Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Pages: Hardcover, 444 pages
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.
I was really hyped up over this book, and expected it to be insanely good. I was very disappointed. I had read the first chapter and second on the internet somewhere, and it seemed exactly the same writing as in the last book, so I had really high hopes. It really didn’t take long for them to crash, then not much longer for them to burn.The book was very fast paced, so much that I felt like I had skipped a few pages and missed something important. I can understand that so much had to happen in this book in order for the next one to make since, but I think this book could have been 100-200 pages longer. Yes, plot is good. But the fact that the story was moving so fast ruined it for me.
One thing that always seems to annoy me about books is that they seem to skip over important parts, like pieces of conversation, or events. That seems to be a reoccurring thing that happens in the books I have been reading recently. Now there are many good parts, and it was really only the middle that bugged me so much. There was a section in the beginning where I was disappointed by the writing. There is a chunk of time, a few weeks at least, where events are happening, characters are being introduced, and so many things just happen. This was the part I was hoping would have more meat to it; yet the author just throws it at you in a couple of paragraphs, almost like its information that’s not worth having.
During this missing time piece is character development, and we never get to see it happen until after the fact. Half the fun of the development is watching the characters struggle and finally find their own place! I feel like somewhere in the middle of the book it was decided that the reader wasn’t part of the group anymore, so I was left to learn about everything that happened after what feels like a long time.
Other than the one section in the beginning, and the other section in the middle, everything else was what I was expecting, and I couldn’t put it down. The climax was not lacking one bit in my opinion. There was plenty of action, and was easy to follow, for the most part.
Sadly, the very last pages came as a very unwanted, and horribly written, event. It just didn’t belong there, and really there should have been more that happened between it and the climax. It was just way to convenient that this happened, and seems like it was thrown in there at the last second to leave a cliffhanger, or to try to move the plot along faster. It really needed 100-200 extra pages!
Even for being the second book in a series, there are way too many loose ends, or things that simply didn’t make since. There are way too many coincidences, and completely made the story unbelievable and the characters feel unreal.
I was hoping to give this book at least a four star review because Red Queen was so good.
★★★ For the unfinished feeling of certain parts of the book, the loose ends, and the convenient events that screams ‘just trying to move the plot along’.