Another Book ticked off my reading list, and one book closer to my goal of 52 books read this year. Red Queen has been highly recommended on nearly every book list i have seen in the last 3 months, with the second book one of the most highly anticipated released for 2016.
I read this book in one day and loved every moment of it.
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 absolutely loved this book. I thought the plot, the pacing and even the world created by Victoria Aveyard were perfection and i could not put the book down. Red Queen is another ‘YA dystopian’ novel, with the story set in a world that is in the midst of a war between two different groups. Within these groups, the society is split into two different groups dependent on the colour of a persona blood. Red blooded people are ‘common people’, people who work hard labour, live in poverty and are considered second class citizens. The other people are silver blooded. They are wealthy, affluent and most importantly they have super human abilities. Some can control water, others fire and some can even influence a persons thoughts and read their minds. There is a great conflict between these two groups, as expected due to the great inequality between the two.
This book focuses on Mare, a red blooded girl who lives with her family in the Stilts. She has a great dislike of the silvers, and if she does not find a job before she turns 18 she will be sent to fight on the front lines, a death sentence. Due to chance she meets a mysterious stranger in her village and ends up getting a job in the palace. However during the choosing of the brides for the two princes of the kingdom it is revealed that even though she is red blooded she has some power of her own. Of course this revelation to the public would be detrimental to the silvers maintaining their superiority . And so begins the story of Mare and her journey into a whole new world. She is thrown into politics, war and of course the usual love triangle.
I loved the end of the book. While i did see the massive plot twist coming to some extent, it was much more then i expected and it was executed wonderfully. It was just so good and the perfect climax to the story. While there is some hint to which direction the series is heading in the second book, it is still a mystery and i just cannot wait for the next one.
Keep in mind it is your typical YA dystopian book with a bit of sci-fi/fantasy and it does have a similar plot to many other book i have read in the last couple of months. The writing, characters and the world created however are different enough and executed amazingly that it feels different and new.
I really liked all of the characters in this book. Mare the main character is really well developed and i love her growth throughout the series. Both of the Princes were also really well characterised, with the plot twist at the end made even more painful because of this. I feel like i should be writing more about the characters, but i loved them all so much and READ THE BOOK!
This book was amazing and i am so excited for the next book in the series. I loved the world created and the book really is able to explore the idea of class system and inequality in society which is really relevant today. The character are written well, pretty much overall the writing is very well done. The plot is paced well and i found i was interested and engaged throughout the whole book.
11/10 please read.