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
Red Queen is the debut novel by Victoria Aveyard. It recently won the 2015 Goodreads choice award. It is simultaneously YA fiction, fantasy and dystopian which blend very well together. Red Queen has received much praise from readers everywhere. It is easy to become entranced in Aveyard’s world of princesses, magic, love and betrayal. Readers who enjoyed The Selection by Kiera Cass will love this book.
I was very excited to read Red Queen. However, as the book progressed I noticed frequent references to other stories that obstructed my view of the story. There were so many commonly used story elements blended together it made the Red Queen less likeable in my opinion. It’s like that time when you took your two favorite foods (Nutella and Hot Sauce) and discovered that while alone they were basically the best thing ever; mixed together they become a culinary disaster. Red Queen had so much potential when it began. The story was more or less engaging. The characters were likeable and the plot was one to look forward to.
Like any good Cinderella story Red Queen tells the typical rags to riches. I feel like Aveyard’s version was just too similar to other books of this genre and topic. Then there were other small bits and pieces that were borrowed from other books. Red Queen did not have nearly enough originality for me to pull me into the story and keep me there.
As far as the plot twists in this book went, I feel like they written very heavy handedly. Even the one at the end that was supposed to be a huge surprise, had nearly no effect on me because half way through the book I realized how many hints were being dropped. This not to say that I completely disliked the book. I enjoyed the world building and learning about all of the silvers.
While Red Queen wasn’t my favorite title many readers loved it. It received a 4.12 rating on Goodreads and has allot of reviews. I would rate the book about 2 stars due to the lack of character building and originality. If you are thinking about reading Red Queen you can purchase it as well as any other book available on Amazon from my Bookshelf page
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