As the weekend winds down and before I get too deep into my next read, I wanted to review Glass Sword.
I initially read Red Queen last summer (2016), so it’s been a while since I was with the characters. However, I found myself getting back into the story quickly and my memory getting jogged with the major events from the first book. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no gap in time between the ending of the first book and where the second story picked up. We learn more about Farley, but there are quite a few questions Aveyard will need to answer in King’s Cage. Who is Command? What caused the divide? And for me, is this another planet or is this on Earth? I honestly haven’t figured that one out!
Glass Sword follows Mare Barrow’s journey to find the other “newbloods.” People with red blood that have abilities the same as silvers. We also follow Mare as she struggles with the decisions she’s made and those who’ve hurt, killed, and the families she’s split apart. There’s romantic tension between her, Cal, and Kilorn. Jennifer calls it – she ain’t picking Kilorn. I think she won’t pick either. I see Mare as a girl who has to stand on her own; who has lost too much and been hurt too much that relying on another and becoming someone that can be relied on…isn’t possible. Maybe Jon’s prediction is persuading me.
Whatever the reasons, one day that won’t be good enough to keep going. One day, he’s going to stop following me and I need to prepare myself for it. I need to decide what my heart will allow – and what loneliness I can bear. -page 182
The struggle with blood and who to save was wonderfully developed and made you think – who do you save, what has the most success, what will save more lives? These are “who matters” discussions that are timely for us today.
I don’t want to make a habit of posting spoilers, however…Glass Sword has been out for a while and, I can’t explaining my rating fully without, well, the spoiler. Two to be specific.
I want to make it clear that I love the storyline, the concepts, and struggles. Some of my disappointment may be a with the young adult genre as well.
Okay is no longer a word in my vocabulary. – page 63
My first disappointment, Shade’s death did not impact me. Now, on the surface, that may not seem significant. Let me give you some background – I. Cry. At. Everything. Everything. I cried during the Captain America Civil War trailer. Seriously. Shade’s story didn’t connect with me and wasn’t strong enough. I needed more.
Second – Elara’s death. She just shows up on the plane – dead. Seldom do I get irked with books. No death scene annoyed me. With as much hate Aveyard is trying to get you to feel for her and Maven, I’d equate this as if J.K. Rowling didn’t give Bellatrix a death scene. Yeah. This was a huge disappointment. Cal or Mare needed some redemption – I am not happy with this.
I so often hear that with the young adult genre, you can’t make the stories “that complicated.” Sorry for the bluntness, but I call bull shit. Tell that to J.K. Rowling – stop downplaying what you do with the genre and put more detail, make books longer, put in the additional storylines we need! This was an issue I had with Heartless (again, should’ve been a trilogy). A big reason I read young adult fantasy is I believe they are putting out better stories than the adult fantasy, don’t shortchange your great stories – give me more! After reading Vassa, I know that making stories dark and death isn’t a problem – let’s make these stories what they deserve to be.
On a scale of five, I am giving this a three of five stars. If I had more development in the two spoiler areas, this would’ve been a full five stars. The Red Queen series is a library read, if I did this over again, I would’ve checked them out. I’m getting King’s Cage for my birthday, but I doubt I re-read this series.
I hope you all have had a wonderful week – PS, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I was having problems picking out my next read. I went with Caraval.