Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
“No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”
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.
2 of 5 stars to Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
This is not a review. This is a rant. You have been forewarned.
If you do not want to read a long review then this GIF shall suffice as a summary of my feelings for Glass Sword:
and then a summary of my feelings for Mare Barrow:
But if you want an in-depth rant, well, brace yourself:
The lead female of Glass Sword made sure that the sequel to Red Queen will be a prominent addition to the Disappointing Sequels Community. It was not hard to dislike Mare Barrow for she consistently acted in a pompous manner as if she is the lord and savior of her time and that she is never wrong.
Of course I come bearing receipts and I shall enumerate them in a while but just to explain why I’m taking the time to list ‘her faults’, it’s because this attitude of hers is the main reason for my 2 star rating. The other reasons being the slow fcking pace and same monotone narration that I can not even summon a mild excitement while some action is going on.
Anyway here is the list:
1. Page 100. Mare gets locked in a cell and blames Kilorn. She never once thinks to blame herself for the decisions she makes.
2. Page 193. Mare said she’s willing to trade lives for her victories (and she’s already done so) but on page 198 she shames Cal for the same thing. Cal thinks that they have to kill Crance so he doesn’t betray them again but Mare questions this. “If. Cal wants to kill a man based on such a terrible word.”
Mare is a hypocrite .
3. Page 213 (note that only 20 pages passed after #2 above). Mare once again shames Cal for not wanting to kill Silvers (aka his own kind) and she even has the audacity to call him weak when she herself has complicated feelings for Maven. All along she’s been harboring some secret hope that the “Maven she knew” was still there somewhere.
Out of anyone, Mare should have understood how Cal felt. She knows how difficult it is to have warring emotions because she herself is experiencing it at the very fcking moment. But instead of understanding, Mare only judged Cal and labeled him weak and called him a traitor. Like she’s above such feelings? NAH SIS
First off, if Cal is weak because of not wanting to kill Silvers, so is she because she couldn’t even stop feeling feelings for Maven whom she had only known a few short months and they’re not even kin unlike Cal who’s born a silver and in alliance with the Silver race all his life.
Second, Mare is in no place to accuse Cal of being a traitor because in the first place, she was the first one to betray him (book 1) and that was after he was so kind and helpful to her!
She is still a hypocrite but now add ungrateful to that list.
4. Page 235. Mare describes her encounter with Maven as “He is exactly as I remember him. Quiet, unassuming, a haunted boy. He is not the Maven of my nightmarish memories.. he is real again.” and this after constant declarations of “I will end him.”
She likes to act tough—and Cal is always the victim of this holier-than-thou attitude—but when it matters, you couldn’t count on her to keep her word anyway. H Y P O C R I T E.
5. Page 243. 9 pages after the Maven encounter. Mare is adamant to rescue newbloods but she can’t help because Maven almost torched her alive the last time they saw each other so helpless Mare has been unconscious for a week. It was up to Cal, Farley, Kilorn and the rest to save the newbloods and save they did.
When Mare woke up, they told her of what they had been up to but instead of thanking the crew for successfully bringing newbloods to her, Mare complains, “So you threw her right back to the wolves. Her and Nix both.”
DAMN MA NO ONE CAN PLEASE YOU
You have been asleep for fcks sake while they did all the hard work. A little gratitude would be nice. And it’s not as if you are not going to do the same. That was your plan right? To use them as allies aka weapons?
6. Page 251. 8 Pages after #5 (notice the gaps of her hypocrisy going shorter and shorter). Mare had another tirade about Cal “Can’t trust him.. he will leave, he will die or he will betray me.” Newsflash Mare. You already did betray him so you’re not any better.
To be fair to her, Mare had one moment of wisdom on page 254. She said, “I don’t deserve you Kilorn Warren.”
OMG. I cannot believe! She finally got one thing right. But she needs to add Cal, Shade, and even Maven (for completely different reasons) in that list.
7. Page 348. (If you’re wondering about the huge page gap, it’s because by this point, I finally resorted to skimming the book)
“We have to let him go.” Mare talking about Maven. “Even if it means killing him. I can do it Cal. If you can’t..”
Really now, Mare? The last time you saw Maven you were waxing poetic about the boy he used to be and let’s not even mention the way you kept his notes like it’s 8th grade English period. DO NOT LIE. Right now, on an emotional level, you are not capable of killing him because you still love him.
8. Page 414. It’s almost to the end of the book but can you believe that Mare still found a way to blame Cal for Shade’s death? “His mercy killed my brother.” (referring to Cal’s decision not to end Ptolemus in book 1).
THIS GIRL IS DAMN ANNOYING. I GIVE UP.
I feel like Mare’s hypocrisy is a product of a failed attempt at executing an ‘anti-heroine’. She is supposed to be edgy but it did not translate well.
I would have appreciated Mare’s “flaws-slash-edginess” if she was honest to herself, admitted her faults and shortcomings; but as she continued to put blame on the others and exonerate herself, judge them as weak and even shame them for the very things she’s guilty of, it just became something to dislike about her instead of admire. And this has been happening since book 1 so I guess all the frustrations and disappointments just piled up.
Many times, she even came off as arrogant. I could have easily shrugged that off too if she had already proven herself but no she did not. In book 1, she was helplessly used as a pawn. In book 2, her only notable achievement happened at the ending.
It’s a forgone conclusion that I will not continue on with this series.