RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Red Queen follows the story of a seventeen year-old girl named Mare Barrow, who lives in a society that is divided by the color of one’s blood – red, the lower class, and silver, the upper class. Red bloods labor each day, completing dirty tasks as well as fighting the wars of the Silvers, who live in luxury and have supernatural powers.
Mare is a Red blood – or so it seems, until she discovers she has powers of her own. The king immediately attempts to cover up Mare’s abilities by making her one of his own – a Silver – and forcing her to marry one of his own sons. Amidst a Red rebellion, Mare is sucked into the Silver world, one filled with power, choice, and worst of all, betrayal.
I loved Red Queen! The premise was what really drove me to pick it up – I adore dystopian novels, and I thought a division of society by blood as opposed to race or gender was a very cool idea. I was not disappointed! The plot was fast-paced and immersive, although it also did slow down in certain areas.
The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.
At first, Mare’s constantly annoyed and bitter outlook on the world bothered me. Even when others were trying to be nice to her, she pushed them away, which I found a bit rude. However, I grew to appreciate her strong personality, as her snarky answers provided humor in the midst of intense situations. And who can blame her for being bitter when she lives in a world that is turned against her kind?
Cal is another character I came to appreciate. At first I found him a bit cliche; charming, heir to the throne, develops a forbidden love. However, he really surprised me at the end of the novel! I can’t tell you why, because that would give away a lot of the story, but let’s just say he’s not as cliche as I previously had assumed.
I loved that the characters showed lots of development, and Aveyard’s style of writing showed voice and really flowed throughout the plot. Four out of five stars for an awesome novel, and I definitely recommend the read, especially if you love dystopians!