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Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 9th, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
All things considered, this is a book I should like. A book I would gobble up in one sitting and ask for the next one in a hurry, but I can’t. I am so annoyed. The pacing for me was too weak at points because I found myself skimming over some paragraphs just trying to read it faster than normal.
I was irritated with Mare the main character the whole time. It could be due to the fact that she keeps repeating how much of a weapon she is, and how she will destroy the world if she’s released all her power. It could also be that she denies even saying goodbye to her own family, and trusts the “enemy” more so than her own best friend whom she’s known most of her life. And then there’s the fact that she is spiralling down this dark and sinister path. Did she not have one about why the heck she’s both a Red and Silver? Why isn’t she questioning this? And if she is, then how about her brother? And why is she not doing everything in her power to save every Red blood from the clutches of the Silver government. She only starts to act once Cameron tells her so. Is this the path that she’s supposed to take? To become like them? If it is, I’m hoping she gets her priorities straight. Her family should know mean the world to her. And her friends. But she is too much of a romantic for me. Swooning over these two boys, it was a little too much for me. I was not a fan.
Then there was the whole recruitment process and all, and at first it was a little boring, I wanted to stop reading but then I kept going once someone told me the ending ends on a cliffhanger. I love cliffhanger endings so I decided to plow on. It was fun reading about everyone’s new powers no one has seen before. That was my favourite part. Then the ending FINALLY came and I was a little disappointed because I wanted a twist or surprise but there wasn’t one. It’s too simple to predict that ending because clues are given throughout the whole story. So yes this was problematic for me to read, but on the other hand it wasn’t due to the writing or the world, it was the characters themselves. It’s always hard to like a book when some characters irritate you.
I’m still pretty interested in how this whole series ends only because I want to know what happens. Who will win the war? And will peace finally reign all over the countries? That’s what I’m eager to find out.