Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
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 found on Goodreads).
I had the hardest time putting Glass Sword down to do my daily tasks, such as school and homework. I read as often as I possibly could because it was that amazing. I finished it during class yesterday and was in denial of the ending for the rest of the day. I don’t think it should be legal to finish a book that way…that was horrible. I want the next book so badly, but it comes out in FEBRUARY OF NEXT YEAR!!!! How am I supposed to survive until then?
The plot kept unravelling and unravelling throughout this book. Everything kept happening and it was so thrilling. I was able to appreciate Victoria Aveyard’s writing even more because everything was so detailed and captured perfectly. She’s a really good writer and I was able to overlook the present tense writing because of that.
I’ve heard many complaints that Mare is annoying, but I didn’t really find that. In Red Queen, I wasn’t overly fond of her, but in Glass Sword, I found myself somewhat relating to her. A lot of the things she said seemed really true and relatable. If I were in her place, I felt that I would have made the same decisions. She is real and that was what I liked. She is flawed, sure, but she’s real.
I also have a favorite quote: “If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.” -Mare Barrow, I do not have a page number for this quote (oops). I cannot express how much I love this quote and I don’t even know why I like it. It’s so cool though…
Anyway, I highly recommend this book (despite the mixed reviews). It’s extraordinary.