Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Where I received the book: I was given this book from Teo.
Star rating: ★★★★★
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…
This review is spoiler free.
Before I read this book, I’d heard so much about it. Everywhere I went, there were people tweeting about the plot twists, or blogging about how good it was. Red Queen had been on my TBR for a while, but I couldn’t afford to buy a copy and the local library didn’t have it. (And I hate ebooks). Then Teo came to the save, saying she had an extra copy that needed a home.
When I started reading Red Queen, I had high expectations, thanks to the Internet. Was I disappointed? Hell no! This book lived up to everything it was claimed to be! I started reading this book back in August – I took it with me on my flight to Europe. I had nothing else to do but read for two flights approx. 12 hours each.
One thing I didn’t like about Red Queen was its occasional slow bits, which felt unbearable and ten times worse being stuck on a plane. But it was still a fantastic read nonetheless. Majority of the book was fast paced and easy to follow, allowing for an enjoyable read.
Another problem I had with Red Queen is that it reminded me a lot of books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. Many things I recognised in Red Queen and felt it’d been taken from another YA Dystopian novel and shoved into Red Queen with its own characters. It was annoying to notice these similarities because it affected my reading experience.
That’s not saying it’s a bad book – honestly, I can’t wait for the sequel! One of my favourite things in this book is the plot twists. In particular, characters that you’re led to trust, and even love, turn around and rip your heart out. I was so devastatingly upset at the end.
Mare was an interesting character. She had some similarities to Katniss, the Hunger Games, in the sense of trying to protect her family; feed them, etc. However, I did feel that her relationship with Kilorn and Mare’s relationship was too similar to Katniss and Gale’s for my liking. However, I tried my best to not compare these characters, and I really loved them (Kilorn not so much).
Cal is one of those characters that you meet and they’re all mysterious and cool. I loved Cal in the beginning. He was everything every male character should be. But over the course of the book, things changed. I started to dislike him. With every chapter I hated him a little more, until I couldn’t stand him. Then, due to events at the end, I started to like him again. Not as much as in the beginning, but I still did.
Then there’s Maven. That character that everyone falls in love with. To be honest, I didn’t like him at first. My immediate thoughts were “something’s up with this one”, but as the book progressed and he became more important to the story, I began to adore his character. His actions, his words; you couldn’t help but trust him. I still can’t believe the ending. I was yelling at the book, “mAVEN WHAT THE HELL IS THAT MAVEY WHY”.
Overall, Red Queen was an amazing read. Yes it had some flaws, but most novels do and that’s okay. In the end, the things I found irritating didn’t even compare to how much I enjoyed the story. If you haven’t read it, what are you even doing with your life? Go read it now!