Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Dystopia
Recommended to: people who liked The Red Queen
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?
I gave this four stars because I am measuring it against the first and I enjoyed that more. Don’t get me wrong. I still love this. I just wish it had more Cal and Mare moments because I ship them.
If you love the characters in the first book, this will ruin it for you. But it’s not bad. Actually, for me, it’s a good thing. I like flawed characters, especially when they’re justified.
MARE. I really like Mare in the first book because she seemed like a brave girl who would do anything for the people important to her. But in this one, she is also proud, selfish and stupid and I hate her for it. Sometimes, I even think she doesn’t deserve Cal even though I want them to end up together. She really made some bad decisions and I almost wondered if that’s who she truly is and I just didn’t notice it.
CAL. I love him. Yes, he is flawed. Yes, he is not the perfect and ideal guy I imagined him to be. He is also proud and selfish but he also has a heart and I love him for it. He is actually the one that kept me going throughout the whole book. My heart aches for him and I just wish Mare would stop being stupid and forget the ghosts of the past. If she doesn’t, I’m gonna take him away for myself. Haha. Just kidding. Or not.
MAVEN. Before I read this, I still had hopes that he is not as evil as I thought him to be. But after, I’m not so sure. Since he didn’t really appear that much in this (although I don’t mind, I love Cal), I wish Victoria would write the third one in different POVs. I wanna know what he thinks. Maybe there is still hope.
Although there were interesting and enjoyable parts, it didn’t satiate me. I wanted more action, more thrill, more uncertainty. But I guess Victoria’s strongest suit are endings. And dang, what an ending. I’m still in the process of getting over it.
Overall, this was good but the first one was better. I hope Victoria would give her all in the last one.