The premise of this book caught my eye straight away – a world where women are hunted to be sold to the highest bidder. I wanted to read about this world and Aya so badly but now that I have I’m been left extremely conflicted. This book had some amazing shining moments that had me unable to put the book down but it also had some moments of me slow blinking at the huge plot holes. When I sat down to write my dot points of things I wanted to include in my review it ended up being a lists of negatives. Majority of these negatives centered around the fact that this books ends horribly. If you like more than 5% of your storylines tied up then this book is not for you.
I don’t want to be all negative Nancy so here are a couple of things that make this book awesome:
- Aya is my type of human being. She is strong and fierce and never lets herself believe she is worth less than anyone else simply because she is a female. She fights the system tooth and nail and she never gives up on herself or the people she loves.
- Kiran is a Driver – a group of Outliers who live in the jungle outside the city who are unable to speak and are mostly feared and treated less then dirt. I loved Kiran because he is 100% for Aya. He won’t ever give up and I like that in a male character. They have such chemistry that even through the silent barrier is easily communicated.
- Brax just fuels my want to have a wolf for a pet.
- Watchers and Pips are both such unique ideas and it was both awesome and disturbing to read about them. Watchers and Pips were once boys who through chemical interference have been changed into either a submissive, subservient homogenous (the Pips) or super strong, subservient sociopaths (the Watchers).
Now to put on my Debby Downer hat. If you have not read The Glass Arrow DO NOT READ the rest of my review. I will be ranting about the ending of the book and in the process spoilers will be everywhere! You have been warned.
When I finished the book I actually turned the page thinking it was just the end of the chapter. I was wrong. The last page or so of the book is a tie all the strings nicely page, that is usually prevalent in the end of a book that parts of a series. It read like a ‘setting up the story for the next book paragraph’ not a ‘this is the last paragraph ever paragraph’. So the first thing I did was jump on goodreads and check if I’d just been mistaken and The Glass Arrow actually was a part of a series. When I realised I wasn’t wrong and it is a standalone novel that is when the what-the-fuck-was-with-that-endings set in.
So here are 6 reasons the end of The Glass Arrow just leave you hanging from the untied storylines:
- The romance between Aya and Kiren never advances ANYWHERE! Because so much else is happening their romances never really makes it out of the this-is-almost-something stage. They both like each other but never talk about it. In fact right when the book ends they’ve just made up after a bit of a fight and then he invites her and her family to come live with the Drivers and then the books ends. Like, REALLY? Now if this book was the beginning of a series I wouldn’t even think twice about their non-relationship but again it isn’t so instead I’m just really disappointed I read that book waiting for something drastic to happen and it never does.
- So since it ends with nothing changing in the city and government am I right in understanding that means NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE SELLING OF WOMEN AS PROPERTY? That’s still going on in this world? And apparently is never going to change. So what does that teach young female readers? That no one has the right to treat you as property but the only way to truly avoid it is running away because nothings actually going to change on a government or legislative level. Is that the moral of this story? Aya had to run away to be safe from being sold because nothing actually changed and therefore all the women who didn’t run away are trapped in the life of pleasing men. AGAIN if this book are part of a series this element wouldn’t severely piss me off as I would know that Aya would be back in coming books to set the government on fire and would become like The Glass Arrows equivalent to the Mockingjay but since it’s a standalone I’m left thinking Simmons sends shitty messages.
- On the rant train about the government, the book ending there also means nothing is going to change in the scientific changes they’re making to innocent boys. Changing them into these Pips and Watchers. So that too is just going to continue, no repercussion? Seriously? The way Simmons finished this book truly sends the message that the entitled stay rich and everyone else is only property to be manipulated and used at their leisure.
- Like 80% of the book was this desperate mission to find and save Aya’s baby cousins, Tam and Nina, but once we found them no important questions were asked or answered. Had they started Tam on the treatments to become a Pip? If so how permanently damaged would his body be in the long run now that they escaped? Was Nina housed in one of the girl training/housing/prison facilities? If not was she living on the streets? No one hurt her, right? See important questions that will never be answered! ARGH!
- Are the Drivers going to except Aya, Daphne and the twins? How is life going to go? How will Daphne (a girl who’s lived her whole life in the city) adapt to living with the Driver’s, abiding by their strict rules. Are they going to be lenient and let Lorcan (Aya’s father) join? I truly want to know!! I want to read about life in the Driver’s village and how they all adjusting. And I honestly thought I would as the book felt like it was leading up to tell me but then it just ENDED!
- Will Lorcan and Aya form a bond? Is she going to be able to understand why he wasn’t able to be there as often as he would have liked? We will never know.
Wow that was ranty and sarcastic. I think the only thing that would solve this would be if Simmons came out with another book in the series where all the empty holes in the storyline are given resolutions. I’m telling you I thoroughly enjoyed the book up until the ending. The ending ruined the book for me.