Title: War Storm (Red Queen #4)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
Page Count: 662 (Harcover)
Age Recommendation: 14
Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive. ~ Goodreads
Mare Barrow is fighting a war. Alone? With her trusted friends? No one know anymore. Everything is very confusing and all the Silvers can seem to think of is the shiny crown. Mare is annoyed with that because she is tired of the inhumane way the Reds are treated. She is going to fight those Silvers, but help them first. Then fight them. Whatever will happen?
Where to begin with this book? Me reading from the beginning and me after reading the end are two entirely different people. I guess I should, before anything, mention that this book took me over a month to read. Not because I read extremely slow. No. It took me over a month to read because the beginning was mostly just mindless war tactics and every other page of the book was mentioning Cal and how Mare couldn’t be with him because he’d ‘already made his choice’ and there she was moping about it. It made me so annoyed, like I wanted to read this for the action and adventure–not the romance. She was always seeming to say the same edgy things too, and after a while it lost its effect.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on Mare. Cal was really the only person she was close to that understood what she was going through. Then he kind of just abandoned her. Still though, it was annoying.
The reason I finished this book was not because I suddenly got sucked in. It was because I’ve reviewed every other of these books on this series on this blog and I refused to not finish off the story. (It’s like a set!) Once you get about two thirds of the way through, the book finally starts stimulating some other emotion than annoyance. Sadness! Let’s read some interesting sentences from when I was at about page 500:
This book is bulky physically and in writing.
In the first part you suffer from slow pacing, meaningless pining, and constant bombardments of overrated boys. The second part you suffer as the pace picks up and you slowly feel any hope you had slowly crushed out of your soul.
This book was so hopeless that it put me into the same heavy mindset as a twelve year old emo. Writing poetry about loneliness, darkness, and suffering as their parents cook dinner for them.
The second half (third?) finally picks up but it is too late and all you want is a happy ending you know that you will never get.
The final third part of the book was actually decent! Finally, some good old betrayals overshadowed Mare’s constant pining. Someone got tortured! Honestly it was a nice break from all the war tactics. I don’t enjoy war books at all and since the beginning was mostly just strategizing and tense dinner conversations, I was bored through the whole thing. Not only that, I also had a hard time visualizing some of the scenes. I read in other reviews of different books in the series that other people had problems visualizing the scenes, and they would pass off better on a screen than in a book. I didn’t see it before but I have to agree now.
This excel on some points. It bluntly shows the fact that war is hell. All the characters come out with scars, physically and mentally that weren’t there in the beginning. And annoying as Mare is, she is so so strong and she does what is best for her in the end, despite how she feels and I have to respect that.
It also made me so passionate, that when I took a break from reading, I was composing a review in my head almost the whole time.
All in all, a disappointing read, a good ending, and an almost Lemony Snicket like end to the series.
I hate the waves. They offend me.
We’re the same height for now, but I hope she keeps growing. She doesn’t deserve to see the world the way I do.
Love can be exploited, I guess, used to manipulate. It’s leverage. But I would never call loving someone else a weakness. I think living without love at all, any kind of love, is weakness. And the worst kind of darkness.