Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay ElyGunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Gunslinger Girl

byLyndsay ElyForeword byJames Patterson

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

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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.
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.
Title:Gunslinger GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.38 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031655510X

ISBN - 13:9780316555104


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Western Fun! I'll be honest, I never go out of my way to pick up a Western, but since I enjoyed Kerri Maniscalo's books from Jimmy Patterson, and the premise of GUNSLINGER GIRL interested me enough to pick it up when it was on sale. And I am so glad that I did! It's completely unique in its world, and as you're reading, you feel like you're on a journey with feisty, wandering soul Pity Jones. The story is very strong, and now that I've finished it, I found the book to be great for readers who enjoy witnessing characters finding themselves. I absolutely love the characters and side characters who were so much fun. Pity herself is a great heroine with a contradictory, yet honest and realistic personality. I was constantly cheering for her. Max is adorable and a refreshing love interest, especially since he still maintains his secrets and isn't insanely stubborn. The action is solid, especially around the end, and the writing is great. I hope a lot of YA readers pick this one up because it's a refreshing change to the genre and a fantastic weekend read.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half way I can honestly say I am thinking that this will be a five star read. It's super fast paced with a kickass main character, what is not to love about that?
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well, that was fun! Lots to like, but lots more that could've been developed. The settings and history are some elements in particular I would have liked to have known more about. I loved the setting of Casimir, a place of debauchery and home of the Theatre Vespertine. I really like when settings have all sorts of types because there are always interesting characters and interactions. As for the other settings, like the rest of Cessation and the political landscape back in Columbia, I feel like we didn't really get much else. We know that there is CONA (Confederacy of North America) and they beat the Patriots in the Second Civil War, but that's about it. CONA is the big bad, but what were the Patriots fighting for? There is so much more I wanted to know about the history of the current state of the country. Also, I wanted more of the western setting! It's supposed to be a mish mash of western and dystopian, but once Pity leaves the commune, it's all cities. I enjoyed the characters for the most part but there wasn't anything particularly new or standout about any of them. Serendipity "Pity" Jones is supposed to be tough as nails, but we're told that more than shown. In some pivotal moments, she can't follow through when she's expected of big things. As for the romance, I didn't love it or hate it - lukewarm feelings at best. This book was a lot of fun and I sped through it pretty quickly. Not sure if I'll read the sequel if it gets one, but this story was an entertaining ride.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Ride! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Saddle up and get ready for a wild ride! Serendipity, or Pity, as she likes to be called is set up as a headstrong protagonist from the start, not willing to let anyone stand in her way of freedom. Taking her mother’s guns and leaving her abusive family and the confines of her patriarchal Commune far behind, Pity finally has a taste of freedom. After tragedy strikes, she finds herself in Cessation, where the only law is Miss Selene’s and turning your back could mean the difference between life and death. Pity makes a deal to stay, joining the Theatre, not knowing that the glamorous lifestyle comes with a high price. I thought I knew what to expect when I read the synopsis, but there is so much more to this heroines story than meets the eye. Pity goes through a lot of growth in the book, from leaving home and being taken to Cessation, and then finding herself in the middle of a political war. She also finds love, but it becomes a subplot and does not distract from the main plot. The important thing about Pity Jones is that she is not set up as this perfect heroine who can shoot her way out of every situation. Her boundaries and morals are tested in ways she never thought possible, and she quickly learns the consequences of defiance. The history is richly intertwined with a plot full of political intrigue, with a dystopian/Wild West twist. The cast of characters is unique and full of life as well as secrets. Pity thinks she knows who she can trust, but there are also a series of shocking betrayals. The set-up is definitely reminiscent of The Hunger Games in which a high-powered city tries to control Cessation, but with so many more twists and turns. The ending was also well done and it wrapped everything up perfectly, with room left to wonder what happens next. For me, this book was more of a mix of Caraval and The Jewel than anything, so if you loved those books you will definitely love this!
Date published: 2017-10-31

Editorial Reviews

"An action-packed, thrilling read in an exciting, genre-bending book. Ely introduces readers to a dystopian wild west that is brilliantly imagined...a plot full of surprises, temptation, betrayal, and, of course, shootouts will be a welcome addition to the dystopia bookshelf."-VOYA