Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard
Publication: February 10th, 2015 by Harper Teen
Series: Red Queen #1
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
WORLD IS DIVIDED
those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own-- an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her onto the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard-the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart."
Red Queen is Victoria Aveyard's debut novel and I honestly had sky-high expectations for it. Sadly, those expectations were not really met. There was a TON of hype surrounding this book so that may have been part of the reason I was let down. The story was interesting but it wasn't anything special.
If The Selection, The Darkest Minds, and The Hunger Games had a baby, the result would be Red Queen. The idea that people are separated by blood and that Silvers have special powers and Reds don't is a unique concept that I was originally excited to read about but as the story progressed I found it to be something that has already been done.
But I don't have only negative things to say about Red Queen.
I really enjoyed Mare's character! She was strong and she knew what she wanted. She didn't rely on others and that was important in this world. Plus, she was pretty kick-a**. Mare has the power to control lightning, which, in my opinion, is one of the best powers out of all the other Silver powers. I love when you don't have to stress over characters because you know they can take care of themselves. Mare was definitely one of those characters which made her a thousand times more likable to me.
The two male leads, Cal and Maven, played very different roles and you never knew what to expect from either of them. They were both interesting characters but even at the beginning of the story I preferred Cal to Maven. While Maven "was more shy" Cal could be strong, independent, and he made his own decisions.
Though she isn't the focus the story, I definitely liked Evangeline's character. She wasn't particularly a good or bad guy she was just... a character that got caught up in the middle of things. I thought her powers were kick-a** because who wouldn't want to control metal? She was also a strong female character that I enjoyed having in the story (though she was at times a horrible person.)
The queen was absolutely horrible and I wanted to punch her repeatedly basically the entire story. I never quit got what her power was but from what I could tell she could read peoples minds/ go through their memories. Even though I strongly disliked her, she was definitely well-written because her character made me feel strong emotions.
Moving on from characters....
At some points I had a hard time picturing the world. There was some world building but not enough for me to get a good picture. I could imagine the Red village and the outside of a Silver town but I couldn't picture the castle, the stadium where the Silvers are showing off their powers, or smaller details like what Mare's room looked like or the Scarlet Guard underground tunnels. I would have definitely liked more world building towards the beginning of the book or more detailed observations from Mare's perspective.
While the story wasn't slow paced, it definitely wasn't fast paced either. There wasn't a whole lot of things that happened until about the last 50 pages when the story picked up the pace... a lot. I knew there was a plot twist but I definitely didn't expect it to be what it was. It took me by surprise and I loved it! (The plot twist definitely bumped up my rating.)
Though I didn't LOVE Red Queen I'm definitely still excited to see what happens next!
I would recommend Red Queen to anyone who enjoys the Darkest Minds or The Hunger Games.
What were your feelings on Red Queen? Did you hate it? Love It?
Let me know and thanks for reading :)