Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Genres: Fantasy/high fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 400 (Hardback)
Buy: Red Queen
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 . . .
OH.MY.GOD This book is perfection! Yes it took me a while to get into but that was no fault of the book. I was in a reading slump and this book got me out of it. You may find that every book review (except Fangirl) that I have done on my blog is a Fantasy book, so no surprise to anyone reading that my favourite genre is Fantasy. This year I found that, more specifically my favourite genre is High Fantasy. For example, already this year I have discovered The Queen of the Tearling, Winner’s Curse and Winner’s Crime, The Sin Eater’s Daughter and Red Queen. Every one of these books have made it to the top of my list, and not just for 2015 (and I have read a lot of books) So to say the least Red Queen is ranked pretty high in my books. Anyway, enough of the babbling and lets get to the review..
The plot, characters, descriptions etc. everything just drew me in. She lives in a world divided – Red vs. Silver. But unlike our history it is not the color of your skin that matters, it’s the color of your blood. Silvers are “advanced;” they possess special abilities. They have different names based on those abilities and based on this, depends on their station within society. Reds are considered simple folk who are nothing more than servant material. Mare’s brothers have been conscripted and when she turns 18, she too will be conscripted. Until then, she is a street thief, providing for her family the only way she knows how and she is skilled at it. But one night she tries to pick- pocket the wrong person.
Cal is the Prince, heir to the silver throne but fortunately for Mare he doesn’t punish her, he does quite the opposite. He gets her a job as a servant. She is introduced to a life full of love, betrayal, and she gets to see how decisions she makes really can make a difference. Her new status as the second Prince’s (Maven) betrothed she has insightful information to help the Scarlet Guard (a militant resistance group)
Mare, a girl who happens to be a Red, can harness lightening and electricity which begins a remarkable lie. The royalty can’t have a Red with abilities, because it might give the Red’s hope. Also this damages the perception of how Silvers rule and that they might not be the only ones with power. To keep her under control, she is forced to marry Prince Maven and if she slips up on their lie about her being a Silver she will be sentenced to death by the vicious Queen. PLOT TWIST ALERT! Betrayals are a big part of this book, can’t go into any detail but some advice I have picked up from this book is “Anyone can betray anyone.”
As a reader, I normally can’t stand love triangles. However, I think the author did a good job of making the triangle believable and it wasn’t cringey. Mare wasn’t “Oh, which one should I choose?”
You have the two princes, Cal and Maven each having their own viewpoint and strong views of their own and how society should be or what they hope to accomplish when and if they become King. You could actually believe that Mare could love either of them.
Mare shares the same beliefs as Maven, He tells Mare he doesn’t agree with this inequality between the Reds and Silvers but he won’t get chance to change this because his brother Cal will be King. This is another thing that connects Mare to Maven, she sympathises with him because he feels he is always a shadow, second best to Cal. Mare can relate to this because it’s how she felt with her younger sister, Gisa.
Whereas, Cal is strong and brave and extremely nice. (Not to mention very attractive) Also, she met him first (as immature as that sounds) she feels comfortable with him, before she met him she hated all Silvers. I think she only really liked Cal all the way through the book.
Can you guess who my favourite is? Cal is 100% the best of the two!
Now that I think of it, Kilorn (her best friend) may have had some feelings for her too, maybe even loved her but I’m not sure if that’s in a sisterly way..
Who is your favourite? Cal or Maven?
Overly excited for the sequel, I need to see what happens next!