Simmons, Kristen The Glass Arrow, 336 pgs. Tor Teen, 2015. $17.99. Language: PG; Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13
Aya has been raised in the mountains far from the city where women are bought and sold like property. Women were once respected and treated as equals to men in the city, but that was a long time ago. Now the best a woman can hope for is to become someone’s forever wife, which would protect them from being repeatedly bought and sold until they are no use to anyone. Staying hidden in the mountains is Aya’s only hope to live an independent life, however, everything changes the day she is caught by trackers and brought into the city to be groomed and sold to the highest bidder. Escape is Aya’s focus now and she must do whatever it takes to free herself and return to her family. With few options and fewer allies it will be up to her to change her fate.
A futuristic view of the world that gives a haunting portrayal of women and their place in society. Disturbing ideas of ownership and treatment of other human beings is woven into a story of survival with a strong central character and supporting cast. Younger readers may find themselves upset by the more mature themes of abuse, degradation, and rape, but more mature readers will benefit from considering these issues and how they pertain to real life violations occurring presently. The story moves along quickly with rapid plot developments and surprises along the way that will engage readers.