Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
My Rating: 5/5
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.
Ok, so I’m getting ahead of myself.
I loooovvvveeedd this book! I had heard many good things about it, and it had been on my extensive TBR list for quite some time. It got bumped up my list due to Victoria Aveyard being a guest at Melbourne Supanova back in April (yes this review is late, this I know). So I made it my mission to at least finished the first book before I met her. (She is so lovely btw.)
It sucked me in from the first page. I loved Mare from the minute I met her, I mean, she has her moments when she is straight up annoying, but who isn’t? When we meet her she is a strong and determined girl, but also cynical and disillusioned with the way the world works. Mare is a Red, the lower class who basically exist to serve the upper crust elite, the Silvers. Who, of course have mutated powers, giving me some serious X-Men vibes. Upon discovering her own deadly power, she is whisked away and claimed as a lost princess to hide the truth. Nestled among people who are enemies of her people, Mare joins the Scarlet Guard, ensuring her certain death should her game be discovered.
So let the games begin.
There were so many great characters in this book. There was one character that I absolutely adored from the very beginning and they quickly became my absolute favorite. So imagine my utter heartbreak when this character turned around and committed the most epic of betrayals. Like, not a ‘teeny weeny, slap on the wrist and I’ll forgive you’ betrayal. I mean a ‘I had to put the book down and walk away for about ten minutes cause I was in so much shock’ kind of betrayal!
It was a great moment in the book because never in a million years did I see it coming and I always love it when I can’t predict whats coming.
And this was only one of many plot twists. Twist after twist had my head spinning and this is only the first book!
The book is interesting and intriguing all the the way through, and felt like a mix between X-men and Hunger Games. The last few chapters definitely got my heart racing. Obviously the story was building towards something big and I was not disappointed.
Bring on book two!