Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen #1
This book has been sitting on my shelf for near a year now, waiting to be red. I've seen some rave about this series, and others trash it, so I wasn't sure what to expect myself going in. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
I love dystopian fiction, and combined into YA is the perfect blend for me. Aveyard sets the scene on an unjust and cruel world, where those with power are suppressing those without, viewing them as lesser because of the colour of their blood.
I will say, Mare isn't my favourite character. She does make a lot of mistakes that endanger others, but I do feel that's true of anyone. I'm hoping to see a lot of character growth throughout the rest of this series as I think she has the potential to be great. I do like that she still stands up for herself a bit even though she's terrified, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that continues to develop.
There's a definite love triangle brewing and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Generally I'm not keen on them as they can monopolise a story and get tiresome, but sometimes they can be dealt with well. I do like that Mare wasn't professing her love within a couple of chapters - it's so worn out and quite frankly unrealistic, and it irritates me when authors go down that route.
That plot twist! That betrayal! I did not see it coming! I won't say too much hear as I don't want to give any spoilers, but oh my god! Usually I'm quite good at sussing out the twist, but this one blindsided me and I loved it. The end quarter of this book was so fast and action packed I nearly couldn't keep up, and it left off on a great lead into book 2.
If you liked this book you should try;
The Hunger Games, The Selection
Read the summary below:
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.