Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

 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.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: February 10, 2015
Genre: Dystopian, YA, Paranormal
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Rated: ★★★★½

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

OH MY GOD! This was SO AMAZING I devoured the book in under 4 hours. I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen. I went into Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard not knowing a thing other than folks liked it and the cover was super cool. I am so happy I went into this book not knowing a single thing about it because that made it all the more amazing. I liked the characters, the story, pacing was great! The worldbuilding was fantastic! I cannot wait until I have time to delve into the side stories and the second book in the series!

Mare is such a great reluctant heroine. She just wants to live and when complications arise, she’s so realistic in just saying, well I guess this is it, okay. I mean, let’s face it, something crazy happens and we know we aren’t equipped to survive it, that would be the thought running through our brains — just getting ready for the end. Then, when she somehow finds herself surviving, she doesn’t take it for granted, she adapts. What’s also fantastic about Mare is that she doesn’t let a romance get in the way of her goal. She wants to free the Reds and that’s what she’s focused on. Sure, if some romance happens along the way, that’s great. But the entire time, her focus is on the Reds and helping her people.

The conflict between the Silvers and the Reds is extremely believable. Aveyard meshes bits of fantasy with technology so that people have abilities, but there are also televisions and cameras around. There isn’t a hard cut division like you find in many other fantasy novels. It’s jarring at first, but you get used to it. I’m excited to see the areas of the world where technology is plays a greater part, as the towns and cities in Red Queen weren’t as reliant.

Now, onto what killed me — the princes Maven and Cal. When I say they killed me, I mean I went on rants to friends (some who had, some who hadn’t read the series) about what I thought I would happen and what I wanted to happen. As much as he is a trash lord baby, I love Maven. I just, partway through the book, I made the decision that regardless of what happened, I would love him even if he turned out sour. I’m still not thoroughly convinced, though, that all is as it seems, not with a mother like his at least…

Cal, on the other hand, is great, but so vanilla for me. He’s the one meant to rule, does everything by the book, even if it means losing the girl he’s falling in love with. There isn’t as much fight with him. I want to see if that changes in the next book.

Secondary characters are great as well! They have their own stories, their own reasons for doing what they do. I want stories about Julien and Sara! About the King choosing someone for love (maybe one of those side stories published showcases this???)

It’s great finding a series where you become invested in all of the characters — major and minor. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard definitely lived up to the hype and just blew me away.

Quotes & Excerpts

In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.
The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.
– Chapter One

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