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The Glass Ceiling by Julie LaVoie

the-glass-ceiling Title: The Glass Ceiling
Author: Julie LaVoie
Published: December 18th, 2015 by Midnight Frost Books



Darkness can hide in the brightest of places…

Pickaxes, grime, and watery oatmeal are all sixteen-year-old Heart has ever known. Growing up in the tunnels, the only breaks in her muscle-aching monotony are the numerous nights spent cramped in a metal box. Stupid runaway mouth. But when strange visions and a hidden map hint there’s more to life than she’s been led to believe — boys being one of them — only one thing weighs on her mind. Escape.

Yet freedom is a tease. Heart merely trades her small prison for a larger one — a transparent dome controlled by the Guardian, an aging leader bent on creating a genetically perfect race. Heart’s birthmark on her shoulder? An abomination that carries a lifetime sentence of slavery for females.

Refusing to let a glass ceiling deter her, Heart searches for a way out of the dome. But unraveling the Guardian’s secrets is a risky endeavor. Human skulls atop crude sticks serve as a warning: treason is punishable by death. When her new friends are captured, and escape is just an arm’s reach away, Heart must decide. Take the freedom she so desperately wants or save her friends’ lives?


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Glass Ceiling is an enjoyable read, well written with an interesting premise and themes and issues that are relatable to many people.

In the post-apocalyptic world in The Glass Ceiling, the people of Harmonia live under a transparent dome that protects them from the dangers of the outside world. Heart is a miner in the underground tunnels who believes that there is a better way to live and she never gave up hope. But escaping from the mines only lead her to a bigger prison with worse enemies, and she has to fight even harder for her freedom.

Heart is a decent character, brave and loyal, and she constantly fights for the things she believes in. But I don’t find her very relatable. While I admire her qualities, and even though find her annoying at times, I couldn’t connect to her. I felt detached and I didn’t really care very much. Despite going through a lot, I think that Heart adjusted too quickly, like she got over all the bad things that happened in just a few pages. I feel the same way about the other characters. I wish there was more backstory or something that could help me know them better.

The story itself is quite interesting and kept me reading until the end. Other than friendship and first love, and a dystopian society with an evil ruler, the Glass Ceiling tackles issues like discrimination against women. The women in The Glass Ceiling is split into three groups, the breeders, the scarlets and the slaves. I think you can guess what each group does. The men are the providers, they farm and guard and pretty much do everything, so women are taught to respect them etc. etc. It’s very disturbing, actually. I like how Heart knows that this is not the right way to live, and how she stands up for what she believes in.

I actually wanted to know more about the world they live in, maybe more elaboration. There are certain things that are not explained like the connection between Heart and her sister. I feel like that is a bit out of place in the story. I think  the ending is too neat, and even though I know Heart faced many difficulties, I feel like it’s too easy. But it is a standalone so it makes sense that everything has to be resolved. I’m actually happy that it is a standalone because so many books are part of a series now, so it’s definitely a nice change.

So in conclusion, I enjoyed reading The Glass Ceiling and I recommend it! Also, bonus points for the title 🙂 (glass ceiling: an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.)

“She’d started out the morning expecting to die, and now she was leading Harmonia’s rebirth. A rebirth that included freedom for 22. Freedom for the slaves. And the freedom to love as one chose.”

Julie LaVoie, The Glass Ceiling

3 Stars

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