Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Page Count: 383 pages
Publication date: 10th February 2015
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 a bit torn on this one. While I absolutely loved the concept of a society divided by blood (and power) and a lead character who challenges all that, I’m not sure Mare (the lead character) was the most likeable or even the most relatable character in the world.
I had very high expectations for this book because of all the hype around it, but I’m not sure it delivered… Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good dystopian story but there were a couple of major flaws involved.
I mean, in the space of 12 hours (from early morning to dinner time) Mare goes through 3 (yes, THREE) major life-changing events! If any of those incidents had happened in any other book the main character would get at least a couple of weeks (in story time) to deal with all that! Yes, I get that the author was excited to get to the meaty part of the story as soon as possible, but I thought it was too much in the time frame they had.
Now, the characters were a bit hit or miss. Most were realistic and relatable, but there were a few that really got on my nerves. I think the worst was Farley, her ideals and behaviour in general are so childish! I mean, if she doesn’t like something (let’s say, the government for instance) she’ll make herself an army and try to destroy it. What?! What kind of revolution is that? Farley sounds more like an immature, spoilt child than a revolutionary leader, but that’s just my opinion…
But it’s not all bad news, there were some good bits as well! I loved the plot and the world that Victoria Aveyard built in this book. And that plot twist?! I was kind of expecting something like that to happen, but nothing as brutal as that! That was such a Game of Thrones moment!
MIND = BLOWN
So as you can see I have developed a love / hate relationship with this book. Haha! And for that reason I’m giving it a 3.5 (the plot twist alone bumped the score up by a whole point).
Have you ever read Red Queen? What did you think about it? Should I read the next book in the series (Glass Sword) or not?