Glass Sword (Red Queen Book 2), by Victoria Aveyard
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I enjoyed The Hunger Games Trilogy. I also quite like the Maze Runner. But, the problem I found with each was the tone of the story altered drastically between the beginning and the end of the two series. I understand it, but it is still there. An entire book of being in this Maze world then book two, bam, dystopian future zombie land. Of course, there were hints in each which way the story was going to head, but once it got there it was all so different it could have been a different story completely.
While it seems I digress, I do not. The continuity between Red Queen and Glass Sword feels natural and right. In book one it is not only hinted that there are rebels we get to see, meet, and have the characters interact with them. So, by the time book two gets us entrenched in that world (a very different scene than book one) it seems like exactly what should be happening. Further, the characters have remained true to themselves. While they are growing as they learn more and more, the quirks and personas stay true.
Another pleasant surprise is that I think I enjoyed the second book more than the first. I think the writing might have gotten tightened up a bit or Aveyard really found her pace. The story continues to intrigue and grow as do the characters. I really can’t wait for the next one!
Seriously, Victoria, push that contact button down below if you need a cover blurb from me.