Hello! How is everyone today? I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and is ready for the week ahead. Today I’ll be reviewing/discussing the first book in the Red Queen series, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science-Fiction (Dystopian)
Rating: 4/5 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.
I find it so hard to write reviews without spoiling the plot! The things I would like to talk about in detail, are spoilers and I don’t want to be that person that spoils a book for someone. So, I will try my best to put my thought about this book into words without spoiling it.
I really liked the writing style and the world Victoria has created. I’m really intrigued by the concept of Reds and Silvers and how one can have silver blood and have god-like powers. I thought this aspect of the plot was quite original. I am very intrigued by Mare’s powers and how she is able to have powers in the first place and I really hope we get to learn more about the history of Norta and Cal’s mother. I thought Victoria developed the world really well. I liked how the plot wasn’t solely driven by the romance but by developing the world and the characters.
I really liked all the characters, there were ones you loved, and the ones you loved to hate. But the betrayal, so much betrayal. I made the mistake of letting my guard down, too many times. Every time I thought there could be no more twists and turns, Victoria threw yet another plot twist at me. Even though I did see some of the twists coming, I still couldn’t help but be shocked. I really liked Kilorn and I’m low-key hoping Mare ends up with him. I was a little disappointed to find that he was not in book all that much, but I hope he is in the next one a bit more so I can learn a bit more about his character and personality.
Mare annoyed me a bit at times, I had a hard time connecting to her, she can just be so stubborn. She was always blinded by Maven’s love and Mare kept letting her guard down and forgetting where his loyalties lie. I guess that is what anyone would do if they didn’t know who to trust and suddenly the prince is being your friend, in the cruel game Mare was suddenly thrown into. Even though she was thrown so suddenly into the Silver world as well as the Scarlet Guard, she coped fairly with it. Mare always knew something needed to change but she just didn’t know she had the power to push and create that change, until she was declared the long lost Silver princess and has finally got that power she needed.
The only problem I had with this book was that the plot could be a little flat at times, I didn’t find myself running back to see what would happen and I didn’t really have many urges to not put the book down.Red Queen wasn’t really worth all the hype, and I guess I’m just getting tired of the ‘rebellion against the corrupt government’ trope. I also found some of the characters not all that memorable, like Farley or Walsh, their wasn’t much development to them and I couldn’t connect.
I am really excited to read Glass Sword to see what happens with the characters and where the rebellion goes.
There you have it! I hope you could make sense of this, let me know your thoughts on Red Queen, I’d love to hear them! See you all next time!