is a fearless heroine that you can’t help falling in love with. I stayed up way too late completely enthralled, chilled and ultimately satisfied by the frightening world Simmons created. Now where is book 2? I Need it right now!
-Ellen Oh, author of the PROPHECY SERIES (HarperTeen)
“Fully imagined and richly written, The Glass Arrow seamlessly blends the best of adventure and romance with characters you will root for. I was transported…. A dark tale shot through with hope and the idea that sacrifice and love can conquer all. I couldn’t put it down”
“Aya is an independent thinker, strong and self-reliant. Fans of dystopian and postapocalyptic YA fiction will thoroughly enjoy this read.”
“A book that challenges all that exists in YA literature and dares to be a most shocking and intense experience for readers…Kristen feeds on our most visceral fears about the current state and the future of our society and creates realistic stories based on those fears. You NEED to have this on your radar NOW.”
-Jenna Does Books, 5 Star Review
“Captivating as it is controversial. Kristen effortlessly shapes a world that shows the elimination of the feminist struggle, where the worst fears of women are brought to life as they’re hunted and sold like cattle. It’s a testament to Kristen’s writing that she manages to create truly diabolical male characters, as naive as they are maniacal, alongside fantastically empathetic men.”
-Little Birdie Books, 5 Star Review
Track Artist 1. Viento Del Arena GIPSY KINGS 2. Kashmir ESCALA & SLASH 3. Cold Water DAMIEN RICE 4. Hope IDINA MENZEL 5. Boom Boom Pow BLACK EYED PEAS 6. Warrior’s Dance THE PRODIGY 7. Street Hustlin’ RANEY SHOCKNE 8. B.O.B. OUTKAST 9. Newsflash HI-TECH 10. Infinite Journey GENERATOR 11. Crane/White Lightning THE RZA & CHARLES BERNSTEIN 12. Now Comes the Night ROB THOMAS