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.
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.