Jess’ Reviews: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard April 18, 2016 – Posted in: Books, Review – Tags: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
‘‘You are not Silver. Your parents are Red, you are Red, and your blood is red,’’ the queen murmurs, prowling before the bars of my cage. ‘‘You are a miracle, Mare Barrow, an impossibility. Something even I can’t understand, and I have seen all of you.’’
Although this book was released in February last year, the sequel was released this month, so I thought this would be a great time to introduce you to Victoria Aveyard’s “Red Queen” (not to be confused with Isobelle Carmody’s latest release of the same name).
” Red Queen” is the first book in what I suppose will be a trilogy. It follows the story of Mare Barrow a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts who lives in a world that is divided by the colour of your blood – red or silver. Reds are the hard-working, down-trodden labourers, while the Silvers are the elite, the aristocracy, and also possess deadly powers.
Mare 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 …
This book is a futuristic, dystopian young adult fiction with an absolutely exhilarating mix of action, romance, heart-breaking betrayal and imbalances of power. Throughout the story, I was enamoured by the constant shifts of power between the Silver aristocracy, those Silver characters biding their time in the background and the down-trodden Red class, fighting for their own power inch by inch.
Red Queen is a strong debut, a fast read. It is almost everything I could ever ask for in a book. We have a sassy, determined thief protagonist, princes, kissing, plenty of swooning, superpowers, complex villains and plot twists that you won’t ever see coming.
You can find both “Red Queen” and its sequel, “Glass Sword” in store now.