Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian YA
Topics: Kingdom, Superficial Powers
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published on: July 3rd, 2015
Formats: Paperback, Hardback, Kindle
Short Review: Fighting Kingdoms, Magical powers, detestable villains, love triangles and a bit of everything for a fantasy fanatic.
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
The similarity between Red Queen and Hunger games in uncanny! So much of this book reminds me of Katniss, and later of Joffrey and his evil mother, the queen; Cersei. I would’ve liked it much more if it weren’t for all the similar plot lines. That being said, Aveyard definitely walked in the zone with a strong debut novel leaving plenty of us hooked and anticipating the series.
I picked up the book for all the hype over on Instagram (read bookstagram) and the mesmerizing cover, I hadn’t known then it was a dystopian novel, only that it was YA fantasy, I’m glad it turned out better than expected.
Victoria builds a strong female protagonist who struggles to fit in and ends up realizing how that never would be possible. The dystopian world of Red Queen series is divided into two sides, the Red and the Silver, the colour of their blood and later reveals those who aren’t neither or both?
The writing is brilliant for a young debut author, better than most debut YA fantasy novels but feels a bit too descriptive sometimes, especially in the later instalments of the series. There are plenty of Characters to hate and admire, all with powers and secrets of their own, but that’s not the best part, the best is the plot twist that comes about halfway into the series, I loved how it was unexpected (was for me) and cleverly played. Usually, the story before the twist seems dragged but this wasn’t the case for Red Queen, it’s interesting throughout.
The kingdom keeps expanding, houses keeps evolving, love interests develop, characters gradually grow complex ( mostly the main characters ), revolution against revolution, blood against blood, superficial powers against masterminds, battles, and challenges, the commoners stand against the elite in power, and the poor despairing Mare Barrow goes from a rat in the scum scheming in desperation for bread and water to become the face of power within a day.
I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games, you’d enjoy discovering who the lightning girl is and what the silencers can do. You’d find out about strongarm’s strength and the magic of a magnetron, of all the colours of the houses and their command on specific powers.
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.
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 a prince, and Mare against her own heart.