Series: Red Queen Trilogy, #1
Release Date: March 26th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Red Queen was a pleasant suprise! Of course, I’d long been lusting after that cover *coughs*. I wasn’t sure whether I would like the story itself, though, but it turns out that I did! Red Queen is full of intrigue and twists and turns and magic, and it was an extremely fun and fast read.
In the world of Red Queen, everyone is divided based on the colour of their blood. Red means lowly, it makes you a commoner at best and a servant at worst. Then there are the Silvers – people whose blood runs silver and who get amazing powers. The Silvers are, compared to the Reds, a kind of royalty. Wealthy and confident: they basically think they’re gods. Our main character, Mare, is a Red, but she soon gets thrust into the world of the Silvers, the royalty.
I have one major complaint about this book, and that is its predictability. I called literally all of the twists that happened in the first 50%. In the beginning, Red Queen is very much your typical story: outcast heroine gets thrown into the world of the rich and the powerful, and doesn’t agree with the way things are run in their dystopian-like society. She discovers some things about herself and others that are entirely predictable.
But then… Victoria Aveyard takes the story to a higher level. SHE WENT THERE. And in the last 20%, so many twists are dropped onto the reader’s head, and you have no idea who to trust, who has died and who is still alive. Things are going to hell quickly, and you just don’t know how it all is going to resolve. Let us hear a resounding, “YAAAAASSS”. This part, in case it wasn’t obvious, I loved.
Our main character, Mare, was someone I liked most of the time. Though I think her character could use some more fleshing-out, she was a stubborn and down-to-earth pickpocket, and what’s not to love about that? She makes some wrong choices, can be way too naive at times and doesn’t always do the right things. But she does try to make a new world, she fights for equality even when her own life is on the line. I loved these aspects of her, but she couldn’t win over my heart completely because I felt her character was a bit underdeveloped. At times I felt she was just the “stubborn, anti-Silver” girl, instead of a round character. BUT, there were other times when I just loved her, so this varies.
Then there is the romance. All I will say about Red Queen is that it’s low on the romance. And that I’m not sure you could even call it a romance. Some people are nice, others aren’t. You never know who is hiding things and who isn’t, and it’s just impossible to create a romance in an environment like that. Luckily, Aveyard recognizes this and makes sure the book is light on the romance, though there is a nice kiss scene somewhere. But that’s all I’ll tell you for now. Mwahaha.
I’m afraid I can’t say too much about Red Queen. After all, I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone. And trust me, there are many twists that could be spoiled, despite the first half’s predictability. In this debut, Victoria Aveyard showed that she isn’t afraid to go there. Because she does. Go there. And when she does… BAM. Plot explosion!
So yeah, I think it’s clear I enjoyed Red Queen. If you want an intruiging and fast-reading story full of twists and turns, I suggest you pick up Red Queen.
~Thank you Orion for the review copy!~
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