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.
This was a book that sort of suprised me because I am a huge fan of the Western genre and I was always hoping for a YA book set in the Old West. well this book is technically set in the New West after the Second American Civil War, with a sort of dystopion setting.
The story starts with Serendipity or Pity, is trying to escape her father who wants to sell her to a Commune, which forces woman to basically become Handmaidens to produce children. She deals also mostly with the also the death of her mother who was a Patriot during the Second Civil War.
Pity is basically Katniss Everdeeen if she traded her bow and arrow for two revolvers, and she is a great shot with those revolvers. During her journey she heads to Cessation, which is a lawless town and there she is recruited to become a performer in the Theatre Vespertine.
The setting of Cessation feels sort of like a Law Vegas, where the only law is Selene’s law and you do not dare cross Selene or else you maybe put in her Finale of her show. Selene is basically the person that runs Cessation, and she runs it with an iron fist, while she may be corrupt, you kinda see a reason for her corruption.
There is also a romance in the book, with a boy named Max, who saved Pity’s life while trying to escape and introduces her to the Theatre. The romance was bestially a sort of hot-or-cold with neither one trying to let their feelings. While the romance was very basic I did feel that it took away from the plot and it also introduces a man named Sheridan who basically makes it a love triangle.
I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed, and I would have liked it to be a bit more fleshed out especially when the book takes a few good twists and turns which really makes it feel like a real western.
In the end, Gunslinger Girl was a good book. I really enjoyed the western setting, and while I heard it maybe stand alone, I would like to see where the characters go from here.