Those Above by Daniel Polansky

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Those Above by Daniel PolanskyThose Above three-half-stars
by Daniel Polansky
Series: The Empty Thrones #1
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 26th February 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: The Publisher
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They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the centre of the world. They are called Those Above by their subjects. They enforce their will with fire and sword.

Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.

 The story follows four unique individuals, Bas, Eudokia, Thistle and Calla in a world in which humanity has been enslaved by a superhuman race called “Those Above”. There is still much tension and many people want vengeance for what happened in the past and what is still happening in the land.

The story mainly takes place in two very different environments: the first is Aeleria, a human city under the influence of “Those Above”, however far enough away to be able to govern themselves. They merely have a Sentinel that ensures the will of her people is met in the region to the west, which includes Aeleria as well as the surrounding cities.

The second is know as The Roost, this is where the majority of Those Above abide. Here there are 5 rungs in which people live, Those Above and their servants are on the first rung, highest towards the sky. As you move down the rungs, the buildings and people become less elaborate, the fifth rung is filled with poverty and filth.

Bas, Eudokia, Thistle and Calla all come from very different backgrounds which allows you to experience the world in full. Bas is a great general leading a Legion to battle against Aeleria’s enemies, in order to expand and become a great empire. He fought in the last great battle against Those Above and faced a solo duel against one of their kind, he is the only known man to walk away from such a duel. His trophy, his sword, forged at the top of The Roost boasts a shining red blade and can cut through flesh and bones like butter.

Eudokia was widowed in the war, her beloved husband slayed by Those Above. In the years since she has been amassing power and now the control of Aeleria is at her fingertips. However she is the puppet master and therefore very well at keeping her secrets. She has a carefully constructed plan that she has worked years to fulfil and the time will soon be ready.

Thistle is a youth living in the 5th rung at The Roost, he doesn’t do much apart from hang around with his friends and drink, they also like to go head to head with rival gangs to let out some anger. There is not much he can currently do to remedy his situation. However events are about the unfold that will change his life forever, and then he will have much to do.

Lastly we have Calla, she is the top servant to one of Those Above known as The Aubade, her family have served him for many generations and she is treated extremely well. She basically acts as his personal assistant and ensures all the other servants are doing their jobs and keeps his estate running smoothly.

I found Those Above hard to get into, the first half of the book is really just doing a whole lot of world building, however it didn’t really help me picture the world as nothing was described in relation to anything else.  The four perspectives also seemed random and didn’t connect also as each story was separate, each character had friends and accquinataces that you were introduced to and it was all a bit overwhelming. However i carried through as the second half of the book really picked up for me, everything started clicking together and the puzzle was finally unravelled to show a beautifully built and thought out world.  I’ve heard that the story is going to be part of a duology and my current thoughts are that i wish this story had been a standalone and a prologue book about each of the characters pasts and more about the world could have been published later for those that were interested. My main issue was that nothing really happens in this book, it just sets it up for the next.

That being said, once i did get into the story i really enjoyed reading all about the characters are what was happening in each of their lives. Eudokia and Calla were by far my favourites, Eudokia due to her intelligence and manipulation of everyone around her and the way in which she played the game. Calla gave a great insight into the viewpoint of Those Above and how they view the humans, rather than the other way around. She was also intelligent and i really enjoyed learning more about The Aubade. He was one of my favourite secondary characters, and that’s saying a lot because there were so many.

I also really enjoyed when some of the characters paths crossed, evenly if it was just fleetingly as the event viewed from a different perspective gave a very different story as to what was happening. Especially when Calla and Thistle’s paths cross.

I have to say that the book definitely left me wanting more and i think i’m going to have to pick up the second story in order to see how everything plays out.

So, in conclusion, if you are struggling with the beginning of the book power through as the story you will get is definitely worth it.

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Waiting on Wednesday (44)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

Sisters of Blood and Spirit

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

Release Date: 31st March

From Goodreads:

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.”

Sounds like a very interesting take on feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. I’m more interested in the dynamic between Wren and Lark and how they interact than the whole dead serial killer thing (though it does add to it). I really want to see how Lark is perceived by others as well and the changes when Wren “takes over” her body. I’m hoping for great things!

What are your picks for this week?

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Family Secrets by Kat Nichols Book Blitz

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Family Secrets by Kat Nichols

Release Date: 8th January 2015

Synopsis:

“An orphan by the age of sixteen, Sophia Morganthal now lives with her best friend and struggles in a world with no relatives. Midway through her Senior year, Sophia finds herself flying across the country to live with a family she never knew existed. She ends up with more questions than answers when she discovers that not only does she come from a long line of witches but that she must be initiated within the year to prevent a battle for coven leadership.

Feeling more alone than ever, Sophia finds her solace in books. The journals of past initiates provide her with more than she ever wanted to know and make her question the path she’s on. Amidst all of the upheaval in her life, Sophia also finds one source of happiness – Connor. The last thing she needs is more complications, but Connor is the only person who makes her feel wanted for herself and not for what she stands for.

As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?”

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US


 Excerpt:

“After watching Alexa blow up a precious stone, I was a little hesitant to try. She watched me, her foot tapping the floor repeatedly, until I picked out a pretty blue gemstone that matched my shirt. I held it in my right hand, placing my left hand over it just as Alexa had done. Here is where I thought my previous failed attempts would come in handy since I already knew what didn’t work. But it didn’t matter much after all. My magic, perhaps knowing it was about to be used for the first time, was waiting as impatient as a child kept inside on a rainy day. Unlike those previous attempts, I was finally able to find it, grasp a tendril and tug lightly. It, whatever it was, unspooled and began to move towards my hands. I looked up at Alexa, panic building in my chest, heart beating erratically as this energy moved through my body. It began to pool in my hands, where I should have been able to send it into the stone, but somehow it was blocked. My heart continued to race, getting faster and faster as the energy filled my hands. The pressure built until I was sure my hands would burst, when Alexa placed a hand on my wrist.

“Relax,” she said. “Let it flow.”

Something snapped in my brain, a mental block I had thrown up against magic being real, and finally, my power began to pour into the sapphire. It wasn’t long before I felt some resistance from the stone, as the energy flow slowed. I pulled back, somehow instinctively knowing how and my connection to the stone broke. In my hands, I held my very own power stone. Opening my hand, the gem sat on my palm, pulsing along with my heartbeat. I barked out a laugh, staring at the stone, then raised my head to look at Alexa.

It was real. It was all real. Everything they told me. I shook my head, still staring at the stone in my hand. The magic energy had retreated back into my body, but I could feel it pulsing inside my chest, refusing to be hidden again, at one time both foreign and completely natural.”


 About the Author:

Kat

Kat Nichols was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. The youngest of four children, she’d been known to play for hours with only a cardboard box for entertainment. Her imaginary friends had friends… and family… and even little cities to play in. As she grew older, she began to put some of these stories down on paper, rather than keeping them in her head.

Writing a novel had always been a dream for her, perhaps an item on her bucket list, but it wasn’t until she joined a writing group with other aspiring writers that she finally got to work.When not writing, Kat is reading or driving her son to and from practices and wishing she was reading.It depends on the day.

Kat still lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her wonderful husband, their hilarious son and their sometimes adorable and sometimes annoying cat.

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Showcase Sunday (28)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

So i’ve been slightly better this week and not bought as many books, however my TBR pile just keeps growing and i really need to do something to put a lid on it. I’m hoping for my haul next week i might only have one book, thats definitely something i can keep up with and start to chisel down my TBR.

These are the books i acquired this week:

Received:

Thank you Netgalley and Avon UK

The Lie

Thank you Pan Macmillan

HausFrau

Bought:

Physical

Days of Blood and Starlight

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Impervious by Heather Letto Book Blitz

Impervious by Heather Letto Book Blitz

Impervious

Impervious by Heather Letto

Release Date: 29th April 2014

Synopsis:

“The residents of Impervious are the remnant, the survivors of the war of Annihilation. And though the city is chockfull of pleasures to tantalize and entertain, a beast lurks in the corners, haunting the residents with its presence. The Beast, a mysterious and terminal illness killed off most of Generations One, Two, and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage, a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death incites a cultural rage. But Fran lives counter-culture, off the grid in true rebel fashion. With a life far from opulent, she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals with Pete while ditching the holographic security team. To her, it’s a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can’t steal her sliver of hope, a belief that she’ll see The Epoch arrive before The Beast can pull her into its Fetid embrace.

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 Excerpt:

“Fran spied Gillius, third in line, in front of a girl with a sleek chestnut mane. Like the others, Gillius’ left fist rested on his chest, pinky pointed upward as he gave honor to the great city of Impervious. His glassy stare screamed of the venom already snaking through his veins, soon to bring an end to his life.

A shudder shook Fran as she wondered about corporeal termination. Rumors spoke of an excruciating end where the forfeitures dropped into agonizing spasms of death during the final pageant. Fran shivered again and reminded herself that sensationalism stemmed from useless gossip which, in turn, always led to melodrama. Then again, the entire event was absurd, so why not?

She questioned whether she and Pete should even be there, gawking like a typical resident as the parade worked their way down the stairs from center stage to the outside rim of the circle. They began an official promenade moving as one unit, soundlessly, like a snake slithers through tall grasses. Right behind Gillius, the girl—what’s her name?—moved with the grace of a dancer, while glowing hair cascaded about her shoulders like the velvety train of her robe.

Chestnut Peak―that was it.

As the procession moved closer, Fran could make out their facial features with better clarity. Chestnut’s obvious youth surprised her. As far as she knew, no one under twenty-five had ever forfeited, yet this girl still had the look of a mid-lifer, like Fran.

The line swayed with rhythmic motion, and soon snaked only fifteen feet or so away from the venting where Fran and Pete hid. The eerie silence which enshrouding the promenade morphed into the sound of rushing air. A dozen pairs of slippers moved in a whisper just a few inches from Fran’s eyes. When the fourth set of feet swished into her line of vision, Fran noticed a hesitation.

“Ladies and gentlemen, would you please bow your heads as Sasha Lee Dees surrenders, and we give honor to her name.”

Sasha? Fran sucked in her breath.

The entire march halted. A deafening silence reverberated through the courts followed by horrific gurgling sounds. Then, Sasha dropped to the floor. Not more than a few feet from where Fran sat tucked into the venting, her chestnut head rolled from side to side and her eyes shone like polished black orbs.

Back when Fran still lived in the Old East Wing, Sasha had visited their pod once or twice to work with Ted on his macros. Fran remembered spying on them from her doorway, hoping to catch her brother making a move or something. She could almost hear Sasha’s easy laughter and witty remarks.

Now, however, her eyes locked onto Fran’s as if screaming for help. Her face contorted, and her body trembled. Fran felt a vibration move through her own body as her nerves quivered in sympathetic pain. Sasha’s arms and legs splayed and spasmed as her back arched and head thrashed about. A sickening, acrid odor, like a mix of poison and death, wafted from the velvety robe, and bile rose in Fran’s throat. Finally, Sasha’s eyes rolled back into her head, and her movement terminated.

A cheer erupted from the crowd who loitered on overhead balconies and platforms, and Fran clasped her hands over her mouth stifle the scream that roared through her body. All Accountable residents of legal viewing age watched the event. It was a big deal. Although some probably scrutinized from a small screen in the comfort of their living pods, too many just couldn’t resist the sick urge to watch it live.

The cheers finally died down, and when reverence returned, the swishing slippers resumed. The seven forfeitures in line behind Sasha tiptoed over the fallen body and continued the march, leaving Sasha where she dropped.”


 About the Author:

Heather_

I’m a book-writing, selfie-taking, latte-drinking, social media gal. I’m living a good life on the road as a full-fledged Bedouin (Well, except, my tent is actually a fully-equipped RV.) Me and my partner-in-crime (Benj) tend to hunker down wherever the skies are clear and the temps stay in the 70’s. We call ourselves Gypsy Nerds because we aimlessly wander the U.S. with glasses perched upon our noses and faces jammed into computer screens (for the first half the day… The second half of the day is typically devoted to playing because we’re also somewhat immature.)

Like most authors, the characters I create are my extended family.  And like most readers, when the story ends, I get a little sad. In real life, I have two handsome, hardworking, grown-up boys who know how to make their Mama proud! *Waves to Joey and Mike!*

The Ascension Series is my debut into the world of YA fiction.

I’m living what I love and loving what I live!

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Waiting on Wednesday (43)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

The Walls around Us

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Release Date: 24th March

From Goodreads:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.”

I really want to read this just to unravel the hidden story and mystery as to what has happened here. How are Violet and Amber connected and what has happened that has caused such an issue? I have a feeling that there is going to be a lot more to this then has been let on and i really cannot wait to see the mystery for myself!

What are your picks for this week?


 

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Top Ten Tuesday (28)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.

This Week’s Question: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR list

This is a tough one, i’ve got lots of book i want to read and narrowing that down to 10 is more of a challenge than i wish it was. I’m going to try and narrow it down so the list is half review books and half bought books to motivate me to try and read like this. We will see :)

Review Books

10. Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made For You

I really enjoy Melissa’s Wicked Lovely series and am hoping to enjoy this new book a similar amount. We shall see soon!

9. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Gates of Thread and Stone

I’ve been eyeing up this book for a long time and i cannot wait to sink my teeth into it and get going!

8. The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara Terry Brooks

The High Druid's Blade

I really want to read more High Fantasy and i’ve heard some great things about Terry Brooks and his Shannara series. I’m really liking the idea of starting this new spinoff series as the original series is so long and frightens me. If i enjoy this book i’ll likely start the series so it’s a good way into it.

7. Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice

This book really caught my attention on Netgalley which is why i requested it and i’m hoping it’ll live up to my expectations.

6. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages and now that i own it, it will not be long before it is read and most likely re-read :)

Bought Books

5. Red by Alyxandra Harvey

Red

I love the cover, i love the synopsis. There’s really not that much to be said :)

4. The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winners Curse

I’ve heard great things about this book and i cannot wait to see how the story goes, i had this on a Waiting on Wednesday post before it was released and it just looks incredibly interesting.

3. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

There hasn’t been a Holly Black book yet that i haven’t enjoyed and this one is about faeries. I love books about the Fey and i really want to see the way that Holly manipulates and creates the world in which the story is set. I only just bought this recently but i think it will be one that i read quickly.

2. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight

I have just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone after having it sit on my shelf for far too long a time and i’m really looking forward to reading the next instalment. Daughter of Smoke and Bone finished in a place where i definitely need to know more and i really want to see what happens!

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen

I’ve heard so many good things about this book and preordered it so i’ve had it for a while now, however i still haven’t quite gotten around to reading it. I’m worried about overhype i think. Anyway i should be reading this soon and here’s hoping for great things!


What are your top ten this week?

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Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode Book Blitz

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode Book Blitz

NumbersGame

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode

Release Date: 16th March 2015 (TODAY!!)

Synopsis:

“Treena can’t wait for Rating Day. Her high score will mean a life of luxury, showing the world that she’s a valuable member of society, not a pathetic waste of space. It won’t hurt her chances with her top-Rated boyfriend, either. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life—and boyfriend—back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone seems to want her dead. And then there’s the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. They must band together if they are to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within Treena’s heart.”

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Q&A with Rebecca Rode

Q: Will you tell us about Numbers Game? 

A: Absolutely! In the New Order Republic of America, 16-year-olds are given a Rating, a number that encompasses what they’re worth to society. It determines their career, living conditions, and potential partners. This is the story of Treena, who gets a different Rating than the one she earned. She decides to fight for what is rightfully hers, determined to get her boyfriend back in the process.

Meanwhile, she meets Vance, a mysterious prisoner-turned-soldier who has his own agenda. When someone tries to kill Treena—twice—they uncover a dark conspiracy that risks much more than Treena’s Rating.

Q: Great. You probably get this question a lot, but the concept is so unique that I have to ask—where did you get the idea for Numbers Game?

A: I love this question! My husband sent me to the bank to finalize the loan on the truck he was buying. I looked at my credit score and thought how strange it was that one number was supposed to incorporate everything about me—my purchase history, how reliable I’d been, whether they could trust me to make payments, that sort of thing. And then I thought how strange it was, that we as citizens are so trusting of the accuracy of that little number, and how important it is in our lives. It spiraled from there—what is someone was manipulating the numbers? What if the number included appearance and intelligence rather than just financial history? It didn’t take long for the plot to unfold in my mind.

Q: What type of reader would like this book?

A: I tell people that it’s like a thriller version of The Scarlet Letter, but set in the future. With bombs. And kissing. Dystopian fans who like Divergent, Hunger Games, and Matched would love it.

Q: Who is your favourite character and why?

A: At first, Tali was my favorite. She knows exactly what she wants and doesn’t put up with anything. But now that the book is done, I think Vance has overtaken her as my favorite. The way he sees the world and struggles to survive while torn between two worlds really resonates with me.

Q: What was your favorite part of the writing process? What was the hardest?

A: I really enjoyed taking an idea and running with it. Once I had the world solidified in my head, it was fun to explore all the different aspects of it—political, social, financial, emotional, etc. I wrote myself into a dozen corners because I was just having too much fun.

The hardest part? Probably the time it took to finish it. When I began writing Numbers Game in 2012, I was also juggling a journalism career and three kids, and then my nonfiction book was accepted for publication, so that took all my remaining hours. When my fourth child was born, everything came to a screeching halt for a while. It wasn’t until Numbers Game won first place in a statewide writing contest in that I decided to buckle down and get serious with it.

 Q: Why did you decide to make it a series instead of a stand-alone book?

A: You know how some authors say that their characters grab hold of the story and steer it in a different direction without their permission? That’s kind of what happened here. It just couldn’t end with this book. There was so much more that needed to be explored. Besides, Treena had a little more growing to do, and I think you’ll love the person that she becomes.

Q: Thanks for joining us. Where can we find out more?

A: Visit my website at www.AuthorRebeccaRode.com or sign up for my monthly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bdwUKL. I give away free stuff sometimes, if you’re into that type of thing. But remember, Numbers Game is only discounted on Amazon for a few days, so you may want to snatch it up quick.


 About the Author:

Rebecca

REBECCA RODE is an award-winning author, journalist, and mother of four. She is the author of the YA dystopian novel, NUMBERS GAME, and the inspirational book, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU’RE FALLING TO PIECES. She also writes for Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald. However, her true love is writing for teenagers. She enjoys traveling, reading, and martial arts, and she has a ridiculous addiction  to chocolate-banana shakes.

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Showcase Sunday (27)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

So, i didn’t do too great on the not really buying anything this week. However i’ve been eyeing up Red for a while. I really enjoyed Deep Blue and decided that i wanted it as a physical copy and not just on my Kindle and The Darkest Part of the Forest is just kind of obvious. I also didn’t do too great on not requesting much more. But they again look really interesting and i’m looking forward to reading them all. I’ve started to get back into the swing of reading again now term has ended and managed to finish 3  books this week so i’m hoping to keep this up.

These are the books i acquired this week :)

Received:

Thank you Netgalley and Publishers

As Red as Blood As White as Snow Shadow Shadow

Bought:

e-books

Red Alpha and Omega

Physical

Deep Blue The Darkest Part of the Forest

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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Glass Arrow by Kristen SimmonsThe Glass Arrow four-half-stars
by Kristen Simmons
Published by Pan Macmillan, Tor Teen on February 10th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
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Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies 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.

The Glass Arrow is set in a world where woman are scarce and owned basically as breeding mules by the male population. They are sold at auction and when their owner is through with them, they go through the same process again. Those that aren’t chosen are usually taken as prostitutes to the Black Lanes and the women have no say in this world.

The story follows Aya (also known as Clover for a majority of the book), she was raised out in the mountains away from the city and with a small group of women that act together as a family. They are entirely self sufficient and aren’t forced to take part in the auction as no-one knows about them. However one day trackers (men searching the mountains for woman) come to Aya’s home and she is captured and taken against her will back to the city.

Mountain girls are highly sought after as there is a fertility problem with the woman brought up in the cities, likely due to the meal replacement pill that they take rather than the fresh food Aya captures and kills. As a result Aya is sold for a high price to The Garden, basically a place to groom the girls into acceptable wives. They are then responsible for “dolling” the girls up for the auction and get the profit.

Many of the girls who are brought up in this society think of it as a honour, want to be chosen and are disappointed when they are not. It is only really Aya and another girl that realises what is really happening to them and how this is not how society is meant to function

“They’ve forgotten, or maybe they’ve never learning, that their worth is not determined by how much a man wants them.”

The auction itself isn’t pleasant, girls are paraded around on the stage and potentially bid upon, if so they are taken back to the Garden for a week while the paperwork is finalised. They have to meet their prospective buyer during that time and do whatever they wish, however if the buyer forces them to have sex with them before their medical they are outcast from society. They receive a slash on their cheek to mark that they are basically a whore and their only option in the city is to work in the Black lanes.

I liked that the book was split up into 4 distinct sections, Aya’s initial life in the mountains, her time at the Garden and more that i don’t want to reveal incase of spoilers. The world building was very interesting to watch unfold and i couldn’t help but wonder what was happening in the other towns, did they all act in exactly the same way or are there any differences? Everyone we met in this story was from the same area, however there were so many different classes of people and differences in jobs that are performed. It was all extremely well developed.

Aya is incredibly intelligent and i really enjoy watching her struggle with the thought of conforming to this world and its ideals and her incredible concern throughout the novel for her family. I found the way she formed relationships interesting and more who she formed these relationships with.

I really enjoyed this as a standalone and whereas i do want to know more about what will happen, i feel like it was definitely the right choice for the novel and the story’s ending does close itself up quite nicely.

The only negative i have would be i would have quite liked to have spent a bit more time in the 3rd section and had that area be a bit more developed, the characters there seemed potentially really interesting and i felt like it was almost slightly anti-climatic.

However, it’s definitely a must read for those that enjoy fantasy, i’m not exactly sure which sub category this falls into, but if you like the idea of the world and enjoyed the summary you’ll probably also enjoy the story.

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