Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre(s): Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy…
Number of pages/length: 401 pages
Price: $8.79 (Amazon paperback)
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 bow down to the Red Queen. Why did someone not put this in my hands sooner? I mean… it’s been on my TBR for months, but someone should have literally forced it’s beautiful pages on me.
Let’s dive into this dystopian world first. There is a very clear hierarchy. In the Kingdom of Norta, the Silvers rule over the Reds. The Reds are greatly oppressed. Reds who are un-apprenticed by the age of 18 are sent off to fight in the war against the Northern Kingdom. I definitely would have loved to have known more about the war as well as the Kingdon of Norta itself. There is so much potential in this dytopian world, that I feel that I just needed more. I have got to say though, the kingdom court was well thought out. (I also couldn’t help but think about the districts of Panem and the capital created in the Hunger Games. There’s definitely a lot of similarities and immeasurable differences.)
I loved the development of the main character, Mare. Mare is very rough around the edges. I also love that she’s definitely not your typical hero. In fact, she survives off of thievery. Without giving much away, the love triangles in this book had me twirling on a roller coaster. I had no idea who was going to end up with who! You guys… THERE’S JUST SO MUCH THAT I WANT TO TELL YOU. But I won’t ruin the loveliness.
Maven and Cal had my heart pounding. I absolutely loved their personalities. The way Aveyard describes them, down to their postures and gestures, add a tremendous amount to their characters. I also greatly, greatly appreciated the variety of other characters that are salted throughout the novel. They all add so much depth to the story line.
So…. I have to mention the plot twist. Because I did not see that one coming! You all need to go pick up this book right now and get to reading. Now. Go…. Now.
I am definitely going to be picking up Glass Sword the moment I get a chance.
If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear what you thought below.