Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Number of pages: Hardcover, 444 pages
My rating: (3.8 stars)
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.
Mare is the same as ever but somehow a worse version of herself. She is cold, selfish and broken. I loved the development of Mare throughout. I loved that Victoria Aveyard managed to show how life can change you. I liked new Mare, at least I understood her. She had every right to be distant and unreachable. Mare had a lot of inner battles and thoughts that made you really think.
When Mare was trying to decide on waiting for shade or going ahead to recruit Ada And abandon him to fend for himself I couldn’t help but think what would I do? Would I abandon my family for ‘the greater good’ . You can never really know till you’re in the situation. There are a lot of lessons that Aveyard managed to intertwine with the story.
Mare’s voice, however, is very dull and tiresome. It is repetitive and a bit depressing. She had the same thoughts over and over always with a hint of bitterness and it just gave the book a weird and emotionally draining feel.
The book starts off immediately where we left off. Like, right where we left off, on the train. It isn’t at all hard to get back into the world of silvers and reds and amazing powers and rebel gangs.
The start of the book is very tame. Enjoyable and hard to put down, but tame. The ending was very action packed. The epilogue at the end was a very good addition. So many twists and turns and Victoria Aveyard really plays with our emotions. The plot will keep you on your toes, I never really knew what to expect.
The plot this time around is focused on the new blood type we came across in book one: new bloods. Not silver but not exactly red. The new bloods aren’t safe with ‘king’ Maven around and of course, Mare takes it upon herself to save the world.
There is an abundance of new characters that show up. Each one more unique than the last. The issue with this is that there were so many names and I couldn’t keep up. There was a huge lack of character development when considering the secondary characters. Even old characters like Cal and Kilorn were a mystery to me.
The lack of character development meant that there was no fun dialogue really and conversations were stiff at best. The characters did have their moments but, from the little I know they were great and unique and of course their awesome ‘powers’ or ‘abilities’ made it that much better. Mare’s character is not strong or interesting enough to make up for the pitiful secondary characters.
The romance was the main issue for me. It was really strange and weird. I can’t exactly say romance .. more like lack of romance. There was a would-be love triangle that just kind of hung. There was no mushy love scenes. I am happy that the romance didn’t become the whole plot and overshadow the main theme. If there is going to be a relationship or live triangle or whatever it should be done right … this wasn’t done right.
I definitely will be reading book #3. I made it this far might as well carry on. The ending left me crazy excited for the next book which comes out 2017. Second books in a series are hard to get right. Victoria Aveyard did it well but I am a bit disappointed with a few aspects of the book.