Published on: February 9th 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
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This book is part of the Red Queen series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
After finishing the first book in this series my very first thought was “Thank goodness I waited so long to read ths book that I can just start the second book straight away!” Upon finishing this book my thoughts were not so happy and were ore of a “WHHHHHHHHHY?! Why must I wait SO LONG for the next one?! I NEED it NOOOOOOOOW!”
Yeah, it was that good.
“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
Like every young heroine thrust into a rebellion things change dramatically. Katniss got PTSD, Tris went a little crazy and decided to sacrifice herself for anyone and anything, Mare meanwhile…she went a little dark, but after everything she has been through you can hardly blame her.
Mare is one of those characters who takes the worries of the entire world and puts them on her shoulders. Everything she does, no matter how morally right or wrong, is for her main goal of protecting herself and those like her. And reading from her point of view you can see how she justifies this, but as a third party you can also see how sometimes she doesn’t see the whole picture and may take things a little too far.
She damages a few of her friendships/relationships in this book, but after the betrayal of Red Queen you can hardly blame her trust issues. I wouldn’t say that I’m worried about Mare going full on bad, because I think by the end of this book she had learnt her lesson, I’m just hoping she manages to repair the friendships quickly, because I really do love some of the relationships in this series.
“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
I felt so bad for Cal in this book. He is very much in the middle of the Silver’s and Red’s and no longer has a place where he belongs. The Silver’s hunt him down for his supposed traitorous act against the kingdom and the Red’s don’t want or like him because he is Silver, a Royal and therefore had a hand in sending Red’s off to war.
He ends up with Mare’s small group of rebels, but he struggles with tying himself to them and being known as a fellow rebel. He sticks with them because he wants revenge on his brother and they give him the best chance of getting that, but he doesn’t want to be associated with a rebellion, knowing that nothing good could ever come from it.
So yeah, I felt bad for him, he had a hell of a lot to deal with in this book: betrayal, loss, banishment, constantly fighting for his life. I really hope that he finds his place in the next book.
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
There were some subtle romance in this book but not anything worth talking about. It really does take a back seat in the face of all the rebellion type stuff. You can definitely see the potential for a romance there, but at the moment it very much feels like a Katniss & Peeta “comforting friendship”. But I have big hopes that these two characters will eventually realise that they love each other and get together.
“I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze.“
I really liked discovering the ‘newborns’ as they are named in this book. There were some really cool powers/abilities that turned up, but I was a little sad that they didn’t get more time in the spotlight. They were there for the action, but otherwise just seemed to be in the background. But then I guess that we are reading from Mare’s POV and as she is distancing herself from everyone that we aren’t really going to see all that much of them.
“Kneel or bleed.”
It was maybe a little slow to start off with but by the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat, and that ending was just so gooooood! I heard that this is actually going to be a 4 part series and not a trilogy, which has me slightly worried as I don’t know if there is enough stuff left to fill another two books unless Aveyard introduces something big to the story. Even so, I am desperate to get my hands on the next book!
Re-Readability: Most definitely!
I would recommend this book to fans of: dystopian, fantasy, characters with powers, rebellions, strong female characters
Have you read Red Queen and/or Glass Sword?
What would be your chosen ability?