Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: Feb 9, 2016
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
A really fantastic sequel that had me wondering what was going to happen from moment to moment. I found myself liking Mare a lot more in this book because she seems much more determined and sure of herself. Cal seems a lot more unsure of things.
The thing that drove this book for me was Mare’s determination to find a way to bring down Mare and find help with the new bloods, like her that are our Reds but have a special ability like hers but it’s different. Yet she meets a lot of challenges and resistance with what she wants because not everybody is behind this plan of hers. The Scarlet Guard feels like this is not going to work so things get tense.
Cal also no longer has the crown and wants a different future than the one that Maven is on. I think Cal has lost his confidence. It definitely shows in this book. His attitude is one of that he has to readjust to things. Plus he is now living among the rebels, who happen to be reds, so there is a lot of resentment for what he represents. There are a few surprises that happen.
I definitely found the new bloods to be interesting because they vary from young to old. Plus some are willing and others are not so willing. There are things that change. We learn the abilities vary with each of the new bloods. Some of them are still learning how to use them, others can use them, others want nothing to do with Mare’s plan. Mare also has to be willing to sacrifice things she never thought she would imagine or see. There are times the path is going to be difficult. I found her struggles to be very real and frustrating at times.
One of the things I love is when the Queen dies. That was totally unexpected. Maven’s mother is so detestable that it was one of the most awesome moments in the books. This was so good because it means that Mare has one less obstacle in her way to defeat Maven and help restore, maybe liberate the kingdom and make a new future.
The way this ended was really suspenseful and one that I didn’t see coming. I’m kind of worried for Mare and wondering what the future holds for her and what Maven has in mind for her. I totally didn’t expect the way this book took.