One of my best friends read this book a few years ago, but for some reason, I didn’t feel the urge to pick it up. I think part of it had to do with the mindset that this story was just like other YA novels and wouldn’t be anything new and exciting. Yes and no… I mean you have the typical romance, the gifted heroine, but there are a few twists that took me off guard and captured my attention.
“To look powerful is to be powerful.”
First off, I quite liked Mare Barrow, she was strong, independent, and kind. But I think my favorite aspect about her was the fact that she had a family; an actual, functioning family. This is so rarely seen in YA and the change was refreshing. As a girl with five brothers, I closely related to Mare and honestly, I wish there were more YA novels with big families. Now about the two princes… I really, really like*d* Maven. Ehm, we’ll leave it at that.
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
The writing style was quite good. It didn’t blow me away, but I wasn’t bored either. Although the latter is mostly due to the plot. One thing that kind of bugged me was Mare’s constant inner dialogue. It became rather tiresome after a bit.
The world building was gorgeous. I think it was one of the strengths of this story. The place that Aveyard created was so alive, so colorful, so unique. It was also one of the things that made this book stand out from other dystopian novels. But speaking of which… There were a lot of similarities too and I caught myself thinking, “I’ve read this before.”
Finally, there was some profanity, but there was no sex. Honestly, I was expecting it to happen, but thankfully, it never did.
I think I will definitely be reading the next book in this series so I can once more be part of this adventure.
“Rise, red as the dawn.”