- Page Count: 444
- Release Date: February 9, 2016
- My Rating: 3 stars
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.
Major second book syndrome. I absolutely loved Red Queen and was so, so excited for this book… but I’m rather underwhelmed. It was bland, dragged, and I had to stop myself from skimming so many times.
I want to be clear that I don’t dislike Mare in this book because she’s “unlikeable” or something silly like that. She’s been through a ton of stuff and can be a flawed human with a range of emotions! It’s just that her self-centered, martyred personality shift didn’t seem like a necessary byproduct of her situation and was NOT something I could personally relate to at all. So that really threw me out of the story when the I had to sit through Mare basically sulking for whole chapters at a time. I found myself not caring as much about her and feeling like both Cal and Kilorn were too good for her after the way she treated them. A POV shift would have been amazing just to get out of her head!
The story itself felt a bit like the parts of Breaking Dawn and Mockingjay that I wasn’t into. They basically just go around recruiting/training people and then Mare is depressed in some bunkers.
Maven had Darkling potential but fell flat as a villain without any real motive or depth, so hopefully he comes into the third book’s story more. The majority of this book felt like it happened offstage or danced around any real character growth, plot development, or romance and was mostly super depressing. BUT it also felt like it was mostly setting the stage for the third book.
I still love Victoria Aveyard as an author and like where the ending was heading, so I’m just as excited for the next book!