What’s it about?
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… -Goodreads Synopsis
My Review of Red Queen
I went into Red Queen with a slight bias of the “Oh, yay, another YA dysto-fic. Fantastic. Really. Can’t wait” variety. I can’t help it. There’s so many of them nowadays! Well, how many typical elements were there? There was brave heroine. A love triangle. Evil rulers. Rebellion. The only thing non-standard was the fact that Mare was legit super-powered and not just almost inhumanely good with a bow or something.
With that being said, Victoria Aveyard does a solid job with Red Queen. The writing is good. The pacing is excellent. There are a few twists I didn’t expect. Most of the characters are believable. The love-triangle wasn’t super ridiculous. She didn’t re-invent the wheel, but she didn’t get the wheel stuck in rut either.
I just can’t be super-enthusiastic about another Young Adult Dystopian Novel when the market is overly saturated with them. Red Queen doesn’t shine. While it has a few non-typical elements such as people with super-powers ruling over the ‘normals’, instead of just rich ruling over the poor, it doesn’t stand out. It has a very pretty cover that will sit there on the shelf right beside every other Young Adult Dystopian Novel on the shelf, each of them vying for their share of attention.
Title: Red Queen | Series: Red Queen Series #1 | Author: Victoria Aveyard (site) | Publisher: Orion (site) | Publication Date: 2015-2-10 | Pages: 283 | ISBN13: 9781409151173 | Genre(s): Young Adult & Dystopian | Language: English | Triggers: A couple dead kids in the dance scene | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-23 | Source: Library