Book: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Date Published: February 10th, 2015
Date Started: December 25th, 2015
Date Finished: January 3rd, 2016
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 …
Theres no doubt that Red Queen was one of the most hyped up books of 2015 and I partially think it was due to the fact that it has a gorgeous cover. I had really high expectations for this book, but I feel like something was missing and there were times when the story was a bit predictable.
Let me start off by saying that this book had me sucked in. It was truly an enjoyable read. There were times when I wished the action would kick in, but the ending was an explosion of action with a cliffhanger that left me on the edge of my seat.
I did find parts of the book predictable, but I didn’t mind it so much. I knew what might happen but I didn’t know how it was going to all be revealed. Sometimes thats more exciting than finding out the final ending. On top of that, I felt like there was something missing from the descriptions of the worldbuilding. When I imagined the world in my head, it just didn’t seem complete. I can’t exactly pinpoint what was missing. I also had this burning question in my mind: why are there Reds and Silvers? I knew the difference, but I just wanted to know why. Maybe I needed more science. I also feel like this will be revealed in future books.
I liked the characters but I couldn’t stand behind them and some of their actions.There were some characters I couldn’t stand because they were so cruel. Aveyard did a good jon in creating villains. There was something about the Scarlet Guard that seemed off to me, but that changed towards the end when everything was revealed. At least I think that off feeling is mostly gone. As for Mare herself, I just couldn’t find her guilt to be believable. She seemed to be a little too okay with ending someone’s life for her cause. Which is fine, but those moments when she regretted her actions were short and fleeting which was why I couldn’t find those parts believable.
I did like the romance aspect. It wasn’t overbearing to the story, but that could still change yet.
I’m still kind of at odds with this book because there were parts that I didn’t like but I was still sucked into the book. It was definitely a book that was hyped, but I still found it enjoyable.