The following review is the fourth and final book of the Red Queen series and therefore contains spoilers about the previous three books.
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.
The disappointing finale to a saga that started out strong.
Okay, there’s nothing immediately wrong with this book. I didn’t want to start it because upon rereading the previous books I just didn’t feel the steam. There was no momentum to find out the ending for me. I was tired of the writing style and tired of Mare (world’s biggest understatement). When I FINALLY picked up this book the day it was due, I was sucked in. Well maybe sucked in is a strong term… I wasn’t exactly clambering to read it, but I was trucking along in it every time I did pick it up. Here’s the thing.. it’s long. Really long. So when I felt like I was making some good progress (chapter 15 aka 250 pages into the book) I decided to see exactly how many pages were left. That’s where I made my mistake. I flipped directly to the epilogue and I didn’t look at the page number. I looked at the words and started reading! What was I thinking?! (I couldn’t help myself!) And here’s the real kicker… I HATED the ending. It was lame. Not entirely lame but almost entirely lame. So here i am writing a review for a book that I did not finish because I know I won’t like the ending…because I didn’t like the ending. did you follow that? not really? welp. I’m nothing if not an honest reviewer! (I should state that I was persuaded to start reading at chapter 30 and read it out until the epilogue [like the last 8 chapters]. So I read chapters 1-15 and 30-38).
I liked the chapters from Cal’s perspective. I also really liked Evangeline! Who would’ve thought that crazy woman would’ve grown on me so much. So much so that I stopped thinking she was crazy and totally understood all of her motives. That’s the perk of reading from the specific characters perspective – you get in their head and you don’t always mind being inside of it. The same was the case for Cal. I know there are a lot of Cal haters out there. I am not one of them.
Also shout out to my favorite character Farley for being a total bad ass.
What else did I like… what else…. what else…. yupp that’s about it.
Mare!!!!!!! The world’s biggest whiner!!!! We know that she isn’t the most amazing electricon there is. So she’s not special there. She whines all of the time. All. The. Time. People have had much harder lives than her in the series. But Mare. Whew. The. Worst. If you don’t believe me. Read the 657 page book. An in the epilogue when you read it…. you will agree with me.
There are SO many things I hated about the ending. I could go into them but I don’t want to spoil it for you. But if you’ve read the book or WANT spoilers- feel free to write me in the comments. I would love to rant.
One of the biggest things I didn’t like (no spoilers, I promise!) is that we never find out what happens to certain characters. We spends chapters with a certain character and we read about this person in the big war scene but then in the epilogue they’re not mentioned! What?!
Also, isn’t the epilogue supposed to wrap things up for the reader? This isn’t the second book- it’s the FOURTH book! I mean, COME ON.
If I would have rated the book after the first 15 chapters it would have gotten about 3 stars for me. That’s how much the ending sucked. It knocked off not part of a star… but a WHOLE star. Whew. Rough stuff…
Watch: X-men- days of futures past. and imagine this whole storyline could be erased and rewritten by someone going to the past and changing the annoying future.
Listen to: Belle (reprise) from the Beauty and the Beast 2017 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Eat: Your feelings.