Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Publisher: Harper Teen on February 10th 2015
Genre(s): Fantasy (YA)
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
So this book was on my radar but not high on my TBR list because, well idk, it just wasn’t. But my BFFFFFFF was like READ IT. READ IT NOW. So I waited until the 2nd book was out and I finally read it. I wasn’t disappointed, and I enjoyed it but I feel like didn’t live up to the Best Book of 2015 hype.
There are people with Red blood and there are people with Silver blood. Silvers rule the world. They are royalty and noble and they have special powers, like manipulate metal, or turn invisible, or read your mind type stuff. And for the most part, giant a-holes.
Reds are the commoners; barely able to survive on their meager wages, are forced to fight and die the Silvers’ war that’s been going on for years and years. Most Reds are, understandably, bitter, resentful, and angry about their lot in life.
Mare is a Red, a decent thief and a barely passable student. She is definitely one of the bitter ones. She’s facing conscription soon because she wasn’t able to score an apprenticeship. Her sister is the talented one with a future but Mare screws that up trying to save her childhood friend from being conscripted.
A series of missteps and strange events land her in the royal palace. From there it’s revealed that Mare is just not any ordinary Red. They need her to be someone else and she’s got to sell it or they’ll kill her and everyone she loves. Mare finds herself engaged to a Prince and the rival of a Princess that could rip her limb from limb. Not to mention there is a rebellion forming that Mare would love to see succeed.
This book reminded me of several different books that I have read and honestly, that kind of bugged me. I mean, it’s hard to find anything super original in the book world anymore and YA books definitely follow a type but it was seriously like “I’ve read this before” type feeling. It didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book once I got past those parts.
I liked Mare enough okay, she’s got guts though she’s a bit naïve and irresponsible. She cares a lot about her family. She has a best friend, Kilorn, who, to me, was a practically a carbon copy of Gale from Hunger Games. I felt like there was supposed to be some chemistry there but I wasn’t seeing it. Actually, I wasn’t really seeing chemistry with any possible love interests. I’d rather see her end up on her own to be honest.
While this book was interesting enough to keep me reading, it felt like a copy of all the other YA fantasy books I’ve already read and loved.