NYT Bestseller list (chapter books for 10+) from January-August 2016
Victoria Aveyard. (2016). Glass Sword: Red Queen Series, Book 2. HarperCollins.
Glass Sword is the thrilling sequel to Red Queen. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. The second installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Commentary and Text Connections:
Victoria Aveyard does an amazing job of creating a mature, controversial world without using overt sex or obscene language. Glass Sword continues the concept of fantasy with characters that continue to defy nature. First we have an other world concept that consists of red blood and silver bloods, then we are introduced to an entirely new group of people–the new bloods. Mare knows she is different in Red Queen, and she begins to gather new bloods from the list given to her by Julian Jacos. These new bloods all have some sort of extra-sensory perception, and Mare plans to use them all to help defeat Maven. This novel is appropriate for middle school and high school students, but I wouldn’t recommend it to younger middle grades students because of the graphic fighting scenes and some references to sex.