Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian
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The world is divided by Red and Silver blood. Reds are overseen and overpowered by Silvers. Mare Barrow has grown up as a Red in the poverty-stricken Stilts. She has known nothing more than a life of hardship. Nearing the age of 18, she must soon acquire work or be forced to enter war. Unfortunately, Mare seems to lack any talent the Silvers deem worthy of use. Jobless, she has spent her days running the streets and pick pocketing.
One night, after an unusual encounter with a man at a tavern, Mare finds herself summoned to the castle to work as a servant at the Silver Palace. While serving during the Queenstrial(an event where the young silver women compete for the prince’s hand) Mare accidentally discovers that she is no ordinary girl. She has powers far beyond her own imagination. Powers that could disrupt the entire balance between Reds and Silvers.
Terrified of this young Red with deadly powers, the Royal family makes the decision to take Mare in and hide this secret that could destroy everything they have built. It is here where Mare must make the choice of how she will use these powers, and she soon enters a world full of hate, lies, and deceit.
My first thoughts when I picked up Red Queen were actually a bit hesitant. I have honestly read many mixed reviews and had concern that it would feel too familiar, but the beautiful cover and curiosity won me over.
The main heroine Mare Barrow is as beautiful as she is simple when we first meet her. She is easily relatable because we have all felt like we just don’t belong at one point or another. Yet, I immediately picked up a sense of strength and drive in Mare that painted her in this beautiful light as we learn how far she is willing to go for her family and her childhood friend Kilorn. The author has done a fantastic job of creating just enough character development to leave you constantly wondering if you are actually on the right side. What do I do? Who do I believe? You will find yourself feeling betrayed and confused at times. I promise.
“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”
Victoria Aveyard has created a fantastically divided world that evokes so many emotions. The constant struggle of the Reds versus the ruling Silvers is the perfect setting for a scene of power struggles, betrayal, lies and hints of romance. I was on the edge of my seat during this novel. Every page had me second guessing my predrawn conclusions.
Red Queen has rightfully earned a spot among my favorite YA and Fantasy reads. I am already eyeballing Glass Sword as I type this review. The anticipation is killing me! If you enjoy fantasy with a touch of historical fiction, read this! I would also personally recommend this title to fans who enjoy dystopian reads such as The Hunger Games.
I have officially joined this fandom