Review. Girl in the Arena. by Lise Haines. Eighteen-year-old Lyn has lived her entire life in the world of gladiators, and this modern-day version. Uber enters the arena first to thundering applause. I’ve read in Sword and Shield that he rubs a quart of Glow on his skin before a match. Lyn is the daughter of seven neo-gladiators, the men her mother married, one after another, until each died in the arena for the pleasure of the.
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Girl in the Arena
At the last moment — and this is where the author really shines — he says he can’t give it to her because if he doesn’t keep the spoils for at least a year they can add another year to his contract. There is no mention I can recall of women’s liberation; women hold down jobs lisr the book, but the gladiators’ wives association seems like a 50’s women’s club, taught to remind their men of where they put their swords, and how to present themselves when their man has been killed in the arena.
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At first I wasn’t always sure who was saying what. Lyn has a shorn head at the time she enters the arena as a gladiator. Specifically, having to marry the killer of her father. Girl in the Arena.
This is a book about the daughter halnes 7 gladiators who is being pressured to be a haibes wife and join glad culture. There are other things that bothered me, but I don’t care to go into all that, especially since I pretty much love this book despite all the flaws.
I mean it was physically difficult to tear my eyes away from the page. She takes her responsibilities and her heritage beyond seriously, yet she is true to herself and her growing understanding of the horrors of the society she has grown up in. She’s compared to Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta. One moment, she’s over-emotional and upset about something, and the next she acts cold and detached from areba.
I freaking loved this book and it has instantly earned a spot on my Best Books of list. He is trained to fight and she haies more portrayed as a natural fighter with little to non real experience in the arena! Lyn is struggling to hold her family together, to decide if she will follow her mother’s path and be a Glad wife, or run away from it all. It’s very clearly foreshadowed he’s going to die.
GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines | Kirkus Reviews
Not any mothers I know. All this fame comes with another price–Lyn’s family lives with the constant presence of violence, uncertainty, and a strict cultural code set by the Gladiator Sports Association. If you have something else you’d rather read, go forth and do so. It contains a pretty solid message without lie preachy.
At one point, she has a dream to become a revolutionary but then decides she only cares about herself and the outcome of her actions in reference to just herself.
Btw, there’s a rule that I have to marry the guy who gets my bracelet! Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Every now and then in the Young Adult genre we have a break out success that spawns one hundred inferior copies.
Recommended for fans of dystopian YA or those who like fiction featuring reality TV. It’s because it’s convoluted, tired, and constantly propelled forward by arbitrary rules to cover gaping plot holes.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Yes because I loved the concept of the story and it had the potential to be a fierce thrill ride. In the end she is and I can’t imagine a more beautiful Happily Ever After than that. Not just one person, but a whole community of people. The world-building is pretty weak in some places, non-existent in others. The only small, redeemable thing about this book was that one plot twist.
It’s a big deal for her, seeing as a lot is riding on her decision.
Maybe her comment was in the futility of getting over that, because in less than 50 years, there is no connection between the peace movement and the glad commercial machine. I felt Haines never flushed Lyn out as a character or fully connected her to her decisions. I assumed, and I’m sure a lot of other people did as well, that it would be similar to The Hunger Gamesdue to the title and the summary on the inside cover.
They’ll become pathetic losers.