I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Published by jimmy patterson on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Westerns
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James Patterson presents a bold new heroine--a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West.
Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.
This was definitely enjoyable but it didn’t blow me away. And based on the cover and synopsis, I was expecting to fall completely in love with this one. At times, it felt like reading pieces of other books combined to make this new one. It felt a little like The Hunger Games (though I’m not sure I’d compare Serendipity to Katniss because Katniss was about a million times better than Pity) and Caraval and Vengeance Road at times, which sounds like it would be awesome but really just felt not entirely original. Which is weird for something that sounds like it would be super unique from its summary.
Just so we’re clear, I did enjoy it and I really ended up liking several of the supporting characters and almost wish we could have had more from them instead. Because the romance was a little troublesome for me. I think this part particularly is my problem and not necessarily that of the book but I just wasn’t on board with it and how it developed. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s just one of those things I personally have an issue with and not necessarily something everyone will hate. Also, I tend to not enjoy books that have one character running everything that everyone else just seems to obey no matter what and I wasn’t a huge fan of Caraval and I like to know what’s going on and who I can trust, so definitely take those pieces of information into account when deciding if this one might work for you.
I think this is definitely one that some people will love. And I can understand why they would. There’s a lot of action and high stakes and a circus-like show and interesting characters. For me, it started out really strong and then hit the middle and struggled with pacing and the other things I’ve mentioned already. And again, I did enjoy it but it just won’t be one that makes it to my re-read and must recommend to everyone I know shelves.