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?
“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”
– Victoria Aveyard | Red Queen
I find myself giving this one a very hesitant number of stars. Purely because I felt Red Queen was a great introduction to a new series which I’m sure will grow better with each instalment, but at the same time I didn’t feel as though I truly loved this one.
The world of Red Queen is divided into those who have silver blood (upper class including nobility and royals) and those with red blood (pretty much your run of the mill slaves). Those with silver blood also possess unique powers that can range from mind manipulation to overpowering the elements. Our main character Mare finds herself entrapped in the world of silvers, betrothed to the spare heir, after she discovers she has powers of her own. Which is completely impossible since she bleeds red.
There is also a war going on, which will probably get better explained in the future, over land…what else. But there is also a rebel rising that is trying to overthrow the silvers and provide equal rights for reds. Or just to put reds in power…who really knows.
This one is filled with mystery and intrigue, violent ends and hopeless romantics. For me, I needed more. And not in the sense that I am now anxiously awaiting the next novel but more that I felt as though certain events happened too quickly and before I could wrap my head around them I was questioning another thing that had just happened.
I didn’t find Mare to be a particularly strong main character. Although you initially believe she is a strong willed individual it becomes pretty clear that she is able to be easily manipulated. Granted she is a young girl who believes in a future that appears to be not only quickly but simply attained…but it never is that easy. Which is why she was so easily swayed to do the bidding of a guy who wanted the same thing. You know every body needs a partner when their committing acts of treason. Alas, mare became easily manipulated by the rebels and easily manipulated by the royals…and she didn’t see it. Well at least until the end when you as a reader feel like she’ll make some of her own decisions from now on. Which in all honesty it was probably needed for character growth for her to grow some lady cahoonas and develop into someone who can actually be the face of the rebellion and play a major role in it.
I did admire that Mare wasn’t betrothed to one of her love interests. That it wasn’t ‘that easy’ to fall in ‘love’ when you’re put into a situation that is rather crappy and will most likely cause your death. That you and your new betrothed don’t realise that your love can conquer over all, including the thousands that are dying everyday.
Although the world at times seemed a bit jumbled, especially in regards to this war and trying to remember all of the houses and their powers, I do admire Aveyards creativity. I liked that we were able to experience a glimpse of the world outside of Mares, when she was travelling down the river to the capital. It made everything seem a whole lot more serious, realising that Mare’s town isn’t the only one affected by silver rule.
Of course I liked Cal. And it was incredibly refreshing to have a love interest that wasn’t onboard with their loony loves ambitious plans to overthrow the king and make the world all happy sappy and rainbows. Although he took a rather negative standpoint, at leasts his reasons were justified because he had the experience to know what would truly happen if the reds did come into power.
The powers in this one were pretty cool, and when given to richly described characters the story does seem to lift of the page. I enjoyed coming back to this one, was suffering from major book withdrawals…no. Though of course it was nice to read a novel that intrigued me and was just an easy read.
Have you read this one?
What did you think?