Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

–review by Bronto Incognito

red-queenAge: Young Adult
Series: 1 of 3
Contains: Violence, murder, death

Anyone can betray anyone.

Book-a-likes: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

 

In the world of Red Queen the masses have been divided into two categories: those with red blood and those with silver.  The Silvers rule with a host of crazy powers from the superhuman strength of the Strongarms to the flesh-changing abilities of the Stoneskins.  The Reds, meanwhile, are of course forced to live in servitude to those who rule over them.

Mare is a Red with a large family, half of whom have been conscripted into military service.  Her best friend Kilorn is most likely in love with her, and when she runs into Prince Cal in disguise it’s pretty clear he’s going to fall for her, too.

Through a twist of Hunger-Games-like events, it’s revealed to the world that Mare has electric powers just like the Silvers do.  But no way do the Silver rulers want anyone finding this out, so they force Mare into hiding her true identity and engage her to Cal’s half-brother, Maven.  Who also seems to be developing a thing for Mare…

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Also within a couple of chapters someone lets out a breath they didn’t know they were holding and someone else smiles, but of course it doesn’t reach their eyes…

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This book reminded me a lot of Falling Kingdoms.  In both books I loved the writing, the world, and the originality of the plot twists.  You definitely were not able to plot out everything that was going to happen to these characters.

At the same time I kind of hate Mare.

Well, maybe hate is a strong word.  I dislike her.  She’s pretty dang judgemental of other people’s choices, considering the questionable moral decisions she seems so ready to make after joining up with the Red rebellion.  And she makes some choices that are really hard to get behind, which isn’t the worst thing in the world from a character, but it makes it harder to cheer her on.

Overall I’d give this one about a 3.5.  The audiobook was well done, so no complaints there.  Though I will complain about this:

This is a relatively new series.  As of me writing this the 3rd book has not yet released.  It’s about to, but not yet.  And while scrolling through Facebook the other day an ad pops up about a contest to win all 3 books in hardcover, which is nice and all, except…  NOT EVERYONE HAS READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS YET.  So you cannot do an ad saying, “What do you think about this big plot twist???  Are you in favor of it or not???”  I mean COME ON!!!!!  I was 2/3 of the way through book 1!  I had no idea that that thing was going to happen.  And it would have been a decent plot twist, too, but you know…spoilers….

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So have any of you read book 2?  Is it worth the investment to continue, or should I move on to other things?  Please let me know!!!!

–Bronto Incognito

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