Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

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Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

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.

Westworld meets Caraval in this extraordinary YA debut, now available in paperback!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316555104
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 84,165
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lyndsay Ely is a writer and creative professional who currently calls Boston home. She is a geek, a foodie, and has never met an antique shop she didn't like. Gunslinger Girl is her debut novel.

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Gunslinger Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
,,,so what's next for Pity and Max? Don't leave us hanging, please!
paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
Gunslinger Girl wasn't quite what I had expected. Looking at the cover and reading the description, I'd really thought I was getting into more of a western story with this one. What I ended up with was a bit dystopian, a bit carnival, with lots of fun thrown in. It honestly reminded me of when Katniss arrives in the Capital for the first time in The Hunger Games! I loved the beginning of Gunslinger Girl. It's exciting right from the first chapter, and really pulled me into the story. I loved the setting, the main character, and even the side characters were fun(although the romance never quite did it for me). But despite a strong beginning, I felt like things slowed down in the middle and then never really picked back up for the third act. While the climax was fun to read, it didn't really feel big enough to be to hold the end of the book. And I definitely saw several of the big reveals coming, so that might have taken away from my excitement at the end. The cliffhanger was really good, leaving things very open for a sequel to go in whatever direction the author chooses. Gunslinger Girl would be good for fans of The Hunger Games or The Darkest Minds who are looking for something fun and easy to read. It has a strong female lead that I really loved, and I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for Pity in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Westward meets Moulin Rouge! A thrilling, action-packed Western dystopia about a sharpshooter named Serendipity Jones. I just love that name -- #1 reason I picked up the book. There's gunfights, a Vegas-like town with a corrupt leader, a Wild West show with Pity Jones as the Annie Oakley-like star and a cute guy! Couldn't ask for more.
Raine23611 7 months ago
I was disappointed. I *really* wanted to love this book. And while the world-building was there and the characters were fun, it just never felt like more than a fictional world to me...which is, of course, what it was. But when I'm deeply immersed in a really well-done YA Fantasy, I want to forget that it's fiction at all. I want to feel the urgency of the moment and hold my breath as the characters face whatever awaits! My biggest complaint? I feel like the main character, Pity, lacked agency. Everything and everyone around her were taking action and moving their own stories forward. Except for her. She was a product of circumstance at every turn. And, I so desperately wanted her to kick ass. It was a good book. And entertaining. But I didn't make the connection to the characters and to the story the way I really craved. I doubt I will pick up the sequel. I just didn't love it the way I hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!,
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Serendipity Jones, y'all. My goodness, I loved this girl. Full disclosure? Gunslinger Girl was preordered about two days before release, and it's been sitting on my shelf every since. I've been eyeing it with doubt and suspicion for two months until I picked it up last week thinking "might as well get this over with". I am a fool. I wish I had read this book two months ago. Heavens, I wish I had received an ARC. Pity and Max and Luster and the whole gang were exactly what I needed right now in my unenthusiastic reading drudge. I mean, for starters - PITY. Serendipity Jones is such a fantastic character. She's Calamity Jane, she's Annie Oakley, and she's something fierce and powerful and entirely her own. She's a straight shot with a six shooter and yet she's also a lost kitten. You love her and you cheer for her and you ache for her. Gunslinger Girl is one of those books where you know you're only just skimming the surface. While we hear a good deal of Pity's story and even some of Max's - we know that there a whole lot more world out there and everyone at Casimir has a deep, troubling past. I want to know them all, in excruciating detail. Moreover, this book is just ripe for a sequel and I'm hoping that's on the horizon in some SUPER SECRET vault somewhere. It'll be called "Bounty Hunter" and it will be amazing. Also, guys? Just let me dream. I have no idea if Lyndsay is planning a sequel but if she is, I will preorder it faster than Pity can shoot a tin can off a fence at fifty paces. This book was refreshing and rich and fun and built up in this totally stunning world and from the moment I fell in love (page 24) I have been recommending this to everyone. Ev-er-y-one. So if you haven't read Gunslinger Girl yet and you're crazy about rich dystopias, performances a la The Greatest Showman, women who don't need rescuing, and government plots - good god y'all, what're you waiting for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much enjoyed the story looking forward to more from this author
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Pity was not going to obey her father and ran away from their commune with her BFF Finn. Caught by scavengers, Pity is rescued by a group from Cessation which is out west beyond the Confederation where she grew up. Selene is the law in Cessation and since Pity has no place else to go she adapts to Selene's rules. Even as she questions what she is becoming and does what she needs to to stay sane she still runs afoul of Selene until Selene needs her. This was so good! I figured out who were the bad guys but not the reason until the end. I liked the cast of characters. I loved Pity and Siena who knew Pity's mother from the days of the war. I also liked that Siena could fill in Pity's mother's past for her. The story pulled me in from the beginning and I hated to put it down I wanted to know what would happen. I don't know if there will be a sequel or not. It is good as it is but I still have some questions about the future. I would also like to see Pity mature as she travels with Siena.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fun, action-packed book! Hope there's a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go for a second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed and hoping for further adventures with our gunslinger girl.
SpikeLH More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected! Book was so bad I did not finish it! Something I never do. Read at least two books a week.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I enjoyed this novel and then I didn’t. I thought the concept of the novel was terrific and I enjoyed most of the characters but there were a few simple things I thought the author could have changed to make this novel much more enjoyable. When I saw the cover of this novel, I knew I had to read it. That cover had my name written all over it. I wasn’t expecting a gunslinging novel, and if you are, this is not the novel for you. This novel is not a western, per say. This novel is about a girl who instead of being sold off by her father, finds her own path in life. Armed with her mother’s guns, Pity (yes that is the main character’s name) sets off with Finn, her best friend to Columbia where they will start their journey. It doesn’t go well. Pity later finds herself in Cessation after the two girls come under attack. This is not where she wants to be but it’s a place where she can regroup if she can prove herself worthy enough. Asked to show how well she can shoot, Pity does well for her audience but a performer, she is not. Halycon thinks he can use her in the act and Pity is allowed to stay in the city and make Casmir her home. Max takes to Pity and shows her Casmir and Cessation. Pity spends any free time she has with Max. Halycon teaches Pity how to entertain an audience, how to showcase her talent and to be confident while doing so. Everyone loves Pity when she takes to the stage and Selene seems pleased with her decision to allow her to stay. Selene sees where Pity’s talent can be used for other purposes surrounding Casmir and Cessation and it isn’t long before Pity is dragged into Selene’s business without her knowing all the details. Pity is enjoying her new home now but she’s also beginning to realize that she is a part of something else much bigger. It was a fun, twisted tale at the end. A story that had me turning the pages faster and faster, frustrated, I was yelling at half the characters wondering when it all would end. I found it challenging to read this novel in certain parts. I thought that the author liked certain letters of the alphabet. There was the town of Cessation with the individuals living in Casmir. There were also the characters of Siena, Selene, Santino, and Sheridan. Now, that isn’t bad if they are in different parts of the novel but many times they were together and towards the end of the novel, they were all together. Talk about frustrating. I got irritated a bit with Pity as there were times that I thought her emotions were a bit too soft for her character. I enjoyed the author’s writing, the plot and the story moved quickly. I’m glad I picked this one up.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love Gunslinger Girl. So much, in fact, that when I started struggling to read it and set it aside I couldn’t bring myself to read something else in the meantime. As though if I limited myself long enough I’d give in and push through until it got better because it totally would. . . right? It kind of did. Enough that I finished the book feeling pretty meh about it all. Good, not great. I was expecting a futuristic Wild West. Maybe in the vein of Westworld (which I’m a tad obsessed with) with a younger heroine? Not quite what I got. Instead it started out promising but quickly fell into tropes I’m used to seeing in dystopian YAs with a hint of western flair. Main character comes from a bad place, escapes to a “better” place, learns this “better” place isn’t as great as it seems. Possible love triangle. But tropes aren’t bad. I’m just tired of them in this particular genre. It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have had the expectation that this book would be different and instead just read it as is. Now that said, I did like Pity (though reading “Pity” over and over started confusing me, I kept thinking it was the noun rather than the name). She’s not always sure of herself but wants to do more with her life than life in a Commune and have children, and she’s willing to risk everything to find something more. But I also didn’t have strong opinions about her either. Much like I found the book, Pity is a good heroine, but not anything spectacular. So an average character plays sharpshooter in what amounts to a weird combination of dystopia and Old Wild West. Now I would expect that the story would sort of revolve around Pity’s abilities with a pistol and, to a point, it was. But then everything slowed down after those initial high-tension scenes and you’re left with a weird romance subplot intermixed with schemes and plots afoot. The story became less about Pity and more about everything happening around her and how she handled it. I started losing interest. I enjoy books where the character is driving the plot through their decisions, where the character has to struggle and deal with making the wrong decision. Instead, Gunslinger Girl felt like a series of events happening to the character and she reacted. Too much reaction, not enough action (in this particular sense). It’s not a bad book. But it wasn’t a spectacular book either. Definitely average and I might pick up the sequel in the future but it’s not high on my list especially with how this book ended and a particular subplot I wasn’t a fan of. Be careful of your expectations when reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isnt there an anime\manga with the same name???
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
This was an okay read, more a 3 1/2* than a 3*. It didn't blow me away but I did manage to read it pretty quickly. Serendipity is not even close to being in the same category as Katniss Everdeen, however. I think marketers really make a huge mistake when they compare a new book to the incomparable-IE Hunger Games or Harry Potter. They hold up an example that can rarely be met and readers go away disappointed with what was a good read just not the next great read. That said I did enjoy the trip just wish there had been a bit more Western feel to it given the cover, the very awesome cover! I also wish there had been a bit more backstory of the Second Civil War. I feel like this was an area that was so lacking and could have added a lot more oomph to the story. I liked that this didn't have the typical love triangle (thank you so much, Lyndsay) in so many YA books and loved the theater aspect of it. Several reviewers compared it to a carnivale type but it actually gave me a Moulin Rouge feel. This book had a good strong start to it but it dragged a bit in the middle before it's grand finale. There is definitely a possibility of another book in this series with the way it ends and the author says "We'll see" when questioned on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going into this book I had a very different idea of what the story was going to be. But was of course! Happily surprised at where this went. And now i want more, more, more!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were all very dynamic and drew you in, I was sad when it ended. What a great story with a female lead and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
MakennaFournier More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this book I was really enjoying it. I didn't know quite what to expect other than it was supposed to be a mix of sci-fi and western, and it partially met those expectations, but for the most part it didn't. It starts of with Pity being stuck in a commune with a horrible father who is selling her off because she is fertile and then Pity runs off with her best friend. At that point I was on bored with this book, I was excited to read about the plot of them trying to survive on the run, but then it turned into what felt like something totally different. Pity ends up going to a town (Cessation) where she ends up joining a theater group, and the story turns into her learning to fit in with these new people. For the most part there wasn't anything that I really liked about the book after Pity got to Cessation, and I didn't like the fact that I was expecting to get one thing and ended up getting something else from this story. Near the end, it does loop back around to the dystopian aspect of the book of wanting to take down the leaders and what not, but by that point I just wasn't interested anymore. Overall, I just wasn't that impressed, I have never read any Western books before so I can't compare it to any others, but this book did sort of get me in the mood to read others because I want to know what one that I actually like would be like.