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 lawlessnes...

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Title:Gunslinger Girl
Author:Lyndsay Ely
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Gunslinger Girl Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • ☽☆Jean☠BookRampage☆☾

    GIVE ME A SEQUEL NOW!

    Given this books ending, I can totally see one in the future. But if not, break my heart why don't you?

    I need to get my thoughts in order but I will say now that was an incredible debut novel.

  • James Patterson

    A girl who can draw a pistol faster than any man. A United States devastated by a Second Civil War. A decadent city teeming with vice and a particular kind of virtue.

    imagines a new West where gunslinger Serendipity "Pity" Jones seeks her fortune. And you won't be able to put this book down until you finish Pity's thrilling story. I know I couldn't.

  • 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!

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    Well... I've got a bit to say here. Some of it will refer specifically to this edition, that is the audio. Other things will be general comments. I liked the idea behind this book . I'm a fan of "weird westerns", "science fiction westerns" etc. and frankly they are either way too few of them or their just really hard to find. I've picked up most every book I've come across that might/may fit the title/description fantasy type western...and sadly most have been, well to be charitable weak.

    This bo

    Well... I've got a bit to say here. Some of it will refer specifically to this edition, that is the audio. Other things will be general comments. I liked the idea behind this book . I'm a fan of "weird westerns", "science fiction westerns" etc. and frankly they are either way too few of them or their just really hard to find. I've picked up most every book I've come across that might/may fit the title/description fantasy type western...and sadly most have been, well to be charitable weak.

    This book has it's pluses and it's minuses. For one thing the book has trouble deciding whether it's adult level or YA level. The main character is a "YA" but the story takes place in a world where there has been another Civil War, lots of people are dead, lots of females are sterile and life is still pretty cheap. Of course women are still dealing with their lot of being second class citizens in some places (the settlements will "sell" young women who are fertile to other settlements who may "need them". You know when the first settlement has more fertile women than they can marry off to locals...

    Of course then we meet the "badest" leader in the badlands and she's a woman so maybe times be a changin". Who knows? Not me.

    See that's one of the minuses here. We know that there was a war, we know Pity's (short for Serendipity) mother fought for the Patriots (who lost) and that they now live in the CONA The Confederacy of North America...but that's all we really know. It seems as though things may have collapsed at some point...maybe across the entire world but we don't know. Anyway the war (wars?) were nasty even including bio-war (thus the sterility) and the CONA victors are still ready to kill those who fought for the Patriots (seems a lot like a more violent version of the Unification vs. Brown Coats war in Firefly).

    What did the Patriots stand for as opposed to the Confederationists? we don't know, however there may be later books so maybe we'll find out more.

    Another thing, the book was a good 12 chapters in before we really got moving. Just hang in, a story does develop if you stay with it. For a good while (or maybe "fir a good while" as Pity does "talk western talk") Pity is very young and she acts it. I was a little frustrated with that part of the story for...well for as long as it went on but again, it was done intentionally and fit into the book.

    Finally this edition. I find of late I do much more "brain candy" than anything serious. I suspect it's just a function of age and the fact that I'm tired. I just don't need to go looking for the seriousness of life, it finds me on it's own.

    Also I listen to a LOT of books now. I like audio books. They allow me to do other things (like my leather craft) and still "read". However I am/we are at the mercy of the reader. Now this book is about a young woman...so apparently the producer thought it would be a good idea to get a reader who sounds...well very young. Now the book is not first person it's told by a narrator. Thus to hear this rather high soprano trying to read the story was (for me) not the most ideal. The novel is about a young woman who is a good marksman (markswoman?) and the book has a good many scenes involving gunfire. When this young woman reads "BANG, BANG,BANG" I kept hearing a child playing cowboys.

    Oh well, you get the idea. I found this one a mixed bag but in the end went all the way to a 4 star rating. By the end of the book I'd gotten used to the reader and was interested in the story.

    I'd just like to know a little more about the history here...naybe just me.

    Okay, I can recommend it. Enjoy.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I'm sorry, I got nuthin'

    Mel 🖤🐾🐺

  • 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.]

  • 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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