A Bookish Wormy Review
By: Victoria Aveyard
Parts of this novel deserves a five star rave and other parts should have gone through some more rewrites. The world that Aveyard presents was spot on. Magically and disturbed world of extreme power, discrimination, and poverty. However, the protagonist is severely flawed and formulaic. The story line is beyond predictable and it pains me. Good book with a cool cover but may be a bit over hyped.
As a lover of superheroes/supervillians with various superpowers, I love love love the Silvers. How awesome were they? Metal, fire, and water manipulators. People capable of extraordinary power but have become so sheltered they have grown weak. Haunting connection to some political and societal issues in real life but what science fiction doesn’t? Beginning and middle of the book is composed so the reader can explore this world.
Mare Barrow, our protagonist, is boring. Simple as that. She has no depth and is poorly constructed. Initially, she is presented as a iron skinned thief who would will do anything for her family. When she is ripped away from her old life into her new life and she’s a whiner. Ugh! It not so much the whining that bothers me but she whines like an over privileged suburban girl. “I can’t decide what prince I like more.” There is three males characters that her age in the novel and guess what? She is in love with all of them… Just remember her family is so poor that they can’t afford simple pleasures like food. It’s like Aveyard made this unbelievably cool world then added Bella Swan.
Now, many young adult novels have this exactly constructed character so I was able to look past it to complete the story. There is this obvious build up to a twist and this had me add the edge of my seat. However to my disappointment, there really wasn’t any twist at all, what Aveyard hints too is exactly what happens. Now not all story needs twists but then why hint that there will be?
The theme of the novel is betrayal and makes for a dramatic teenage fantasy novel. For as much as I am tearing it apart I did enjoy it and plan to eventually read the next part of the series. Ever since I overlooked the Hunger Games series for as long as I did, I have been trying to not overlook the young adult genre. That being said, this is a good book but it’s a little overrated.