Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book by Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!)
The biggest flaw I found in this book was the plot armor. Despite Aveyard’s very happy-go-lucky attitude with epic battle scenes that certainly could have killed Mare, at no point did I feel scared for Mare’s life, and that’s because even when it seems certain that Mare is going to die, she always seems to be saved somehow, by her friends. Very rarely does she actually get her own way out of a situation.
She always gets beaten up a little and then someone swoops in and either teleports her out of the situation to safety, or comes in with an army and fights their way to Mare. This assurance of her non-death made it so hard to feel scared or thrilled in any of the epic battle scenes.
Mare, Mare, Mare, I liked you so much better in the first book when you just ran around electrifying people and running away without a thought in the world. Now, because you’re the queen of the rebellion, you’ve gone and somehow managed to develop some kind of “inner struggles” that forces you to stop and think about what you’re doing and if you’re becoming cruel and evil every thirty seconds.
To be honest, Mare, I could not care less if you become cruel and evil. Just do it without all this “moral dilemma” drama. You simply can’t save every single sad soul in the world.
This is probably an “it’s me not you” kinda thing but I found it really hard to connect to the characters. A certain someone’s death didn’t really affect me at all, and I honestly connected to the secondary characters more than I connected to Mare. I dunno. It’s probably just me.
Despite her lightning powers being described in a way that made them almost god-like, the only thing I saw her actually do with her power is be a human battery and kick start a jet. And then, as soon as she got into a fight, it turns out that if the captor wears rubber gloves, she’s basically powerless. Red Rising Book Three: Mare vs the Rubber Gloves.
It seems like everybody who isn’t on Mare’s “side” dies incredibly easily. At one point, they kill one of the main antagonists and it was so casual that I completely missed it. It wasn’t until they were loading the body onto the plane that I realized he/she was dead. And even then, I was just expecting the body to stand up and start destroying everything. Alas, it didn’t happen and he/she remained as dead as a doornail.
Now to the good points! I really like Aveyard’s writing style. The pacing is nice, and the reading is smooth.
This book introduces quite a lot of super, kickass secondary/supporting characters, such as the Newbloods (Reds who have “Silver” skills), including a woman called Nanni who can change her appearance at will (and damn, she may just me my favourite character in this book). A lot of authors tend to disregard secondary characters, or neglect them in favour of developing the main characters instead, but Aveyard’s done both, and the supporting characters are just as vibrant – if not more – as the main characters.
Sometimes, stories that get trilogies tend to make the second a book a book of “filler” if the series is starting to peter out, and even though I feel like the series is starting to wrap up, I still appreciate the major plot development in this book. Far from simply a filler book, Glass Sword is a novel in its own right, so kudos for Aveyard for not being afraid to actually continue the book.
Yay! This book marks the end of the love triangle/square/rhombus/dodecagon! Instead, we’ve got a very interesting love aspect in Cal, that’s enough to add to the book but not enough to detract or distract from the main content of the book.
Glass Sword has completely upped the stakes. The story is much for complex, and the stakes are lot higher. Glass sword reminds me a little of The ToG series, because the first book is pretty much pure entertainment with heaps of fighting and in a dystopian style. The second book starts to become more complex, with more oppression and rebellion and inner struggles (which, as I said get, start to get pretty damn annoying), and then it gets progressively more symbolic of the authoritarian and oppressive society the human race is slowly coming towards, etc. This can sometimes be a little stuffy, but I quite like the multiple layers of plot this book developed, and it’s definitely not stuffy.
Although it can be a little annoying at times, Glass Sword is still a satisfactory installment to the Red Queen saga. Next, book 3!
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