Here is my long awaited book review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
This is a spoiler free review. I will be covering center aspects of the book in points.
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...
I had heard a lot about this book. Through epic reads and other readers. I liked the cover, and it was a dystopian (favorite genre) so I picked it up. This book was in the dystopian/Fantasy. And it was nailed perfectly. I am was very impressed.
I loved and hated this book to both extremes. I shall talk about it in points. Cause there is a lot about this book that I wanted to talk about.
For start. It took me a while to get into it. There was a lot going on. I didn't not enjoy the first part. I was just finding it kind of hard to understand. But I didn't put it down, cause I had faith that it was going to get more interesting.
The world building. This was one of my favorite parts about this book. It is set in a dystopian futuristic America. The country Norta stands for North America. Victoria explains it better in her video HERE. I thought it was very creative with all the names and how the kingdom was set up. Also I was in love with how there were ruins. It was very post apocalyptic. But we also got that feel of normality. There were cars, and elevators, along with new technology.
I got very strong french civil war vibe. With the whole scarlet guard thing. Reds against the Silvers. Rich against the poor. And I really liked that. (I don't know if anyone else saw it like that. But that was what I got from it.)
Reds and Silvers. This was a very interesting concept. So we had the Red bloods who are just a normal race of people like you and me. And then we have the Silver bloods who are the decedents of the gods (something like that) and they have special super human ability. The Silvers are the royals, the high class people, they rule the world, and us Reds are commoners, no rights and no power. They live under the influence of the Silvers.
There was a romance. Or two... Or three. I was talking with my friend Tessa Ann about this. And we settled on calling this a love square. Cause that was what it was. It was very interesting when you had three flipping love interests! To much for my heart... :(
But the thing about the romance though is that you don't have the story without it. You need the romance to tie the story together. It works so well with the plot.
Mare is a Red with Powers. Mare is a red with a gift. And she has a rare gift that is the power to create and control lightening. The Silvers can control a particular element that they are gifted with. Some it will be fire, or metal, water, or nature...etc. But Mare can create and control her gifted element which is lighting. So that makes her, a lot more special than the others.
I really liked Mare. She was a very strong character. I liked the way she thought. I also really liked the other characters in this book. You kinda didn't know what was going on with them, I was always second guessing myself.
This book got me screaming, and pretty over all shocked. I was left speechless. And when it came to rating this on goodreads, I had a bit of a hard time. I am still trying to learn to rate books properly. I rated this book with FIVE STARS. And I keep it like that, cause it has had a long lasting effect on me. I do recommend reading this book.