Book: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published February 2015 by Orion|383 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: The Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…
I really liked The Red Queen! I can’t believe it took me so long to read, but I was glad to finally have picked up a copy from the library, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
There were quite a few twists and turns, and some of them took me by surprise…but looking back, they probably shouldn’t have. I like the idea of people thinking Mare is fake because she has red blood but the ability of silvers…and that she’s not the only one with the ability…or that horrible things happen to people like Mare. I feel like she has a little bit of the chosen one thing going on (which isn’t that surprising, considering it’s fantasy), and something about the plot reminds of more than a few sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal/dystopic novels out there. I don’t read enough fantasy to know how the plot stacks up against other fantasy novels. As for the other genres, I try to mix things up enough that it was noticeable but not too noticeable.
I wish we saw more of this world, and everything that happened before the start of the book, because it seems like there’s a lot going on that we don’t see. Maybe we’ll get more in the books to come. I really hope so because I want to know more!
Still, it was a pretty cool book to read, and the ending really took me by surprise! I liked Mare, and I liked seeing her change and become such an awesome character. There is the teensiest bit of a love triangle in this book, with two brothers, but I honestly didn’t particularly care for either one…although, to be honest, I can’t remember which brother is which at this point (since it’s taken me over a week to write a review), but if I had to pick a brother, it would be the one who didn’t do the horrible thing towards the end of book. I don’t know if that will make much sense, because I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t read it, but one of them really made me hate him. And even though I understand why he did it, I also felt like it was a horrible thing to do, and he made me like him, and it seemed like he was cool and then he wasn’t. It’s weird, because now that I think about it, I don’t think I liked either of them at the same time.
And it seemed like there is potentially something with the one friend, but I just didn’t like him, and I hope he’s not a love interest in any of the other books, but he might be, and I don’t want that! Actually, I kind of wished there was a little more romance, because I felt like it was hinted at, which is weird, considering she gets engaged. But at the same time, I get why the book is more about her new-found abilities, and some of the stuff going on in the country.
It’s interesting, too, because it’s such an interesting combination of past and future in the book. It’s not contemporary, but there are times where it felt like the distant past, and other times where it felt like the distant future.
4 stars. I really liked it, and it’s a really cool premise! It definitely had its twists and turns.