Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Release: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased Hardcover (US)
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Rating: ★★★★.5☆ (4.5/5)
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
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Going into Gunslinger Girl, I was a little nervous because i’ve never read a YA Western before. I mean it’s not the most popular genre and I thought that there had to be a reason for that, right? At first I thought that I wasn’t going to be into the setting and also, it’s a really thick book. Sometimes I get intimidated by large novels that I don’t have previous knowledge of which makes me more hesitant to pick it up.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with almost everything about this book! I was totally into the storyline after only reading just the first chapter alone, and it really set up a good foundation for the rest of the read. I also think that the entire novel was fast-paced from beginning to end (I ended up finishing it in a span of 2 days).
I even adored so many characters in this! I think the novel definitely relied a lot on its characters and, in the beginning, I was a little apprehensive since so many new people were being introduced. Along the way, though, I learned to really care for some of them and became really invested in their journeys.
Speaking of characters, I feel like I should definitely talk about Serendipity. She ended up being one of my favorites in the novel and I loved her passionate, strong-willed self. She’s definitely been through a lot in just her seventeen years of life which really led her to become the confident, kick ass female heroine she morphs into as the story progresses.
There was also a romance that blossoms between Pity and another side character, Max. I won’t say too much without spoiling anything, but their love was definitely on the slow-burn side of things. I do think that that’s what was best for their relationship since they do start off as friends and hit a few bumpy roads along the way, but I think they are definitely a ship you would end up wanting to sail.
Overall, my favorite thing about this book was the setting which is strange because that was one of the things I was most nervous for going into Gunslinger Girl. Honestly, I expected the old-timey Western era but instead it was a more futuristic, post-apocalyptic version of it which was such a pleasant surprise. I feel like — if anything — it really made the plot shine because you got to not only have these vintage aspects to the story, but also modernized things as well that resulted with interesting technology and world-building.
In the end, if I had to change anything about this book it would be the ending. I thought it was nice that it included an epilogue, but still, a lot was left open-ended. I won’t go into detail, but I wish that I got to know the endings of the other characters I learned to love and even our MC as well. I think it was a solid ending, but nothing that left me totally content (if that makes sense). I’ve heard that for now this is a standalone, but I do hope that we get to go into this world again since it was such an exciting ride the first time around!
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