The poverty stricken Reds are
commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl
from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the
Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly
discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.
One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in
this world divided by blood, who will win?
I love the premise of Red Queen.I love the idea of a world where
people had powers. While it may have
been something that I had seen and read before, I thought that the way she did
it was different and original. Like any
good fantasy series, I feel like this book was a setup for the rest of the
books in the series. I ADORED Red
Queen, even if I didn't really know where she was going with it sometimes. In Red Queen, Mare is thrown into this world
of silvers that she is not familiar with.
There are lies, secrets, deception and rebellions. All in a palace setting. I really enjoyed this aspect of Red Queen,
because I am always ready for some court intrigue.
There is such a wide cast of characters in Red Queen.The main
character, Mare is strong-willed and sassy and I LOVE her. Even though she frustrated me at times and
made me go "NO MARE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??" I liked Cal from the beginning, and even
though Mare at times questioned whether Cal was a "good guy", I
always knew that he was. Maven is an
intriguing character. When reading this
book, I felt that he was kind of sketchy.
The way he became so close to Mare so soon, and the way he tried to
influence her thoughts about Cal and her actions. And of course, as in any fantasy series - we
have to have the villains! As this book
progressed, we got to see more and more of how evil Elara really is. Red Queen is a book that has an abundance of
villains, and it just adds so much to the story. I, for one, am for villains. That being said, the villains in this book
were horrible and backstabbing and evil.
But that just made it all the more interesting.
In Red Queen, we have a fantasy world that feels dystopian.Red Queen is a fantasy book. However, there were things throughout the
story that had a dystopian vibe. We have
the "government" or Silvers, who rule over everyone else because they
think that they are superior. Then, we
have the common people, the reds, who are basically treated like dirt. This is where a rebellion comes into
play. In Red Queen, we have a rebel
group, The Scarlet Guard. I had mixed feelings
about The Scarlet Guard. There were so
many times when I wished that they would just go away and stop interfering with
Mare's mission. However, by the end of
the book, I did appreciate what they were trying to do. The people are being oppressed. The royal family is evil. The rebels are supposed to be the good
guys. I think that it is a testament to
Victoria Aveyard's writing that she could make me root against the rebels. Who were, technically, trying to do what was
right. One of the things I loved the
most about this book is that nothing was black and white. There were no clear "good guys" or
"bad guys". There were no
right or wrong decisions. There were
just choices. Everything was gray.
One of the things about Red Queen that I really
liked was that it focused on the plot and what Mare was going through instead
of just throwing in romance for the sake of having romance. There
was a lot going on in this book. Mare
was going through so many crazy things that she'd never experienced
before. She was in a very treacherous
situation. And I really appreciate that
Victoria Aveyard recognized that and didn't put in romance. With all of the things Mare was going
through, Mare didn't have time for a romantic relationship with anyone. Had she added a whole romance subplot, it would
have felt unnatural. While there is a
scene that has mild romance, it wasn't a part of the story. Mare spent zero time thinking about
boyfriends or whether she liked this guy over that guy. It was very refreshing. I feel like in YA you can't even read a book
that just focuses on the main character and plot and doesn't have a huge
Overall, Red Queen surprised me - in a good way.I have no doubt that Red Queen will become
one of my favorite fantasy series.I am
already eagerly anticipating Victoria Aveyard's sequel.I would recommend this to anyone who likes
fantasy or dystopian.Or anyone who
enjoys reading strong female characters.But, most of all, to anyone who likes having their mind blown.At the end of this book, there was a huge
plot twist and it was glorious.It
changes everything you had thought you knew about the characters and just turns
it upside down.I applaud Victoria
Aveyard for doing that and taking that big step, because it was worth it!