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…
Lies, deceptions, and betrayals stirs in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. Others describe this as Graceling meets The Selection, well no, more like X-men because of the ‘ability’ the Silvers has and the mutation. But not The Selection, I won’t associate the Red Queen with it but more with Struck because of ‘the little lightning girl” part. So for me, it’ll be X-men meets Struck plus the Hunger Games feels (revolution needs a spark… whoa! Katniss?), but enough of that. Let’s talk about the book.
So the world is divided between the Reds and the Silvers, Reds as the normal humans, living the low life who bleeds red blood and Silvers as the mutated humans, the monarchs who bleeds silver blood. And our protagonist, Mare Barrow, is a Red who happens to stumble in the world of Silvers because of the help that is given to her by Cal (SPOILER! actually a prince but she doesn’t know it then, not until the Queenstrial at The Hall of Sun), that is when her life started to stir in the different direction after discovering her ability after an accident that happened to her at the Queenstrial. And to hide what she really is, a Red with an ability like a Silver, they made her pretend to be a Silver and engage her with the second prince, Maven. And that’s when all the lies and deception started.
I love the book! The writing is so wonderful so as the world though it took me three chapter to get a good grasp and picture of the world. The characters are so well develop, you think you know who really is who but then there this new characteristic used to describe the character that you couldn’t just decide if he or she is an enemy or an ally. I was promised to witness a betrayal in this book and I got it! Even though I already saw it coming, it still pains me to see it firsthand. I even end up clutching my head in one hand and my chest in the other, that betrayal really did freaking hurt. I would say the book is perfect but the romance is just not that good, I don’t very much feel it. Maybe it because of the so much display of power and lies and deception and self discovery that I didn’t put my attention much i the romance. Also the queen is a total manipulating, cunning witch, I hate her so much. And that’s how I know that Victoria Aveyard has created her characters well
But all in all, Red Queen is one amazingly awesome and wonderfully written book that one you start reading it there’d be no stopping because of the anticipation for the next events. It make you wanna abandon your chores or whatever it is that you’re doing just to get to the end of the story. And I also love Mare! Go Red and Silver!
I can’t wait for the next book!
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