Trigger Warnings: child abuse, slavery, child slavery.
These two snippets are just choked full of horrible implications upon horrible implications. I said it last week, but I’m going to say it again: this is some Hunger Games level of fuckery. The Shadowhunter community basically rapes children of their childhoods (both their own children and the human children they snatch from their homes), make them go through brutal tests, and if they somehow survive, they are forced against their will to be a soldier in a never-ending supernatural war. And when they die battle, their bodies are cremated and are used for building materials. Let me repeat this for the folks in the back: THEY ARE FORCED TO SERVE THE CLAVE EVEN IN DEATH. I’m not going to fucking sugarcoat it, this is essentially slavery.
These poor people are slaves who don’t even get to rest when they die. I mean it’s one thing when there are a war and a country uses the draft, and then there is this is this shit. No matter if you are for or against the draft, I think everyone can fucking agree that using children as soldiers is wrong. And at least when the U.S. utilized the drafts, they allowed those soldiers to be buried with honor and rest in peace. The Shadowhunters don’t give their people even that.
I will never understand why Clare even wrote this, or how her editors let her get away with it. I hope that Clare sees how wrong this practice is and later plans on letting her characters get rid of it all together. Unfortunately, I know Clare, and she probably doesn’t see all the horrible implications she wrote into this book. The Shadowhunters are just awful people all around, and honestly, I’m not seeing a lot a difference between them and Valentine.