Around 10 years ago, I read a new book about an entire world, with different alien species all fighting. I remember the enemies being spider-like. The protagonist learns that they are being watched and I think finds hints of it all being televised. It was a part one of an unfinished story kind of thing.

Very Lost meets The Hunger Games. And I believe it had a title like Bone Arrow or something like that.

  • So are the spider aliens the ones running the games? Or are the enemies inside the game? Or a bit of both?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 14:28
  • goodreads.com/book/show/21412023-the-arrow has some matching details, but it's 2014. And a graphic novel.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 14:31
  • I remember it being a different species that couldn't communicate at all, and they were basically at war. But the watchers were something else entirely. Every participant was like a primitive society. Except for the hints of who was watching.
    – Fulvous
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 14:31
  • Was the protagonist human or an alien? And were they male, female, or neither? Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 14:32
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    Maybe one of the Bone World books by Peadar Ó Guilín?
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 19:12

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It was the first book of the Bone World series, Inferior, by Peadar Ó Guilín. Thank you a bunch @Danny Mc G!

STOPMOUTH AND HIS family know of no other life than the daily battle to survive. To live, they must hunt rival species, or negotiate flesh-trade with those who crave meat of the freshest human kind. It is a savage, desperate existence. And for Stopmouth, considered slowwitted hunt-fodder by his tribe, the future looks especially bleak. But then, on the day he is callously betrayed by his brother, a strange and beautiful woman falls from the sky. It is a moment that will change his destiny, and that of all humanity, forever.

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    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 20:19

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