By Lyndsay Ely
Published by Jimmy Patterson
on January 2, 2018
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
After I finished watching Justified, I was really into the idea of reading another YA western, preferably with a female protagonist (I’ve read a couple of good ones lately). I thought that’s what Gunslinger Girl would be, so I was really excited to pick it up and read it.
I liked this book, and while it started out as what I was hoping it would be, it turned into something else. Much of the story takes place in the city of Cessation, and the Theatre Vespertine, a show featuring death-defying performances and in which Pity winds up performing as a sharpshooter.
I really liked Pity and I liked the beginning of the story, but I didn’t care for the romance and my interest waned as the book went on. I was not super interested in Cessation or Vespertine and the politics of it all. So I have mixed feelings about this book but if there’s a sequel I might pick it up.