Originally published: February 2015
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young adult fiction
Followed by: Glass Sword
Page count: 388
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 finished Red Queen in 3 days. I loved it a lot,Initially, as it was fast paced and thrilling. However as soon as Mare entered the royal palace, the story became predictive and boring with a very few parts as interesting. But it picked up in the last few chapters and things started happening and I enjoyed that. Over all it was good-ish book.
Character wise, the story didn’t impress me too much. Mare, the female protagonist (not a horse) was a selfish, brat version of Katniss Everdeen. She only cared about herself. In some situations I wished for her to show a little more emotions. The male protagonist, Cal was interesting .However I would have preferred a little bit more depth in his character. (I am hoping for it in the sequel).
One thing I’ve a huge complain for (reason for cutting out point) is the revolution. It was like children were pretending to be heroes. It was unintelligent and kiddish. I wish Aveyard had given us more about the revolution. It would have made it lot more ‘real’ and interesting.
Romance wise, there was a love square-ish triangle something. I’m not a huge fan of love stories with more than two people. BUT it was not an insta love so yah!
Red Queen was a good read with a few issues. The author herself said that she wrote it because she was under student debt. And I got this unpolished felling from her book. I’m sincerely hoping better from the sequel.