Release Date: February 9, 2016
When the first book, Red Queen, draws to a close, Mare, our main character, has just been betrayed by everyone she loved. She did not understand the depth of imagination of the evil character, Maven, and his plot to murder his father and gain the throne. With the use of his Silver powers, along with his Mother, Queen Elara’s ability to mind control, he walks away looking the innocent victim in the betrayal leaving behind Cal, his brother who is now thought to be disloyal to all the Silvers. Cal is distraught and left to be taken by the Scarlet Guard, the Reds rebellion group. Instead of me detailing the rest of it, here is my Flashback Friday Review.
The second book, Glass Sword, picks up right where we left off. Over the next few pages my memory was able to recall the details from Mare’s dreams and omniscient view point. I enjoy being in her head and knowing what her dilemmas are. Her daydreams, as well as her nightmare’s, volley from those of an innocent teenage girl with a boy crush to the womanly inspirations of becoming more than merely the village theif, but a leader–a leader who must stand alone, as she learns from a man dressed in gray. Future seers are not often found within the Silver population, but when Mare’s group discovers one in a town destroyed by the Silvers they are mystified. Shade, Mare’s brother, along with Cal and Farley, are dismayed by his arrival and do not believe him. Unquestioningly, Mare believes his insight and follows his directions; she knows what he states is true. She learns “anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”
Mare is able to lead her group to find Red blood mutations saving them from the wrath and murderous hands of Maven; it is a race Mare is determined to win. Every page is action. Every page makes me long for more insight into Cal’s mind and heart. I was more enthralled in the character development in this book than in the first. This was a liberating book which did not sate my thirst to know what side of the rebellion Mare will truly stand behind. Aveyard did exactly what I didn’t want to happen—she is making me wait another year for me to find fulfillment. That, my friends, is a good author.
In the classroom (or in the parking lot of your school or bookstore):
A community service outreach feels like the apropos assignment to this book. Many students turn 18 in their Senior year of high school. Educate your students about the American Red Cross. I know this doesn’t link to CCSS, but as one of the major debated topics in our upcoming Presidential election is common core in the classroom and I find it is nice to break free of classroom assignments and encourage your students to pay it forward. Does your student council sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive? Does your store? Have you thought of having a blood drive and giving away a coupon for a discounted book? How about extra credit in the classroom? Not everyone can be a blood donor, but for those that can, only a small percentage of us do.
The debate in the book is about blood type and the power it can yield. What blood type are you? Most Americans also do not know the answer to that question. While reading about the type of blood and the amount of bloodshed in this book, it prompted me to think about my own blood. (This happened to me while reading Twilight too. I may have issues.) Think about how you can incorporating the concept of ‘paying it forward’ in your classroom, but also in the your bookstore.