Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Red Queen (#1 of 3) by Victoria Aveyard

Published Year: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

Anyone can betray anyone.

"The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule 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.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre 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.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?"

Tell me that isn't the most gorgeous cover you've ever seen. This book was on my list of most anticipated books, but I mean I probably would've eventually picked it up just for the cover, because it's amazing and I'm in love.

Red Queen is the first book in a dystopian trilogy, and I'm only upset about the fact that since this was just released the other two haven't even been written yet. It makes me want to cry. I don't want to wait. Ugh. Help. I need them now. In typical dystopian fashion, the main character Mare is part of the masses but is thrust into the spotlight because she's different, special, unique.

So I did like the heroine, Mare. I went through ups where I completely understood her and downs where I was screaming at my kindle for her to realize the truth. Mare was morally ambiguous for awhile throughout the novel, which is truly refreshing. She was doing what she thought was right, but how do you know until it's too late if you were actually right? I liked that she realistically didn't have all the answers and didn't know exactly what to do all the time. She stumbled around, made some mistakes, and I like her more for that.

VA wrote wonderfully flawed characters in general. None of them are perfect and their flaws are on display for everyone. They're human and they're real (la-la-la I can't hear you, I think they're real la-la-la). Well, did I mention they have abilities? Yeah. These characters have abilities (I'm in denial that real humans can't control fire, etc. don't judge me). My only complaint with the characters is there weren't many good strong, secondary female characters. If they were strong, they were ruthless. If they were kind and good, they died. Basically. There is a point to showing that it's hard to be powerful and good, but still. I would've appreciated a good female character. Who knows? Maybe book two will flesh out some of the minor characters and satisfy this for me.

I'm realizing it's extremely difficult to talk about the plot without spoiling anything. I appreciated the pace of the first half of the book, but it did drag a little in the middle (hence the screaming at the kindle mentioned above), and then picked back up and ended on a heck of a cliffhanger (hence the aforementioned need for the next books). Anyway, unlike other dystopians, VA doesn't start with the liberation movement, she shows us court. She shows us that even the elite are playing a dangerous game, it's just different from the liberation. I really enjoyed this deviation from other novels in this genre.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book and I am eagerly awaiting books 2 and 3 (in the waiting for the titles and release dates stage...)

4 out of 5 stars.

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So this was just published on Tuesday, so unfortunately it has not hit the fan yet in terms of a fanbase (that I could discover, but really, I'm sure it will come because this book is awesome). Send me things if you find them!

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