Review | The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages
Published: February 2, 2015
Genre: Distopian, Supernatural, Romance, Action/Adventure
ISBN: 9780062310637
Age Range: 16+
Rating: 5/5


The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?


 

I had someone ask me the other day if I liked The Red Queen more than I liked The Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen). I have to admit that is an impossible question to answer. The fact that both these books take a niche market of lead female characters, with flaws and imperfections, and thrusts them into the spotlights of their respective worlds, speaks to me in large volumes.

Mare Barrow is a normal girl. She has three older brothers, and a younger sister. She’s one of the lucky ones whose parents are still alive, and is extremely close to her best friend Kilron. She’s also a Red. Reds in Aveyard’s book are considered to be servants. They are the lesser members of society, the lowest of the low caste. Their sole purpose in life is to be slaves to the Silvers.

Silvers have gifts; abilities if you will. Some can control metal, others can talk to you without actually speaking. They have their hierarchy built into their lives, and there is a monarchy that Mare is eventually drawn into. I won’t get into too much detail, as it’ll give away the plot of the story, but I have to say that this book, and I believe this series, are a slightly older and darker approach to the YA/Fantasy realm.

These characters make you fall in love with them, despite their glaring flaws. Aveyard has written them in such a way that even when things go belly up, you actually want to continue rooting for them, in hopes that its all a ruse. I truly look forward to where this series is headed, and I cannot wait till the next book comes out!

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