Qty :. During the week, Lyn lives in a big house in Cambridge and hangs out with friends in Harvard Square. But over the weekend, she cheers her father on as he gears up for neo-gladiator competition-a high-profile televised blood sport that rivals the NFL. Lyn's father is the top player in the league, and the paparazzi that have always swarmed him have started to dog Lyn's every move.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Girl in the Arena is her first work for young adults. She lives in the Boston area. As a modern gladiator's daughter, Lyn and her family live by the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association. But those rules can turn against you. When Lyn's seventh father dies in the ring, his opponent, Uber, captures Lyn's dowry bracelet-and her hand in marriage.

To win her freedom, Lyn will do what no girl has done before: enter the arena and fight her father's murderer-even though she's falling in love with him. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.

Verified Purchase. Girl in the Arena fooled me - I thought I would see a lot of Gladiator action involving a girl. Alas, it was only once and I get to see it in only in the end.

The plot was averagely executed when it could have been ruthless. I still like it though; the premise of a future world adapting the Roman ways is unique. This book is more of a family-oriented story with a slight touch of dystopia. I was excited for the dystopia element! But all I read was family drama. You see why I felt cheated?

I like how Mark and his parents protected and helped Lyn in times of trouble. I like how Uber is considered one of the fiercest Neo-gladiators but usually appeared clumsy and awkward with Lyn. It's strange how I like the supporting characters more than Lyn - I just did not see her doing enough to take charge of her mother, to defy the GSA. She's smart, though. All the things she did seemed all too late for me. There are instances where I took a sharp intake of breath - moments triggered by man's cruelty.

These are the only times I was reminded that I am reading dystopia. Girl in the Arena bored me half the time. I won't say that it's a waste of time; I'd rather say I should have read another dystopia instead. Girl in the Arena is an interesting story concept taking place in a society where gladiator-style fights to the death are big business, high-stakes sports.

The lead-in to the story was kind of tough to get through as it is supposed to be an excerpt from a book on the history of how gladiator fighting began, written by a teenaged girl who has grown up in that lifestyle. That intro comes across as a poorly written book report by any random highschooler and is not indictative of the writing style of the rest of the book. That particular method of introducing the setting was, to me, kind of heavy handed and almost made me put this one down; however, I continued to read on and found the writing style changed to a more tolerable flow.

The main character is the teenaged girl and the story deals with her internal conflict at being involved in a lifestyle where human life is not really valued except with regard to fighting skills and what happens when she has to work outside the rules of her society.

The story contains violence with descriptions of bloody arena fights as well as references to suicides and deaths. It would probably be considered Young Adult genre due to the main character being a teenaged girl. Was not happy about references to animals being used in ring by organization in charge of gladiators.

This book has a great premises. The idea is amazing, the writing Very hard to read with all of the run on sentences, and with no quotation marks. Very disappointed that this is what I choose for our book club this month. Most couldn't even finish this it was so badly written. I had high hopes for this book. I chose to read it because it was on several lists of books that are similar to The Hunger Games and because the five-sentence synopsis I had read sounded so great.

As it turns out, the synopsis was better than the book. To start, it is very difficult to read. Thoughts are sometimes italicized, but sometimes they aren't. Sentences containing hyphens are usually dialogue, but sometimes they aren't.

It's very confusing. In addition, it is written like a rambling diary. Then, of course, there is the token sardonic teenage girl. Oh, for a book free of sardonic teenage girls! In fact, there is very little plot to the story and it all builds up to an epic fight that turns out to be not so epic. I kept reading because I really hate the idea of starting a book and not finishing it; I always feel as if I've wasted my time in so doing.

In this case, finishing the book was the bigger waste of time. If you are looking for a good gladiator read or something on the level of The Hunger Games, look elsewhere. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.



During the week, Lyn lives in a big house in Cambridge and hangs out with friends in Harvard Square. But over the weekend, she cheers her father on as he gears up for no-gladiator competition — a high-profile televised blood sport that rivals the NFL. Though her mother has made a career out of marrying into Glad culture, Lyn is prepared to do whatever it takes to claim her independence. Even if it means going into the arena herself. Like fight for your future, fight for your father. I started it with pretty high standards but they started to drop through the book.


Book Review: Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

Why did I read this book: A dystopian, slightly futuristic gladiator-to-the-death novel with a female protagonist? The question should be, why did it take me so long to read this book. Summary: from amazon. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family.

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