When I tried to flip though the first pages ( since I don’t want to read PDFs), I noticed that the story seemed to be new to my taste : I thought stealing was the theme. So, I talked through my hat that it could be the moral talk of the town. Is stealing really morally bad? It’s not a question at all. With this arousing idea, I let myself dig it whenever I couldn’t read a real book on a bus , or I didn’t want to bring my bag full of the books I haven’t read yet. As the story went deeper, there were ambivalent revelations I had feared to read cynically. First, I found the themes, settings, and backdrops garden-variety such as the love-story scenes, the climatic conflicts, and indescribable places beyond imagination, which could have been mutated from the ideas of other famous fantasy writers, and so on. I’m almost familiar with them in other YAs I have read or in the movies I have watched. Nevertheless, what I liked about the book is its unconcealed but irresistible romance among the three main characters, theme on social stratification between the SILVER and the RED, and the unexpectedly tremendous impact upon me at the ending. Duh, I still can’t get over it.
In a world full of accessible and vicarious information where people tend to have the same ideas from one place to another, from one generation to another, we tend to be almost familiar with the same work of different authors. Consequently, we look for something new whenever we are sick and tired of it. No doubt the culture in different aspects changes. No doubt something unique stands out among the others. This case happens to a wide reader when he/she has read the same story over and over again. Let me now stop blathering. So when it comes to reading books, specifically romantic YAs, for instance, I am almost familiar with the same settings such as a man meets a lady by accident. Then, they will fall in love with each other until they have reached the complete blissfulness . Of course, the climatic conflicts they will go through is the love triangle. The supporting-actor man will comfort the main-character lady , but he turns out to be a bad ass. But some YAs endings are so tragic that you may need a diaper for your unbearable flow of tears. Since the book is intended for young audience, nowadays, the theme should be about a la Edward –of-Twilight style- enchantingly dour and tough. Gee, for sure, you may be tired of it if you’re no longer a teenybopper.
So when I noticed the blatant commonality, I was almost stooped to terminal boredom. I was somehow disappointed, and lost my interest. I wanted to X the PDF and find something new to read. Besides, I am sick and tired of the same settings and backdrops that have gone down in world literature. In fact, the prose appears not to be well-written but “ simple” , to put it mildly. Victoria Aveyard may have wanted to reach out to all kinds of readers since it is a YA. So, I should blame it on my literary standard.
To distract my careful scrutiny and make this book susceptible to my negative criticism, V. Aveyard wants to impress me by her ingenious plot twists. She may have come up with a theme I as her audience might find new, fresh, and original. (I wish I were right. You may cite some literary works from which she may have drawn impression. ) To be unique, the center of the theme is the social discrepancy between the Silver and the Red. The Silver are superior to the Red.They are powerful and the privileged, the god, but the Red are considered the dredge of society.All the rage in the story is the blood distinction. Your blood can be traced: If your blood is silver, you’re a Silver. You should not live in a world apart from the inferior- the Red whose blood is red. In short, the theme is literally about social stratification. So, the book is shed with silver and red blood which curdled my blood.
There is something somewhat different in this book despite that I did not feel these so-called “ romantic-excitement scenes”. The love triangle among the main characters is suppressible but irresistible, which somehow gave me a little thrill. Hihihi Let me chortle in this coquettish way. In fact, I didn’t predict the conflicts that would center around them wherein the supporting man turns out to be a protagonist despite the fact that I could have predicted it too. Therefore, I was trapped! I wanted to cry bloody murder that I was betrayed too as the book has mentioned many times the quotable line:
Anyone can betray anyone.
When I was close to its ending, at that time, I lost sight of my finickiness. All the hell let loose. The clash of the Silver revealed the real drama of the bogus drama. I felt the adrenaline rush in my veins. I had this burning sensation of rage as did the main character: I also wanted to REVENGE , and now I am ready to do so in the book 2: Glass Sword. Grrrr!!!
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I got angry.)