Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the first book in a YA Fantasy series full of war and social injustice and one girl’s struggle to crumble in all down.
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“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.”
This book really drew me in!
We are introduced into this war-torn world whose society focuses on the divide between the Reds and the Silvers. Pretty much the color of your blood determines if you are in the higher social class (the Silvers) or the poorer lower class (the Reds).
But a rebellion is knocking on their kingdom’s door wanting to rip the barrier down and restore equality throughout the lands.
And one girl may just become the center of their cause, wrecking havoc amongst the royals..
Overall, it was an enjoyable read featuring a ton of political intrigue along with action-packed scenes and continual betrayal. If you enjoy rebellion stories, this book will be right up your alley.
I am pretty on edge about the main character. Her personality isn’t exactly who I relate to the most. The internal struggle she faces is definitely a huge driving factor in the plot, so it will be interesting to see how it further develops in the series.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star read. There were a few times I felt myself kind of glossing over a page or two and there was so much betrayal in this plot that it started to feel a little redundant.
It still is a rather complex world, and I can see that there is going to be a lot of moving parts as the series progresses!
Published: 10 February 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Hardcover
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