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. Lyn is the daughter of seven neo-gladiators, the men her mother married, one after another, until each died in the arena for the pleasure of the.

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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. Surprisingly, Girl in the Arena lingered in my mind days after I finished reading it so the story must have made more of an impression that I initially thought. I was angry at myself for finishing this book. Lyn, the narrator was endearing, and the writing was starting to grow on me.


I feel guilty for comparing it to the Hunger Gamesbut inevitably, comparisons will be drawn. Yes No Thanks for your feedback!

Nov 22, Tamora Pierce rated it did not like it Shelves: He’s stuck by her manic mother, when no haine else can gigl her. Haines’ idea of gladatorial combat to the death aired on live tv seemed like a fascinating combination of reality tv and our society’s love affair with violence. That shows me, that she’s not really willing to risk everything for her freedom and therefore the option to flee the country is at least more honest and shows more willingness to take risks than this cop-out!

Nov 02, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it.

The Girl in the Arena

I kept reading, even though it was so confusing and stupid and badly executed right from the beginning, because I was hoping it would get better. It was then a bunch of horrible and very-much insane thoughts popped into my head. Supposedly this was all happening now on an alternate sort of time-line, but all the merging did was annoy me.


But this is not a book about a female gladiator. The seventh and current husband, Tommy G. It’s just about a girl trying to do the “right” thing, whatever that may be, and not lose herself in the process.

The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

Nov 11, Angie giel it it was amazing Shelves: I felt like this author just threw everything together sloppily and then used these stupid rules to cover huge, gaping plot holes in the hopes that we readers wouldn’t notice. The book only goes down here from there. A Look at Book Trailers Previous post: The surprise element to the book that I absolutely loved was Thad, Lyn’s younger brother.

Not any mothers I know. Lise Haines pastes us in this alternate “now” where Gladiator sport is the norm and watching them fight and maim each other to death is the most popular entertainment in the world. Recommended for fans of dystopian YA or those who like fiction featuring reality TV. But I wanted more there. It felt more immersive for me.

It made me think about adoptive relationships. Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. He is trained to fight and she is more portrayed as a natural fighter with little to non real experience in the arena! But mother’s raising sons to be gladiators? Weaklings with no identities, no goals to call their own. When it feels like the plot is forced and the worldbuilding is one question away from crumbling down.

A third sociocritical impulse deals with the power of the media and how a single powerful person can play the media. It liise horrible, but it wasn’t wonderful either.


Open Preview See a Problem? It’s hard to enjoy a book when you simply can’t buy into the premise. At first I wasn’t always sure who was saying what. Sep 10, Lucy rated it did not like it Shelves: And for some reason that I’m not going to even begin to rationalize, she acts civil towards her step-dad’s murderer.

A Look at Book Trailers. I felt Haines never flushed Lyn out as a character or fully connected her to her decisions. Girl in the Arena really interested me at first.

Through the Ever Night. There’s a lot that happened in this novel and I kind of felt like the story was spread a little too thin.

Next, and gkrl one is directly for the author. I thought this would be my cup of tea It wasn’t even mentioned which of the gladiator dads was her brother’s father. It reminded me at times of Robin McKinley ‘s Sunshine.

The world-building is pretty weak in some places, non-existent in others. You know the big cyclops dude?

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

All I have to do is come up with something that rings with warmth, something that conveys hope to a million girls about the life of the GSA wife. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Nov 26, Clare rated it did not haibes it Shelves: I would have liked to read more about that fall out, instead of the recap we get in the epilogue.