As soon as this book was published, the hype went through the roof! I was always unsure whether it would be my sort of thing, and whether I would enjoy reading it. I almost bought it so many times, then put it back. I then requested it on NetGalley when it was available to wish for over Christmas, and my wish was granted! I’m so glad it was…
Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:
About The Book
‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard
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 . . .
Red Queen is a young adult fiction novel, with fantasy, dystopian universe sub genres buried within it. It ultimately follows the same constructs as The Hunger Games or the Divergent series. Set in a place where the colour of your blood determines the quality of your life, Mare Barrow discovers that it’s not just Red and Silver, and sometimes, power isn’t everything and no one can be trusted. Everything that happens throughout the book is written in first person from Mare’s perspective, and, although I said the structure is similar to other dystopian novels, the events are still totally unpredictable! The ending was also extremely climactic (there was so much action still going on and my Kindle said I was 98% through the book!) The plot was exceptionally fast paced, and the whole construction of another world completely different to our own is something I admire in authors, and when everything is logically presented in the story like it was here, it is even more amazing!
I definitely loved Cal more towards the end, but he was there as a favourite character throughout, even though it may have been more underlying at times. Mare was an interesting character, but I founder too similar to other heroines in the dystopian genre, like Katniss, but she was a strong and well developed character.Overall, all of the characters seemed to have their own written back story which allowed Aveyard to expand and contact on their characterisation as she pleased, making them feel real, even if the concept behind the storyline was not.
I was definitely kept guessing throughout the entire story, as I mentioned, it wasn’t up until the very end that everything came out and action really started to kick in, although it was present throughout which is what kept me hooked! My favourite part of the book was all of the training that Mare went through with her newly found out Silver powers, and how it was slowly revealed to the reader what the extent of her powers were. Also the note from Julian was a great shock, and definitely makes me want to read the sequel! I don’t recall crying at all during the book, although some scenes did spike up some emotion within me, the ever present feeling of anger in some scenes and towards some characters was evident! The tense scenes, especially the more action base ones close to the end of the book, were particularly well written.
I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of young adult or dystopian fiction (or both!) This book has been such a phenomenon over the past year and definitely deserves all of the attention it’s been given, and so much more!
My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5
Where To Buy
If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):
Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)