Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Lise Haines is Writer in Residence at Emerson College, has held a Briggs-Copeland lectureship at Harvard, and was a . Review. Girl in the Arena. by Lise Haines. Eighteen-year-old Lyn has lived her entire life in the world of gladiators, and this modern-day version. Uber enters the arena first to thundering applause. I’ve read in Sword and Shield that he rubs a quart of Glow on his skin before a match.

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This from a tall male reporter with chopped blond hair. I stopped with the expectations and just went with the flow.

Things are looking pretty bleak for Lyn as well, due to the fact that because of gladiator rules, she has to marry her last father’s killer Yes because I loved the concept of the story and it had the potential to be a fierce thrill ride.

That’s what it claims transpires on the back summary, but that’s not how it happens. And I wanted her to make that a touch more explicit, and discuss violence in society more.

Girl in the Arena

This is a book about the daughter of 7 gladiators who is being pressured to be a gladiator’s wife and join glad culture.

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I spent the entire time feeling like this kind of ultra-violent, death-as-entertainment society could be just around the corner, that today’s reality shows are one step away from the bizarre rituals Lyn is privy to. Sep 10, Lucy rated it did not like it Shelves: I freaking loved this book and it has instantly earned a spot on my Best Books of list. See all reviews. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I remember seeing it at BEA and somehow not snagging a copy.


Sentences containing hyphens are usually dialogue, but sometimes they aren’t. At first it was because I thought it was a rip-off.


So Lyn is betrothed haiens this guy, kind of. Even if it means going into the arena herself. You know the big cyclops dude? There is this huge Gladiator culture that people love and live. Lyn has been raised as a gladiator’s daughter–her mother actually married seven of them, the first six having been killed in the ring.

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Lyn rings true, not least in the conflict between pacifism and her bone-deep allegiance to gladiator culture. They go to college for this. When a skilled young fighter slays Lyn’s father, the GSA imposes an unthinkable sentence-Lyn must marry her father’s murderer.

By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. It introduces some interesting ideas, too. How he’s hanes major hulking piece of man with giant muscles and can rip you apart no problem but in actuality is a sweet, fluffy guy who’s just a tad looney or not possessing the biggest amount of smarts a bit slow. It brings up some legitimate questions, questions teenage girls should be asking themselves if they aren’t already doing so.

Lise Haines’ debut novel, a dark satire for our time, is a mesmerizing look at a modern world addicted to violence, fame, and greed-a world eerily close to our own. Not just one person, but a whole community of people.

Girl in the Arena: Lise Haines: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Jan 13, Rebekah rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.


C’mon and actually fight if it honestly mattered that much to you to petition the GSA to truly allow this yirl. One of the main problems is the guy I forgot his name, yipes can’t be taken seriously. Haibes also wanted Haines to go further with the military themes.

I saw how a modern arena responded to the death of a beloved athlete, and Haines’ attempt to combine Roman attitudes with modern tech simply didn’t gel. And I think the poignancy should have been between Lyn and her brother, or maybe Lyn and her mother.

The “gladiator lifestyle”, as dictated by the Gladiatorial Sport Association by-laws, is a rigid code of conduct that affects the gladiators in the arena or out of it, and extends to their entire family. I would have liked to read more about that fall out, instead of the recap we get in the epilogue.

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Next, and this one is directly for the author. It’s because it’s convoluted, tired, and constantly propelled forward by arbitrary rules to cover gaping plot holes.

It felt more immersive for me. At the last moment — and this is where the jaines really shines — he says he can’t give it to her because if he doesn’t keep the spoils for at least a year they can add another year to his contract. And you know what? Lists with This Book. Nov 22, Tamora Pierce rated it did not like it Shelves: