Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow 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.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst 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.

Books like this have been published before, there is no denying that but I’ve recently realised that I would consider those kind of books one of my favourite types to read.

The beginning started off with a ‘demonstration’ of the powers that the Silvers behold which I think was a more or less perfect way to start this book as after this is when the world building really starts. The Silvers are rich – they have luxury, power and strength, and even within their Silver blood, each Silver has different kinds of power, and the Reds are forced to work and suffer for them, and made to see their displays of strength and power.

Mare Barrow, the protagonist, makes quite a strong impression. Stubborn, a strong hate for the Silvers {the Capitol}, a best friend {Gale} that she may or may not have feelings for, and a sister {Prim} who was more friendlier, more liked… Ringing a bell anywhere? This was the downside of the book for me – I found myself comparing characters and relationships so much. Though this is quite a big downside as it removes some originality from the book, I was able to overlook it because of my fondness for this genre. I liked the Silvers’ powers most of all – mind controlling, manipulating metal, immense strength, water shaping… It was entertaining and well explained.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

Then after a mysterious encounter, Mare finds herself amidst the people she hates most – the Silvers, and it all falls like dominoes. Her strange, unknown power gets discovered and it has to be hid with a web of lies as thick as anyone who can’t see the twist coming. Lies, deceit, betrayal is a common theme throughout the book. You have been warned.

Lastly, there was an absence of something – most likely character development.  As the book developed, the characters seemed to go along with the book instead of pausing and checking themselves, if that makes sense; the character development was all a bit wish-washy.

Though there were flaws in Red Queen, I still enjoyed reading it quite a lot. It was a dramatic, well-written fantasy.

★★★★

-C E L I N E

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