SPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoilers
Glass Sword was kind of frustrating to read. It took me a lot longer to read than Red Queen. It was slow, the plot was dull, the characters either annoying or unremarkable. Yet somehow Aveyard has me hooked and I can’t wait to start King’s Cage later today.
It has a super slow start and only really picks up a little more than half way through. For a good part of the book, nothing happens. Then the nothing drags on for a little longer. All of a sudden the last third of the book is packed with explosions, prison escape, plot twists, and some tear jerkers. Aveyard’s writing was problematic in Red Queen and this only becomes more evident in Glass Sword. Once again, the story and the characters have potential but are left stunted with Aveyards average wordcraft.
Mare’s character is annoying and bratty for 95% of the book. She’s self centered, whiny, and naive. She falls into trap after trap, only to be rescued miraculously by her friends and comrades. She swings between being an entitled princess and a humble hero more times than I could keep count. I understand that Mare’s character has been through a lot and that her character is supposed to be complex. She’s the center of the entire series and yet her character isn’t strong enough to carry the series. In fact, Cal is the only reason I continue to be enamored by the books. (What can I say?).
Also, can we talk plot twist for a moment? Why is every single twist basically a trap. How stupid do you have to be to walk into trap after trap. I actually started to get bored by trap 3. Shade’s death seems kind of unnecessary but then again I have no idea where this is going. I admit the last couple of pages were really intriguing with the hints at other rebellions, countries with different systems, etc. It all hints at how big this setting is and how little we know and just how much potential this series could have.
Much like Red Queen, Glass Sword is also pretty predictable, with the last 10% of the book being the exception. Aveyard really needs to delve deeper into the relationships between the characters and also their own self perceptions. I would like to hope we’ll see that in the third installment but I fear that would lead to disappointment. I really hope it’s not a bunch of Mare just complaining about being trapped, and being confused between Maven and Cal.