Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published February 10th 2015 by Orion
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. 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? (Goodreads)
So much hype surrounded this book. For some reason even with all the hype and all the excitement I had no desire to pick it up. I wanted to read it at some point and judge for myself if it was going to be the next big book, and it just so happened I received it back in March as part of my Uppercase subscription. I finally picked this up at the end of April and it took me 11 days to get through. I have seen reviewers rave about this book and I have seen those who think it’s just like so many other dystopians. I happen to be one of those who find many similarities between Red Queen and other young adult books I have read. I haven’t quite read as many dystopians as others so I can only image I would find more and more similarities.
I went into this book with the hopes that all the hype was real and that I would absolutely love it. Isn’t that how we go into any new book? I definitely do not begin with a this is gonna suck attitude. Red Queen follows Mare Barrow (a red blood) as she leaves her home of The Stilts and begins working as a servant in the Silver Palace. During an event surrounded by Silvers something strange happens and Mare displays some abilities that only silver bloods should have. The silver blood court immediately adopts a plan to present Mare as a long lost silver blood who was raised by red bloods. As the plans proceeds Mare is betrothed to one of the princes. This begins her journey a self discovery of her abilities, and the unbalance between the red and silver blood classes.
The characters were uninteresting other than maybe one side character. Although there was a love triangle, maybe a love square it never really fleshed out to be anything more. I was disappointed how that was handled. The setting could have been extremely unique, but it seemed so familiar and uninteresting. Basically it was reds live in the slums and the silvers live in high society. Sound familiar? Although there were some unexpected twists they made the story no more interesting. It wasn’t terrible, but it just wasn’t that good either. There were some good bits (the twists) but the love square with no finality really bothered me. There were some shocking bits I didn’t see coming and there were predictable bits, as usual. Overall I rated Red Queen 3 stars. At this point I am unsure if I will continue on in the series. I really felt this entire book felt like an introduction that could have been condensed. It’s safe to say I am not as happy about it as so many other readers were. Despite my feelings on the story the cover and the marketing were fabulous.