dystopian • young adult • fantasy
If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
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?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
read my review of Red Queen (#1) by Victoria Aveyard
After months painfully waiting, I finally read the second installment of Red Queen series. I wrote review before about how I loved the first book and now I can’t believe I have read the second one already.
In the first book, the story took a slow start with a steady pace introducing the characters. Well, in this book there were a lot of action packed scene with plotting revenge and survival.
There were no big plot twist in this book such as in the first one, but the story became more intense and exciting. I still found it hard to put my trust in any other character since I’m trying so hard not to make the same mistake as the first time. So, in this book, I questioned each characters motive every now and then. Romance-wise, I’m still not rooting for any of the boys right now since I was pretty sure the second book weren’t focusing on that stuff.
Mare has improved to the Katniss and Tris type of heroine. Well, most of YAs are. I’m not sure if most of reader found that as a good improvement, but I personally think it was predictable and common to found a badass Katniss type heroine in most YA books.
The new characters in this book were refreshing. At certain times, the book was overwhelmed with characters and powers that sometime confusing a little. But the journey to find the people on the list was fun to read.
I wasn’t sure where to stand about this book. If you were more on the romance side, you will probably found this book boring, but if you loved action and wished that the first book has more, you will found this book truly exciting.
No heart can ever be truly understood. Not even your own.
Overall, I did enjoy it quite a lot. I wished the romance would somehow improve alongside with the story, but I still pretty curious about how the story will go forward.