Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Book 1 of the Red Queen series
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
My rating: 4 stars
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.
Well. That was certainly a wild ride! A handful of my friends are big fans of this book and they have encouraged me tirelessly to read it. And after months of it being stuck on my TBR pile, I finally got the chance to pick it up!
Getting into the story, I felt a lot of Hunger Games vibes from it, so I really wanted to see what sets it apart. And as I read on, I really found their world very interesting; how they’re divided by Red and Silver, by power and weakness, and how Mare is really a mutation of sorts.
“I’m an accident. I’m a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion.”
The plot is very interesting. A real-page turner, I had trouble setting the book down when I finally had the time to read it. It really kept me on my toes from the beginning until the end. The plot twists are either really frustrating or very shocking. I’m actually upset with myself that I didn’t see this one foreshadowing of the major plot twist at the end.
“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”
“This was the shadow controlling the flame.”
The characters are good, but they’re not great. I had trouble trying to get a feel of Mare’s personality as I read through her perspective. I didn’t trust Cal and Maven one bit since the very start
(I only started to like Maven in the middle of the story, oops I guess). Shade had such potential—the way he was portrayed through Mare’s perspective made it seem like he holds a lot of significance to the story. I hated Evangeline. I hated Maven’s mother. And I feel really sorry for Corriane, I feel sorry that I never got see more of her.
The writing style… Okay, now, I’m very conflicted about this. Although the author has her moments that seem to really capture me and entice me, there were also times that I found myself thinking that the writing lacked a little bit of finesse. The plot was great, yes, but I would have liked to see more in the execution of it.
This feels like a 3.75 stars for me. But because I’m a sucker for Fantasy, it’s a 4 haha! I am excited to see what happens in Glass Sword!
Also, I’ve heard that the fourth book in the series was released yesterday
(or is it today?)! That’s awesome news!
How about you? Have you read this book? What did you think of it?