Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen #2
Another great book by this author! It didn't quite have the pace and excitement of the first book, but Glass Sword has nicely laid the ground work for the third book in the series which I can't wait to read.
I got to see the character development of Mare that I desired! She finally grew a spine and started making some tough choices. And yes, some pretty bad things happened throughout this book, but at least she is making a change to the world they're in. I find it frustrating when people start to turn against her. They expect her to make all the tough decisions, and when the impact of those choices starts to change her, they find fault in her for it. War makes monsters of people, and I can't imagine how hard it must be to keep hold of your humanity during it.
The book finished off with Mare making a huge sacrifice for her friends and family, and a great starting point for book 3. I'm curious to see what happens between her and Maven next - even though he's evil I'm still holding onto a small amount of hope for him to change and prove he isn't as evil as he makes out to be.
Another character that I'm hoping for a redemption arc for is Evangeline! Yes I know, she's horrendous, but there's something about her that I like and I'd like to see more of her. I had a quick flick through book 3 and there are multiple perspective chapters, at least one of which is from Evangeline's POV, which I'm excited for.
There was a very interesting point made during this book. They're fighting for the freedom of the Reds, in particular liberating those with this new genetic mutation. These newbloods are being hunted for being different, which has happened time and time again, because people are afraid of the things that they don't understand. But Cameron calls Mare out, and says that eventually, the new bloods will just take the place of the silvers, rather than reform their system. I think this has given a lot to think about, and am curious to see how all unfolds throughout the remainder of the series.
All in all, a good book. A little bit slow overall, but I have a feeling it's just a stepping stone to the action in the final two books. This series definitely gives me some X-Men vibes!
Read the summary below:
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?