Published: Febuary 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR RED QUEEN!
Mare Barrow is different, she has been discovered to be a rare dual blood a Red with the powers of a Silver. Now the crown is after her and the others of her kind who share her abilities. Will she be able to round up her fellow outcasts or will she be hunted by Maven?
One of the sure fire ways to tell how much I liked a book is to see how long it took me to read it. If I like reading a book I will find time to read it, on the other hand if i’m not bothered it will stay half read for a while. This book took me well over a month to read, says a lot.
It had been a while since I had read the first book Red Queen so I found the first few chapters difficult to read before I went back to recap. I found the pace to be quite sluggish through the first half of the book, it didn’t really pick up until Mare was tasked with gathering her fellow mutants.
A lot of this book reminded me of the X-Men, like, a LOT! The powers the mixed bloods have to the plot of finding these missing mutants before an evil person gets to them? All very familiar.
This book does unfortunately suffer with the overuse of very typical YA phrases. The guy who is ‘so bad for me’ the ‘holding the breath I didn’t know I was holding’. Although this may not bother most people they always stick out like a sore thumb to me as I’ve read them so many times.
I did very much enjoy the last part of the book and found myself flying through the last few chapters wanting to know what happened. One of my favourite things about this book is the fact the main character of Mare is criticised for her actions (and quite rightly) and is very…normal. Although a lot of people may not agree I think she is one of the more relatable characters I have come across in YA fantasy. She makes mistakes, she gets nervous and she is terrified of the burden on her shoulders.
Will I be checking out the rest of the series? Probably not. Do I recommend it for YA fantasy fans? Absolutely (if you’re not fed up with the blood=powers trope)