Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

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 lawlessne...

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Title:Gunslinger Girl
Author:Lyndsay Ely
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Gunslinger Girl Reviews

  • Cindy

    If Louis L'Amour wrote MOULIN ROUGE and set it in the Capitol of Panem... you'd have GUNSLINGER GIRL. (Okay, so I've actually never *read* a Louis L'Amour book—I know, Mom, don't hate me—but he was the most notable Western writer I could think of.) I can honestly say I've never read another book quite like Lyndsay Ely's debut... and I can also honestly say I'll probably never forget it! Ely's characters and setting are both larger-than-life; fans of THE HUNGER GAMES will love the complex politic

    If Louis L'Amour wrote MOULIN ROUGE and set it in the Capitol of Panem... you'd have GUNSLINGER GIRL. (Okay, so I've actually never *read* a Louis L'Amour book—I know, Mom, don't hate me—but he was the most notable Western writer I could think of.) I can honestly say I've never read another book quite like Lyndsay Ely's debut... and I can also honestly say I'll probably never forget it! Ely's characters and setting are both larger-than-life; fans of THE HUNGER GAMES will love the complex politics of Cessation and the ruthless, bloodthirsty tactics that Cessation's charismatically chilly leader uses to keep everyone in line. GUNSLINGER GIRL was a rollicking read from first to last!

    (A quick note: I don't do a lot of content warnings anymore, but did want to note that there's a lot of drinking to excess and a fair amount of drug references, possibly making GUNSLINGER GIRL more suitable for mature teens and adults.)

  • Kerri

    Fans of WESTWORLD will devour this and beg for more! Dark as a dystopian future and wild as the old West, this is a debut to keep in your sights.

  • BrocheAroe

    As much as I'd like to say I don't judge a book by its cover, sometimes I do pick one up solely because the cover calls to me. Isn't this cover intriguing? I want to be her. So I picked it up and read her in almost one sitting (darn that work shift getting in the way), and now I can't stop talking about how much I love this book. It's a debut novel, too! Which means to me, and no pressure, Lindsay, but I'm excited for all the years of reading your works ahead of me.

    Shelf-talker: Watch out, Annie

    As much as I'd like to say I don't judge a book by its cover, sometimes I do pick one up solely because the cover calls to me. Isn't this cover intriguing? I want to be her. So I picked it up and read her in almost one sitting (darn that work shift getting in the way), and now I can't stop talking about how much I love this book. It's a debut novel, too! Which means to me, and no pressure, Lindsay, but I'm excited for all the years of reading your works ahead of me.

    Shelf-talker: Watch out, Annie Oakley! Serendipity Jones has come to Cessation, and she's making her (expert) mark on the city of sin. This riveting debut novel follows Pity as she escapes a forced marriage and the 87th Commune (the only home she's ever known) and heads toward Columbia, across the "Wild West" of a post-Second Civil War landscape. Deadly Scroungers and a well-timed rescue derail her plans, leading her to Max and the Theatre Vespertine. Though Pity's now enjoying more creature comforts (delicious food, luxurious rooms, stylish clothes) than she's ever known, every day she stays in Cessation comes at a cost: complete loyalty to Selene, who rules Casimir (Cessation's "house of ill repute" and the home of the theater) with a velvet-covered iron fist, and Pity's struggle to decide whether she will allow her sharpshooter skills to be used for an act far more deadly than the mere marksmanship she displays before an audience. When Pity finds herself at the center of a plot to overthrow Selene, she must decide what is more important: the lives of her new friends, her new love, or her freedom - the one thing she's always wanted but has not been able to secure. A fast-paced, riveting debut novel featuring a cast of kick-ass females. While the ending does not disappoint, there's plenty of story left for a possible book 2.

    Personal Notes: Two thumbs way, WAY up! I devoured this book, and challenge you not to do the same. The world building was just enough - lots of details that built a full picture but without bogging us down with ones that would make the story drag. I think that was one of the most impressive things about this book: the amount of plot it contained for its length. A LOT happened in those 368 pages, and the storyline just kept moving right along. There wasn't a lot of down time, and I really liked that. The pace of the book seemed to match the pace of the world Pity lived in. In a futuristic, somewhat dystopian Wild West world like this, I don't think they would have taken a lot of time to think things through. They would have had a thought and then acted, or let their actions speak for them, both of which we see evidence of many times over during the book.

    Also, the cast. So many great female characters! While the males were no slouch either, they weren't the driving force of the book. There's plenty of fodder here for a feminist reading, but I'll contain myself and just list the main females that really pushed the plot forward: six-shooter toting Serendipity Jones herself, of course; her BFF, Finn, who provides comfort, support, and a major life lesson; Pity's mother-in-memory, and the sharp-shooting lessons she gave Pity; Selene, the ruler of Casimir, with a real friend-or-foe dilemma going on; Siena Bond, the bounty hunter, who may or may not be after Pity, but who certainly knows more than she's telling; and so on. I could name so many more, but that taste should be enough to convince you that women are the heart and soul of this novel, and I couldn't be happier in recommending it as a read.

  • Ashley Speakman

    This book is very different from any book I've ever read. It is set in a futuristic Wild West. I was hooked from the first page. Here was a girl who called herself Pity. Her life was terrible. She and her BFF Finn attempt to escape to a big city and out of the confines of Pity's abusive father. She's escapes with her dead mother's two guns. Pity finds herself in Cessation. It's like a carnival city with a fortress at the center called Cassmir . Pity is set to train to be in the city's theater ac

    This book is very different from any book I've ever read. It is set in a futuristic Wild West. I was hooked from the first page. Here was a girl who called herself Pity. Her life was terrible. She and her BFF Finn attempt to escape to a big city and out of the confines of Pity's abusive father. She's escapes with her dead mother's two guns. Pity finds herself in Cessation. It's like a carnival city with a fortress at the center called Cassmir . Pity is set to train to be in the city's theater act. Miss Selene runs the town and if you don't do what she wants, you will find yourself in the theater finale. But, can Pity do what she's told?

    There was a little romance in here but true to YA, it's not descriptive in its content. It's still sweet and warming.

    I loved the characters in this book. I was rooting for Max and Pity to get together as soon as they met. I loved how quirky Olivia was. I didn't like Sheridan. There was something about him. I couldn't put my finger on...

    I am hoping there is a second book with more adventures with Pity. The end doesn't wrap up all the way but not really a cliff hanger either. All in all a great debut novel and I am looking forward to Lyndsay's next book!

  • Darque  Dreamer

    Fast paced and riveting, Gunslinger Girl is sure to thrill you! Praise goes to Lyndsay Ely for creating a world where the wild west meets a dystopian future. This story has adventure, danger, and a bold heroine you won’t soon forget!

    The Plot: Serendipity wants nothing more than to be free of her tyrannical father and unhappy life in the commune. She jumps at the first chance of freedom, but quickly learns that it comes with a price. She soon finds herself in the city of Cessation, full of decade

    Fast paced and riveting, Gunslinger Girl is sure to thrill you! Praise goes to Lyndsay Ely for creating a world where the wild west meets a dystopian future. This story has adventure, danger, and a bold heroine you won’t soon forget!

    The Plot: Serendipity wants nothing more than to be free of her tyrannical father and unhappy life in the commune. She jumps at the first chance of freedom, but quickly learns that it comes with a price. She soon finds herself in the city of Cessation, full of decadence and debauchery. As the fastest gunslinger of the west, she is offered a life of fame, but may have to give up a piece of her soul. With the aftermath of the second civil war looming over the city, and the spreading corruption of rebellion, Pity’s taste of freedom may go down in a blaze of glory and bullets.

    Wow! Gunslinger Girl blew me away! This one far exceeded my expectations! I knew I was going to love it when I saw the stunning cover and the thrilling synopsis, but I am excited to say that this is my new favorite book of 2017 (even though it’s not going to be published until 2018, shhh). There was not one aspect of the story that I did not enjoy! It was full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.

    Lyndsay Ely did a phenomenal job with her debut novel. The world building was absolutely incredible, and rich with detail! I pictured Las Vegas meets The Wild West with hints of a Fallout (post-apocalyptic video game) type setting. I was not left wanting for imagery. Cessation was an incredibly written city that felt authentic, luscious, and treacherous.

    The characters met along the way were extremely entertaining and highly developed. Each one had a unique back story and personality. They all worked so well together and added such depth to the plot.

    Pity was the perfect gunslinging badass. She was tired of her mistreatment at home, and her circumstances, so she found the guts to do something about it all. She was fierce, brave, and moral, right to the end.

    Max had the mysterious, misunderstood bad boy thing going for him. He was loyal and protective. He added a bit of intrigue to the story, and definitely took me by surprise.

    Selene was my second favorite character. Pity being my favorite, of course. She was strong, calculating, and a badass force to be reckoned with. I pictured a Charlize Theron character in her place.

    Even the supporting characters were astonishingly wonderful! There was sassiness in both Olivia and Flossie. Garland offered a bit of lust and intrigue. Luster was mischeivious, but also caring. Duchess had a confident air, all of his own. Santiago was quite humorous at times, and added an extra layer of “oomph” to the group. And Halcyon added a layer of eccentricity and vivaciousness to the mix.

    This book was everything I wanted in a story, and so much more! There were unpredictable plot twists and thrilling shoot outs. The plot had entertainment, temptation, betrayal, and passion! Gunslinger Girl is now my new favorite and I look forward to reading it over and over! Make sure to pre-order this if you are looking for a story to blow the rest out of the water!

    Keep an eye on my blog for an author interview coming within the next couple of months:

    Thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books and Hachette Book Group for sending me this free ARC in exchange for my honest review! I cannot wait to buy the published hard copy!

  • Aneta Bak

    Gunslinger Girl was a powerful book set in a dystopian western society. It was so creative and unique, I loved every minute of it.

    Pity can't wait for the day she can escape the commune. After her mother's death, Pity has lived a life of being told what to do by her father. When her father returns to town and tells Pity of his plan to sell her off to some stranger because she's "fertile," Pity decides that her escape is either now or never. Pity is taken to Cessation where she is offered a life o

    Gunslinger Girl was a powerful book set in a dystopian western society. It was so creative and unique, I loved every minute of it.

    Pity can't wait for the day she can escape the commune. After her mother's death, Pity has lived a life of being told what to do by her father. When her father returns to town and tells Pity of his plan to sell her off to some stranger because she's "fertile," Pity decides that her escape is either now or never. Pity is taken to Cessation where she is offered a life of fame in the Theatre as Serendipity Jones, the fastest gunslinger in the west, but freedom comes at a price.

    This book was not at all what I originally expected, but I fell in love with it nevertheless. Pity is an amazing main character and I just cant get enough of her. She is so strong and smart but she's also very human. She is not always brave and occasionally does the wrong thing, but her character development throughout the book was absolutely exquisite. She becomes stronger and a better woman. I cant wait to read more of her story and what she does next.

    The supporting characters in this book were also very unique and engaging. I absolutely loved Max and Selene. Max is definitely the mysterious, artistic, bad boy type with a good heart that you cant help to fall in love with. And Selene is such a strong ruler, but also very loveable at times. The rest of the characters were really interesting as well, although it took me a bit of time to figure out who was who as I got the names confused in the beginning.

    The plot of this story was what surprised me the most. I was expecting the typical western, like something out of Back to the Future III, but instead you get a complex dystopian world, that is something you haven't heard about before. The world that Miss Ely created was breathtaking and I absolutely loved it. We got to know the politics and how the country is run, as well as the backstory of what happened to create this dystopian world. I really hope to explore the world a lot more in the future books.

    Overall, I loved this book so much, and I can't wait to read more from this series and from this author. I highly recommend this book to all YA Fantasy and Dystopia lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

    Happy Reading,

    Aneta

  • Katerina

    I didn't know

    existed before the day it arrived on my doorstep. I didn't know what to expect, only what the cover and the blurb suggested:

    . It is with great pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, to declare that

    !

    I didn't know

    existed before the day it arrived on my doorstep. I didn't know what to expect, only what the cover and the blurb suggested:

    . It is with great pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, to declare that

    !

    After a devastating Civil War that left the country in ruins, the Confederation of North America arose, trying to stabilize its rule using raw brutality against the Patriots and a mix of propaganda and strict rules towards its supporters. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones, in a desperate need to escape from her cruel father, fled from her commune taking with her only her mother's six-shooters. An unfortunate occurence led her to Cessation, the City of Evil, where no laws apply and the greatest show on Earth,

    , gives mesmerizing and deadly performances. Death here becomes a spectacle. Pity finds a home in this peculiar city, but living in Cessation, performing in the Theatre, has a terrible cost. Between ambitious politicians and cunning bounty hunters, Pity faces the dilemma whether Cessation is worth saving or it should be left to crumble.

    While you read

    , you realise one thing: Theatre Vespertine is more than a show. It's a challenge to all sensations, a vibrant spectacle that feeds the masses and gives them blood to quell their thirst. But when the spectacle is over, when the curtains fall and the blood is mopped up, it doesn't mean that the performance is. For even

    , before the gangs take control or the victims of freedom start piling up.

    ; she doesn't elaborate much on the world-building, and this is one of the rare occasions that it's fine by me because she manages to impart the essence, the danger of her world without fanfares and boring details, but her story is still

    , especially once you turn the first pages.

    In Cessation, and Pity's world in general, there is no black and white, bad guys versus good guys. All of them are

    , using any means necessary to achieve their goals and exploiting weaknesses of their enemies' and allies' alike to their own gain. In this parade of dubious, intriguing characters, of prostitutes and performers and artists and politicians, Pity Jones is the leading star. For the sake of honesty, I have to admit that I didn't feel connected to her character, but this detachment didn't prevent me from enjoying her story. Other characters, like Max and Selene and Beau provoked stronger reactions (whether good or bad you have to read

    in order to understand), and they were

    and a great addition to the plot.

    Judging by the way this book ended, I'm fairly positive there will be a sequel, one I am looking forward to reading!

  • Shae McDaniel

    It is entirely possible that the story improves past page 76, but I just can't stick it out. This book reads like bargain basement YA from 2007. It does nothing new. It takes the standard dystopian tropes, adds some Western "flavoring," and calls it a day. You have a horrifically misogynistic commune (literally called the Commune) where everyone talks like an old time Western painted over in sepia and women are coveted for being fertile and traded from commune to commune as underage brides. Of c

    It is entirely possible that the story improves past page 76, but I just can't stick it out. This book reads like bargain basement YA from 2007. It does nothing new. It takes the standard dystopian tropes, adds some Western "flavoring," and calls it a day. You have a horrifically misogynistic commune (literally called the Commune) where everyone talks like an old time Western painted over in sepia and women are coveted for being fertile and traded from commune to commune as underage brides. Of course the protagonist has an abusive, religious father and two brothers who take after their pa. She's mouthy and gets herself in scrapes. She ends up heading to a glittering, hedonistic escape out west (read: Las Vegas) and ends up rooming in a brothel but is not a prostitute.

    Oh and did I mention that this post-apocalyptic background was put in place after the Second Civil War, which was literally between the Confederacy of North America and the United Patriot Front and

    ?? Because that's a thing. Also, the protagonist is guided by a Latino gentleman, and we know he's Latino because he sprinkles Spanish 101 vocabulary into his dialogue,

    There's an awful

    Look, I don't want to scare anyone off this book. I thought what I read was really basic and paint-by-numbers, but you know what? That legit has its place. There are people that connect with that and good for them! If you're not already really knowledgeable on western and/or dystopian tropes, you may find this really fresh and new. I have less good things to say about the whole Confederacy/Spanish character stuff, but I didn't finish the book either, so do with that what you will.

    [Edited to fix a few typos. There are likely more.]

  • Erin Bowman

    Equal parts futuristic dystopia and gritty western, GUNSLINGER GIRL is genre-bending at its finest. Much like the theater in which her sharpshooting heroine performs, Ely's debut dazzles and stuns.

  • Candace Robinson

    I was confused by this one. Not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t for me. From the cover, the title, the blurb, and even the beginning ... I thought I was going to get something very the Quick and the Dead

    like, except set in the future. Instead it was a hodgepodge of things, and the western stuff is only in the first few chapters.

    As for characters, this is a small thing, but I just didn’t like the name Pity, so since it was written in third person I kept seeing Pity, Pity, PITY! I would hav

    I was confused by this one. Not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t for me. From the cover, the title, the blurb, and even the beginning ... I thought I was going to get something very the Quick and the Dead

    like, except set in the future. Instead it was a hodgepodge of things, and the western stuff is only in the first few chapters.

    As for characters, this is a small thing, but I just didn’t like the name Pity, so since it was written in third person I kept seeing Pity, Pity, PITY! I would have just loved to have seen her whole name Serendipity or even Seren or Sera.. It didn’t affect whether I liked the book or not, though.

    Here’s what I didn’t get about Pity. We are led to believe she’s a badass shooter and stuff, but when moments come she becomes very human. Which I personally love when a character isn’t overly strong, but the thing is, she’s supposed to be from the first few chapters. So, it’s like a character flipflop. Max was super sweet, but even he acted like a baby. Speak what’s on your mind, boy!

    The author writes well, and plenty of people will fall in love with this story. But like I said, I wanted a full blown western set in the future!

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