Book Chat: Red Queen
AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy/Dystopian
DATE PUBLISHED: February 12th, 2015
SERIES: Red Queen #1
COPY THAT I OWN: Paperback
PAGES: 383 pages
MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
Hello bookworms, I’m here today to share with you my spoiler-free review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, The Selection, Graceling and Divergent, you will enjoy this book! There are elements of these books within the story which some comment that it makes it seem un-original, but I liked it. So without further delay, let’s discuss my thoughts, shall we?
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:
There was quite a lot of things that I liked about this book which is why it has received 4 out of 5 stars. It was an incredibly fun, awesome book, and here’s some reasons why.
The World → I loved the world that Victoria Aveyard has created in Red Queen. A society split by blood – people who have red blood are the commoners, the peasants, who are treated like dirt and slaves by those with silver blood, who are the people who consider themselves superior and rule due to their inheritance of magical abilities through their blood. It’s awesome and I can’t wait to see more world building as the series continues.
The Writing Style → Aveyard’s writing style was simple, but at the same time beautiful. I could engage with the story and with the characters easily and deeply and her writing got me hooked from the start. Overall, her writing style was really enjoyable to read and didn’t bore me at all. Although, there were some aspects within her writing which got on my nerves, which I will elaborate on a bit later.
The Plot → The plot was the highlight of this book. It was full of suspicion, action, drama, anticipation. I didn’t know what was going to happen next. The story had me wondering constantly who I should trust, as it warns early on that “anyone can betray anyone”. In turn, I tried to remain pretty neutral with all the characters, to find out who was the bad guy, but in the end, I was thrown off the cliff as the plot twist shocked me. The plot twists were crazy and awesome at the end of the story and the way that it ended has me itching for the next one!
The Characters → I liked the characters. Mare was an awesome female protagonist. I liked that she was a thief, I like it when girls take on awesome, badass roles such as Mare’s. Then, there was her magical ability – which is pretty much non-existent for red bloods, yet she has it, and she has no idea why – is awesome. I won’t tell you her ability, that would be spoilers. But overall, Mare as a character was one I liked, despite some of her traits. Cal, the older prince of the kingdom, a silver blood. He was a character who I thought was charming when he was first introduced. The story made me block out how I felt towards him, but I think secretly, I was rooting for him. He has an air of mystery to his character, he is charming and noble and edgy and I like that about him. Then there’s Maven, the younger prince. At first, I didn’t care for him. But then, as Mare started to grow fond of him, I basically experienced how Mare was feeling. I genuinely liked him which added to the awesomeness of the plot twist – I’ll stop now, before I start to gush.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
There was not much I didn’t like, however, there were some slight things that got on my nerves in the book, such as…
Repetition → This was especially evident in the early stages of the book where many phrases of words people spoke, along with facial expressions, were used repeatedly in different moments of the book. It got very tedious. The smirking expression was used a lot, and sometimes it got me thinking, “that doesn’t even make sense”. However, this started to fade away as the book progressed.
Love Rectangle → There was a kind-of love rectangle within this book. I didn’t particularly like it. The reason why I didn’t like it, first of all, is because it seemed like it all happened so fast. Mare’s feelings seemed to move fast for the boys and there was no proper development. I also couldn’t distinguish between who Mare felt most strongly about. When she was with one of the boys, it would seem like he’s the one that she truly cares about, but then when she’s with the other, it’s the same. It lacked a lot of flavour and depth which I would hope to see more of maybe, in the next book.