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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a good and interesting read.

Summery From Goodreads:
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.

I thought this book was a cool genre. It was kind of a sci-fi fantasy. It took place in a sci-fi kind of world where people had "superpowers". That made the book more interesting, because young adult fiction is overpopulated with sci fi and fantasy, so this was a change.

Mare was a good character. She was a girl who reminded me a lot of Katniss. She was a lower rank and wanted things to be fair. When she gets the opportunity to work in the Castle, she has to take it. No matter what, she is smart, and sensible.
Maven is the guy who Mare is engaged to. He is royalty, and quiet and gentle. I liked him a lot, especially at the end (hint hint!)
Cal, on the other hand, was the future king. He was loud, tough, and outspoken.

The plot twist in the end really took me by surprise. I never expected that to happen.

One of the major turnoffs of this book was the way the plot wasn't really unique. I felt like it was Divergent or Throne of Glass with the duels. Mare reminded me too much of Katniss from The Hunger Games, and the whole poor girl in the castle vibe reminded me of The Selection. I don't know if it is just the way I always will think of fantasy, but it annoyed me.

Overall, this is a decent book that leaves me wondering whether I should continue the series.

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