Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard. Fantasy/Dystopian. 2015. 383 pages. 4.5/5 stars. [Source: Bought]
“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Kyra: I am a huuuuuge fan of books with court intrigue, and this book gave me a heaping dose of that. However, I did want to get more immersed in the world some more. This book is so plot-centered, it didn’t focus much on the world building. I want to learn more about the Silvers and the Reds!
However, the plot was very action-packed. My heart was pounding so hard during that end scene. It satisfied my craving for action-packed books. There was an ample amount of unexpected plot twists, and at one point I had to put the book down and question everything. I was in a state of shock. I praise Victoria Aveyard highly for that.
The characters were very likeable. Mare makes reasonable decisions, and she does not make them based of her emotions. The other characters were fabulous, and the author does a good job writing a malicious antagonist. That said antagonist is one of my favourites bad characters of all time. I do have to warn you that Victoria Aveyard is not afraid of killing off her characters. Do not get too attached.
Overall, I think this book is great. I highly recommend it. If you like fantasy books with court intrigue, action, and a smidge of romance, then this book is for you! I rate it 4.5 stars.
Nikki: This book made me jealous of Silvers. I mean, how cool would it be to have silver blood and have powers?! The society in which it was set was very peculiar and it piqued my interest. The characters were diverse in personalities, too! Cal and Maven were as opposite as brothers can be, and Mare wasn’t your typical bratty-main character.
I understand why this book was comparable to The Selection series–America… Mare, Maxon… Maven; the plots were somehow similar too–but I found Red Queen much more mature (read as: waaaaay better) than The Selection series and therefore deserves 5 stars and a recommendation. The plot twist of Red Queen broke my heart and nearly ruined me and I cannot wait for the upcoming sequel!