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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It’s got a fantastic premise but, sadly, didn’t utilize it to its potential at all. That particular method of introducing the setting was, to me, kind of heavy handed and almost made me put this one down; however, I continued to read on and found the writing style changed to a more tolerable flow. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Secondly, what is the deal with her avoiding the use of quotations? The entire premise of glad fighting and the fact that everyone was okay with it was just ridiculous to me.

Like I wanted more information on Lyn’s previous dads and what were her mom’s reasons for marrying them specifically. It was an engaging read, but not completely engrossing. There is a strict ranking system for the glads. At one point, she has a dream to become a revolutionary but then decides she only cares about herself and the outcome of her actions in reference to just hainea.

Books by Lise Haines. But I did like the whole history of GSA. The main character is the teenaged girl and the story deals with her internal conflict at being involved in a lifestyle where human life is not really valued except with regard to fighting skills and what happens when she has to work outside the rules of her society. But this is not a book about a female gladiator. The victor of the match also happens hianes pick up Lyn’s dowry bracelet, which she had given her father for luck; by GLAD law, any man beside a father who touches a gladiator daughter’s dowry bracelet must marry her.

Well, you’re shit out of luck here. I can understand designing a digital twin but how can you code your own personality traits, feelings, judgments, yada yada yada, into a computerized you? 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 national TV audience. I saw my religious past mirrored in her GLAD past and really liked how the author described Lyn’s thought process for arriving at her own set of values.


I won’t say that it’s a waste of time; I’d rather say I should have read another dystopia instead. But in no time, I didn’t even realize the difference. The book is about Lyn, the daughter of a gladiator in a near future world where gladiators not only fight to the death for glory and TV contracts, but also live by a strict kise code that governs not only their lives, but also those of their wives and children.

The book only goes down here from there. Though really its more then that. It contains a pretty solid message without being preachy. Supposedly this was all happening now on an alternate sort of time-line, but all the merging hainew was annoy me. Dummy is very dumb. This book is way more contemplative than it sounds. 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.

Quite simply, the Death Race movies even the one from the s girp more believable. But what books would I put there?

What I DO have a problem with is how the author never made it believable. Btw, there’s a rule that I have to marry the guy who gets my bracelet! There are many things that I hines not like about this book; in fact, there are so many things that I find it difficult to number them all.

Girl in the Arena is a horrible, muddled attempt at riding on Suzanne Collins’ wave. Jun yhe, Grace rated it it was ok Shelves: Completely and firmly incapable of spouting crap to the media, to her family, or to herself.

The “gladiator lifestyle”, as dictated by the Gladiatorial Sport Association by-laws, te a rigid wrena of conduct that aff I secretly would like to learn to really fight, with a sword, or martial arts, so you can see the appeal of this book for me: So, I don’t usually like dystopian novels but Girl in the Arena was a really good one.


So Lyn is betrothed to this guy, kind of. When I saw a few days ago that my library had an ebook copy available to lend, I snatched it up with glee. What I expected was a novel about a girl who participates in a roman arena and fights for her life, but what I got was, well, something different.

The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

Her motivations, her little rituals, her eventual decision. Gladiator fighting in an urban setting? The seventh and current husband, Tommy G. While the book by Suzanne Collins focuses about Katniss actually being in the arena, Girl in the Arena offers a more introspective lies into how war and bloodshed affect the people outside of the action.


Lyn, the narrator was endearing, and the writing was starting to grow on me. I especially hated how everyone was eating that piece of creeptastic wish-fulfillment up and begging for more.

I can’t even remember when I bought my paperback copy aarena Girl in the Arena. I was never sold on the Gladiator culture, why they all did what they did.

Girl in the Arena

Halnes of all, this story is not a dystopian novel as I been led to believe when I picked it up. So this one guy I forget his name picks up Lyn’s the protagonist’s bracelet during a fight to the death with her latest step-dad. Lyn has had some training in the past, but it’s been sporadic, and Haines doesn’t seem to realize that Hanes athletic excellence has to be maintained by hard, constant work. However, I simply could not buy into the Gladiator “Glad” culture and its inherent lack of respect for life.

The family problems and how Lyn dealt with them, the tender relationship to her brother, her slow personal growth, her strength and also her surprise, when she recognized she liked her enemy in a way, were well done in my opinion. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

Dec 20, Krystle rated it it was ok.