Young Adult Genre– 444 pages
Published in 2016 by HarperTeen
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.
So, in this book (the second in the Red Queen series), we get to follow Mare during her search for others like herself. Since Mare thought she was the only Red-and-Silver person, it’s really cool to meet the new characters that belong to this rare group. Throughout the book you get to visit more locations and learn about the world Mare lives in. It’s certainly bigger than it seems in the first book.
Watching Mare and Cals relationship form was interesting; definitely not a typical romance. I liked how Mares family is more involved in this book, especially her brother Shade. His character is like any older brother, which is endearing and entertaining. This book has more romance play out than the first book and there’s a lot more death.
Throughout the book, Mare struggles with what is right and wrong. Often times, she seems to do the wrong thing, but with the right intentions; and does the right thing with questionable motives. Her character really starts evolve and dissolve while searching for these “Newbloods”. As I said before, I liked the new characters, which shows a whole new range of abilities; abilities that not even the Silvers have.
Overall, I really liked this one. I personally liked it better than the first book and would hope that people read it after reading Red Queen. It has a lot of action and keeps the reader from wanting to put it down. The end has a cliffhanger, so you’ll want to read the third book as soon as possible. Thankfully the third book, Kings Cage, is available, and I will post a review on it soon.