- Page Count: 383
- Release Date: February 10, 2015
- My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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..
How have I not written anything for this yet?! This is still one of my favorite YA books!
I was lucky enough to go into this book without hearing ANY hype or having any expectations, so I was instantly pulled in and thought it was so much fun. I know people say that a lot of the elements in Red Queen have been done before (like the girl from a poor background who finds out she has super special snowflake powers). So yes, I’ll admit this is true. The story itself really is like a blend of a bunch of other YA books… BUT it’s a blend of all of the best parts of the other stories! That’s what made this book work so well for me: it was exactly what I wanted to read. Like some perfect little recipe without any excess crap. There were castles, princes, politics & plots, special powers that are kind of like magic, an original world, etc.
I think Victoria Aveyard’s writing style was what really stood out here — this whole book reads like a screenplay. You can totally see the whole movie unfolding! The pacing was totally perfect and everything flowed really smoothly. The whole story just seemed really polished.
Mare is an awesome main character — believable, strong, compassionate. She’s motivated out of love for her family and friends and is realistically flawed. (Her character changes a lot in the second book. This review is purely for this first one). She could’ve been developed more, but I didn’t have any issues with what was there.
Umm ok I totally loved Cal and Maven, but Kilorn was a total Mal (from the Grisha trilogy). Team Cal all the way, though. I loved all of the other side characters as well and thought the powers like fire or lightning etc were really cool… I really liked the idea that each house/family had their own power. And the Queenstrial scene was AWESOME.
I was a little hesitant about what seemed like a love triangle or square or whatever but OH MY GOODNESS THAT PLOT TWIST AT THE END. BEST THING EVER.
So even if the story isn’t the most original thing to ever hit shelves… who cares. It’s just plain fun and entertaining!!