Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Paperback: 464 pages
Published: February 11th 2016 by Orion
My Rating: 2/5 stars
Summary (From Goodreads): 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.
*THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS. CONTINUE AT OWN RISK.*
The first book was so good? I know I gave it a fairly mediocre review, but it was actually somewhat riveting.
There was nothing. I am so incredibly bored of Mare. She’s bland. She monologues. She angsts. The amorality of her would be fascinating if she wasn’t so flipping dumb. The novel consists of her walking into trap after trap and I am so done with her INCESSANT WHINGING.
It doesn’t help that my favourite character got killed off. For good, too. Although, that’s perhaps for the best, considering the very slim amount of page time he was getting.
That can be said for a lot of the characters though – all are background to Mare’s Monologues. She’s so self-centered it’s a wonder she notices anyone around her at all.
Her “romance” with Cal? Forced, without a spark of emotion. She dedicates so much time to her contemplation of her own morality that he feels like an afterthought. The part that stunned me was when they started sharing a bedchamber every night, because there was literally no indication that there were feeling between them. At all.
Honestly, there is still more chemistry between Mare and Maven, hell, even Mare and Kilorn would’ve been better. But Cal? As a character I feel nothing from him except his presence every time Mare remembers that he’s there. Even Shade and Farley, two minor characters, have better chemistry that Mare and Cal, and their relationship is mentioned far, far less.
But enough of relationships.
My main issue with the book – Shade.
Okay, I’ll admit, I’m biased. He’s my favourite character, has been since the beginning of book one. You know when you’re reading and you kinda just get drawn to one character?
He got literally no development.
Mare refers to him so many times as her favourite, most understanding brother, but they barely speak. I can count the amount of actual conversations they have on my fingers.
But, it was redeemable – there’s another two books, right?
We reached the point where I could have easily hurled the book across the library and knocked out some poor year seven.
Who remembers Dobby?
Or, more importantly:
Who remembers his death?
That’s basically the end that Shade got and I could have cried. It wasn’t even a shock. The page prior, I sat there and said aloud “He’s going to die”.
It’s a poorly disguised plot device that gives Mare yet another thing to angst over. She literally just got him back! Surely there are better ways to progress a plot than by killing an underdeveloped character?
Ranting aside, I understand that characters do have to die sometimes. And if the death is done well, I wouldn’t be so irritated.
The plot has veered from The Hunger Games mixed with The Selection right into X-Men territory. Midway through the book, a whole bunch of new characters with no development are suddenly introduced, and a few chapters later, a bunch are killed off. No connection to them at all. Perhaps fewer characters would work better?
My other issue is the way that the action scenes are written, although that might just be the way that I read. I have a tendency to skim scenes, and details blur together, especially in action sequences.
It was the prison fight in particular that I found myself having to go back and re-read, because there were so many random changes and people present that I just couldn’t keep track.
The thing is though; I think that this would translate REALLY well into film or TV. A TV show would work with the storyline; it gives more room for character development, for plot arcs. It’s something that I could see myself watching and enjoying.