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662 pages, Hardcover
First published May 15, 2018
I will not be a red queen.Are. You. F*cking. Kidding. Me.
I have to look strong, even if I don’t feel it right now. It’s a lie, but a good lie.That and her absolute stupidity. Take this observation from Mare:
He loved the crown before he loved me, whether he knows it or not.This is in reference to the PRINCE of their COUNTRY choosing his KINGDOM over some rando chick he met a few months ago. And yet, Mare is shook.
My jaw hangs open, eyes glued to the horizon...the slopes rise like knife edges, too sharp, too high. Rows upon rows of jagged gigantic teeth. Some of the peaks are bare, without trees as if trees can't grow up there.Wowwwwww Mare. The fact that she seems to question whether or not trees could grow on a completely barren mountainside - is this really the person you want in charge of your rebellion?
When she moves, I realize her hair is different too. The gray ends are gone, replaced by a beautiful, familiar purple. I love it.So, you're telling me that in the middle of the war, in a country that is impoverished, oppressed and practically middle-ages....that our spunky main characters manage to find high-quality, long-lasting, hair dye on the battle field?
“I will not be a red queen.”
“To rise. And rise alone.”
“My only fear now is losing the throne, the crown, the reason for all this misery and torment. I won't destroy myself in vain. I won't let this all be for nothing.”
“I am different from what my world demands I be. And I am not worse for it.”
“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.”
"The guns will quiet, the smoke will clear, and the soldiers, Red and Silver both, will come home."
“He still hasn’t turned away from the crown, and I am still just as dedicated to my cause, if not more so. I can’t still be in love with a king, when everything I’m doing is to destroy his throne. Destroy all notions of kings and queens and the kingdoms at the mercy of their will.”
“When the storm breaks, I’ll be ready. I promise you that.”
Ready to fight. To lose. And probably die.”
“He has no loyalties, and no love in his heart. The boy who calls himself king is a shell, empty, a danger to everyone and everything.”
“I like the hair. We can still run. Together.”