By Victoria Aveyard
BookMattic's Rating: 2/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.97/5
I had hopes for Glass Sword and for Victoria Aveyard's writing, but unfortunately I got turned down the pleasure I usually get from reading novels of this type of genre by a bland style of writing and an average story-line hanging by a huge thread of YA readers that probably don't know the difference between good writing and bad writing since Victoria Aveyard's 'work of art' is the only crap they've ever read in their lives. I really don't have much good to say about Glass Sword whereas Red Queen was actually decent in its own way which is the reason why I chose to read Glass Sword and was happy when I was finally finished. Here's what the story is about and some more reasons why you should steer clear of the Red Queen series.
Glass Sword is set directly after the end of Red Queen and shows the main character setting out on a mission to collect more reds like her. The ones that are not red and not silver, but both. That is practically the whole book. The characters are terrible, as in having no umph or soul so to say, specially the main character, Mare Borrows. The first person writing mainly focused on her feelings toward Cal and the dreadful King Maven, Cal's brother. Mare also spoke way too much about 'how special she is'. Obviously she's not the only red with abilities. I also cannot believe she still loves Maven and keeps on thinking about the person he tricked her into believing he was even after what he did to her and all the other reds and is still terrorizing them while gunning after her. In addition, she didn't even seem to care much about her family pretty much leaving them without a thought. Yes, she does have a lot on her shoulders and I'd imagine it being very stressful, but she could have at least said bye to them before leaving on her mission. In the previous book Mare was tolerable and the reader could understand her at least a little, but in Glass Sword she becomes an arrogant and selfish girl. She didn't mature, in fact she got downgraded in my opinion.
There were a few of the 'recruits' (the reds with abilities) that actually had potential to be great supporting characters but unfortunately Aveyard didn't take the opportunity to improve her book. Nix, with a nearly indestructible body, had a wonderful introduction, but nothing else after that. So why introduce a character then not take advantage of it? Ada was another that could have been used more. She didn't really have a physical ability like the others. She had the ability to remember everything that she reads or hears. For example she would be able to read a flight manual then be ale to fly the plane. Other than explaining her ability the character wasn't developed like she should have been.
Taking all those aspects and more, Glass Sword was a big letdown for me. I had hoped that Aveyard would have developed her story deeper and focus not just on Mare's internal conflict but add more variety to the story and the characters. Rather than introducing several characters but not developing them at all, she should have picked a few new characters and help you to feel for them as if they were real people. Last thing about Glass Sword is that in story writing you should really pick a main character and story that people grow to love, but Mare Borrows is not one of them. I don't really care much about her at all and of course that's not Mare's fault. It's Victoria Aveyard's fault.
NOTE: I will read King's Cage just for the heck of it. It's a quick read and I also want to find out what happens to the evil Mare Borrows hahahaa. That's, I guess, one thing Victoria Aveyard did a good job with. Leaving people with a cliffhanger.