Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Posted March 14, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 3 Comments

Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

by Lyndsay Ely

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson on January 2, 2018
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Western
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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.


Serendipity Jones, y’all.

My goodness, I loved this girl.

Full disclosure?  Gunslinger Girl was preordered about two days before release, and it’s been sitting on my shelf every since.  I’ve been eyeing it with doubt and suspicion for two months until I picked it up last week thinking “might as well get this over with”.

I am a fool.

I wish I had read this book two months ago.  Heavens, I wish I had received an ARC.  Pity and Max and Luster and the whole gang were exactly what I needed right now in my unenthusiastic reading drudge.  I mean, for starters – PITY.  Serendipity Jones is such a fantastic character.  She’s Calamity Jane, she’s Annie Oakley, and she’s something fierce and powerful and entirely her own.  She’s a straight shot with a six shooter and yet she’s also a lost kitten.  You love her and you cheer for her and you ache for her.

Gunslinger Girl is one of those books where you know you’re only just skimming the surface.  While we hear a good deal of Pity’s story and even some of Max’s – we know that there a whole lot  more world out there and everyone at Casimir has a deep, troubling past.  I want to know them all, in excruciating detail.  Moreover, this book is just ripe for a sequel and I’m hoping that’s on the horizon in some SUPER SECRET vault somewhere.  It’ll be called “Bounty Hunter” and it will be amazing.  Also, guys?  Just let me dream.  I have no idea if Lyndsay is planning a sequel but if she is, I will preorder it faster than Pity can shoot a tin can off a fence at fifty paces.

This book was refreshing and rich and fun and built up in this totally stunning world and from the moment I fell in love (page 24) I have been recommending this to everyone.  Ev-er-y-one.

So if you haven’t read Gunslinger Girl yet and you’re crazy about rich dystopias, performances a la The Greatest Showman, women who don’t need rescuing, and government plots – good god y’all, what’re you waiting for?

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★ 1/2
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2

5 Star Rating


Gunslinger Girl Stays On The Shelf

You can pry this book out of my cold, dead hands.

No, seriously.  This was a treasure and I look forward to reading it again.  I always read books too quickly on my first go, especially if my husband is distracting me with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while I’m trying to read the last 100 pages.  I feel like I missed so much and I want to read this probably at least twice more down the road and it definitely gets to stay on my bookshelves.  It can move in, pick curtains even.  It has my heart.


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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3 responses to “Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

  1. I love it when books just hit you at the right time! They always end up being the ones that leave the biggest impressions on you.

    This is one of my highly anticipated reads of the year so I hope I love it as much as you did!

    • Amber

      I hope you like it too! It really wasn’t what I expected it to be, and I liked the way the story went better than my expectations, I think. I also didn’t read very many reviews on this one pre-read, so I wasn’t very influenced by that. I hope you love it!