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. (Summary and image from goodreads.com)
Review: Mare doesn’t know how she got out of the arena alive. In shock from the carnage she’s caused, the deaths she’s just witnessed, and reeling from the unsteady (and untrusted) alliances of the Scarlet Guard, unknown players, and Cal. She knows something needs to change, she’s Enemy # 1, but how far is she truly willing to go?
Aveyard has found a relatable, realistic (as far as humans who can control electricity are concerned) heroine in Mare. She’s flawed. She makes mistakes, she has a temper (which she loses sometimes), she’s not the perfect strategist or soldier, and she feels not only an immense sense of needing to enforce justice, she wants revenge.
It was so easy for me to get lost in Aveyard’s world. She’s an amazing writer who grabs your wrist and races you through the plot, scarcely giving you a chance to breathe. The plot, while sometimes containing holes I’d prefer filled, is logical and quick enough that you can’t put the book down. Something might happen if you do! I especially appreciate the flawed hero. It makes Mare more relatable, and makes the series more emotionally charged to have a heroine who isn’t perfect. Not only am I invested to see how it’s going to turn out, I know there’s growth to be had from Mare. I also know the risk of her fall, which seems plausible. I loved the Hunger Games, but I always felt that Katniss couldn’t fail. She may lose the war, but she’d never have a moral battle. I like this struggle in Mare.
Rating: Four stars
For the Sensitive Reader: This book is more intense, more violent, more bloody than the first.