So you know when you’re looking for THE book to fulfil all your book cravings? But you are literally about to have a mental breakdown owing to the last ten books having been the same repetitive star-crossed lovers plot line with the same predictable ending.
Red Queen takes place in a world where people are divided on the colour of their blood. The Silver blooded possess supernatural powers and are considered Gods. The Red blooded are treated like slaves, inferior to their silver brethren and easily disposed of.
Mare is a 17-year-old Red girl who possess abilities which even the Silvers fear, abilities which could be the turning point to an entirely different world.
I really enjoyed this book. There was never a moment where I felt the plot went off on a tangent. The author kept me on my toes throughout the story and I was a part of a meaningful journey. The main characters were well thought out, each character could be identified individually through the narrative. Having distinct traits; Cal is a warrior he isn’t a manipulator of words unlike his brother Maven. Mare is fast, a thief and she is naive, she thinks she can trick others but in reality she is being fooled. Red Queen is like a game of chess: you use the pawns (characters) to break down the first line of defence (silver and red war) and then you come to realise that some pawns are more crucial than others.
The world created by Victoria Aveyard is vivid, the tall houses, the rising river in the summer, the sparkling diamond glass that hides and shows a manipulated reality, a deceptive material which is indestructible. This glass is a reflection of what Mare must be after she is discovered to be a Silver with Red blood as Mare says:
“They pulled me inside out, swiping Mare for Marina, a thief for a crown, rags for silk, Red for Silver.”
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Fantasy / YA
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