Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Series: Red Queen
Genre: YA Fiction
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First Line: I flinch. The rag she gives me is clean, but it still smells like blood.
Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
Cover: Just like the cover for Red Queen, this one is so gorgeous. I love how simple it is, yet it says so much about the story. It’s one of those covers that you want to show on your bookshelf.
This book starts right where Red Queen ended, which I love. It’s funny, you wait a year to read a book, and in the book not even a day has passed.
Mare has escaped from death, along with a Silver, Cal. They are then thrown among the Red Guard. It’s amazing to see how no one will trust Cal, simply because of his blood, and how Cal refuses to accept he is in as much danger as the Reds around him.
It irritated me how everyone shied away from Mare, because of what she had done. No one seems to even care what she went through in the castle, being tugged around by Maven and his mother. I felt at the beginning Cal was a little too harsh on Mare, but by the end I felt like Mare was a little to harsh on the Silvers.
By the end I think Mare has lost herself in her need to get revenge for everything that has been done to her and Cal and all the Reds.
My favorite character in this book is Kilorn. Mare’s best friend until the end. No matter what she does or how bad she messes up, she can count on him to be there for her.
This is where the spoiler begins because I just have to get this out. You can skip to the conclusion if you have not read the book yet.
The ending had me so upset! Like…sick to my stomach. To the point that even though it was 4 in the morning I had to read another book before I could go to sleep. Here is the thing, Mare loses a brother that she thought she had already lost once. She loses him because he was trying to save her. Then, EVERYONE seems to have a problem with Mare. They all blame her for Shades death, yet she has the queen. She has killed the queen out of her rage for the loss of her brother and everyone around her hates her because in all the people they lost, everyone loved Shade. I get it, I really do. Shade was a fantastic character. He was strong, protective, and a huge asset to the team. But Mare was already beating herself up about her brother. She was already blaming herself, yet everyone insist on snarling at her. It’s not her fault that she was the first Red to show Silver powers in front of the royal family. It’s not her fault that she was the one they were after. And honestly, it ticks me off that everyone claims she is just working to put a crown on a special Red. When in reality, the only thing Mare set out to do was save ALL Reds! She just saw that there were stronger, better people that could help fight the war to save the Reds from the injustice. She isn’t forcing anyone to help her and everyone should be jumping at the chance to fight for her. FOR HER! Not the Red Guard or who ever seems to be running the resistance. They should fight for..now WITH Mare to change things in their world. It seems the only one who even knows what Mare is trying to do, the only somewhat kind of friend she has is Julian, a Red, Cal’s uncle.
Then again, let’s look at what Mare did at the prison. She ruthlessly killed a room full of Silvers just because of what OTHER Silvers had done to her. Not these Slivers, OTHERS. Okay, let’s get that drilled into our heads. Cal is begging her to stop, but she keeps on and keeps on. THEN gets mad when he doesn’t feel the need to save her in the next scene. She can obviously fend for herself, right? Cal had every right to be angry with her. And the more I think about it, the more I dislike Mare. Sure, she has been through a lot, and this was before Shade died. She forgot that she was supposed to be saving people and ends up killing more than what it was worth. Sure, kill when it is necessary, but these Silvers that she killed were locked in a room! I think she forgot that she was in love with a Silver…though, I’m still not sure if that is Maven or Cal. The road she is traveling, Maven would be a better fit for her because she seems to enjoy killing people randomly. Just for the color of their blood.
With that said, I wonder if Mare could have changed things if Queen Elara was out of the way and she married Maven. Could she really be the Red Queen, married to a Red King and bring peace to both Reds and Silvers?
After all is said and done, I don’t care that the majority is rooting for Mare and Maven to be a couple. Cal is obviously the best for her. He has never lied about who he was to her. They have both ticked one another off. Perfect couple. But that is enough of that.
I liked this book. When I first finished it I was so angry and I wanted the next book. I am still in need to find out what happens next, but I am so confused about my own feelings towards the book. Do I hate Mare? No…but I don’t understand where she is in her mind. Even though we are reading from her POV I don’t understand why she has become so ruthless. She has traveled down a dark road and I fear for her own sanity. Will Cal come to save her or will she just join Maven in his heartless kingdom? Who knows.
After writing the review, my rating may have lowered a little. I have to stop rating books right after I finish them. There are just so many emotions spinning around this series. So many people hate it and I can see why, honestly I can. But I can’t help but to love it. And it really stresses me out..the book, not liking something that others hate. Yes, there were bits and pieces of this book that could have been excluded, but the story as a whole works for me.
A little note to Victoria Aveyard, please hurry with the next book, my little book nerd heart can’t take all this waiting. Agony! That is what it is like waiting to find out what happens to my favorite characters.