***IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, THERE MAY BE SPOILERS***
Beginning on their escape from Maven, the newly crowned King, Mare and Cal are sucked into the world of the Scarlet Guard. Mare is hailed as a hero; Cal is chained like a prisoner. One thing is acutely clear: they must find the newbloods before Maven does. Can they get the Colonel on board with their plan or will they have to take matters into their own hands?
It becomes a race against time, against Maven. He knows who they are looking for, and always seems to be a step ahead. Can they ever get the upper hand and dethrone the boy king?
It’s been a while since I read Red Queen, and I was concerned that I might not remember enough to settle in with Glass Sword. In actuality, it gave me just enough information for me to catch back up with the story without being tedious. I quickly got lost in the second book of the series and enjoyed every page.
Truth be told, I am quite over dystopia and its ilk, but this book is more than that genre – it’s just great, compelling storytelling. The abilities of all of the newbloods that they come across, the complicated relationships among not just Kilorn, Cal and Mare but the entire company are so real that you feel like you are more than just an invisible bystander. These newbloods are frightened, the military are looking at the big picture, and every single person is just trying to survive. And the spectre that weaves his way throughout is the boy that turned on them. Were none of his emotions real?
I did get a distinct Hunger Games feel, with the triangle of the girl, her best boy friend, and the boy who went through the nastiness of the first book with her. There’s also the idea that Mare has to rise above and be a symbol, that everything she does has to be for the cause. After all, everyone is counting on her. She doesn’t get to break down. She has to forget the family she leaves behind. She has to sacrifice herself for the greater good.
It has been a while since I have not wanted a book to end, that I wished that the next book was already published so I didn’t have to wait. This, absolutely, was one of those books. Funnily enough, as I just this second re-read my review of the first book, many of the comments are the same. And I do still want this book to be made into a movie.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard was published February 9, 2016 by HarperTeen. Due to the first book being so awesome, I checked this one out of the library all by myself.
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Fantasy Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up