King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains some spoilers

Story: 3/5
Writing: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5    

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I knew I was going to like King’s Cage better than Glass Sword almost as soon as I started reading. Sure enough, King’s Cage was better than Glass Sword but it didn’t have the same appeal as Red Queen. The book starts off with a lot of action, intrigue, drama. Then Mare is rescued along with a few hundred or so (I think?) other newbloods. Just when Aveyard was beginning to redeem herself in my eyes, it starts get boring.

Once Mare is rescued we’re back to her being whiny and lovestruck in the most annoying way. I get it, she has been through a lot and her issues are legitimate, but Aveyard ‘s depiction of her is just so bad. Just like the previous books in the series, the mediocre writing yet again destroys what could potentially have been a brilliant series. Evangeline’s perspective is worse than Mare’s. She crumbles into a mere shadow of the fierce woman Mare paint’s her out to be. Cameron’s perspective was the most interesting of the three and also the most well written. This is the one place Aveyard showed some potential in her writing and I wish that there had been more of Cameroon in the book.

The plot twist were slightly improved. While many were predictable, there were one or two that caught me by surprise. While I figured Cal’s grandmother would play some part, I didn’t predict that Aveyard would do it that way. I also wasn’t expecting an assassination attempt on Maven or that they would rescue all the newbloods and not just Mare.

Although there was more action than the previous one, there was almost too much happening. At times it felt kind of confusing and I felt like there were gaps in my understanding. Overall, it was pretty average but I’m still holding out hope that the final installment will be as good as Red Queen.

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