By: Victoria Aveyard
Released: February 10, 2015
Purchase the Book: Amazon
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... (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed Red Queen and finished this one rather quickly. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
Red Queen is the story of Mare who is a Red and lives in the Stilts. However, it is while she is working in the Silver Palace that she discovers she has a power much like the powers only the Silvers possess. The Silvers decide to keep her around and declare her a Silver princess.
Mare was a well developed character. Her whole life changes in a moment. She has to adjust to a whole new way of living and to her power. Speaking of her power, it is a really awesome one. Mare grows a lot during her time at the Palace though, but she still has so much to learn. One of my favorite things about her was how protective she is of her family and best friend Kilorn. The love for her brothers and sister came across so strongly. I especially loved the relationship she shared with Kilorn and how she has always been trying to rescue him.
Then there are Maven and Cal, the princes of the Silver Palace. Both brothers were really interesting characters. Mare has a complicated relationship with both of them and it only grows more complicated as the story progresses.
Red Queen had a great balance of drama, action, and romance. All of the lies and secrets at the Silver Palace made for a lot of drama. The world that Aveyard created is interesting and I did like learning all about the Reds and Silvers. However, at times I did feel like there was a lot of information about Mare's world and the characters being dropped on the reader. Luckily it didn't slow down the pacing of the story all that much. I still read this book within a day because I couldn't wait to see what would happen to these characters next. I did, however, also find that the ending was really predictable though. I still enjoyed the end, but it wasn't that big of a surprise to me.
Overall I really enjoyed Red Queen and I'm really excited for the next book in this series. I definitely recommend picking this one up. It was a great start to what will sure be an exciting series.