Book title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Target Audience: Young Adult
In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.
Why I chose this?
I have heard so much about this series lately with the final book being released so once again my FOMO has surfaced and I need to know what it’s about.
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.
What I thought
So, this had a twist in it that I really wasn’t expecting and although the twist was sad and cruel it actually made me smile because for once it was unpredictable for me. I honestly didn’t see it coming and that makes me happy. I like not being able to guess the outcome although I knew the queen would have her hands in it somehow.
To be honest I wasn’t sure with about story at first. The whole blood colour divide seemed a bit much. That being said it was nice to see that a divide isn’t by the colour of people’s skin as it is throughout so much of our history. We are more than the colour of our skin, where we come from, how much we earn and our class. So to have a story based around things that we once again can not control but have the dividing factor as something that can’t really be seen unless it’s forced was certainly unusual.
Once Cal was introduced into the story I felt this is where it started truly getting into the story. The first few chapters are scene building so it is worth getting passed these.
It does seem like a terrible place to be brought up where once you turn 18 you only have two choices. Work or join the Army. And with a century long war going on and shop owners having very few positions open due to people not wanting to go to the army there’s really no choice for the Red Bloods.
What has annoyed me once again is the friend who just happens to be a boy who looks like they’ll be fighting for the affections of the main Character Mare. Why does the friend have to do this?
I thought the storyline was well thought out and the characters have their own personalities and when a name was mentioned there was only a couple of times where I forgot who was being referred to. Usually, it’s a fair bit more than that.
All in all, I really enjoyed it and in fact, I started Glass Sword almost straight away (it’s was only because I had to feed my kids in the meantime) and I want to carry it on because of all the hype it has got. I’m not afraid of admitting my FOMO.