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Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by
Series: Red Queen #1
Publication Date:February 10, 2015
Publisher: Orion
A Young Adult novel
Genre: Dystopia • Romance
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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?
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

It's all fun and games until someone starts bleeding silver.

I was wary of Red Queen. I thought publishers were pushing it too much and there was no way that it would ever be able to live up to all the hype, that it was going to be a disappointment.

I was totally wrong. Red Queen is utterly amazing.

While the book doesn't really pick up until about 15%  of the way into the story, Red Queen has an interesting world, which is insanely detailed and completely understandable, an awesome magical element that will drive your imagination wild, deep plot that constantly throws curve balls and beautifully full characters that will completely shock you. These characters were possibly my favorite part of the entire book (aside from the super cool variety of magical powers). Some side characters completely blew my mind with how deep they were, particularly Cal, who had a lot more to him than an average hero. I loved reading about him and it's my vain hope that the next book will have some of his point of view.

Not to say that Mare, our main character, isn't great; she's witty, brave, noble and a little naive, a tad bloodthirsty (okay, more than a tad) and, best of all, Mare is a selfish for her cause.This all gives her the necessary tools to move the plot along, so we never have to rely on a side character to carry the burden of the scene. Honestly, there wasn't really a point in this book where I was screaming at Mare not to do something really stupid. Everything was very thought-out and made sense, which makes the climax more powerful because the reader is along for the ride.

While I am giving this book five targets, there was one problem I had: Red Queen missed an opportunity to do something in our world. This book could have reflected on the problems of our reality, problems of class distinction and race, and Red Queen completely fell flat.  While Red Queen was a great book, don't pick up this book with any hope for another Hunger Games. Red Queen is completely focused on it's own world, not ours. Not to say there isn't layers to this book, there is, but I can't say anything without major spoilers, but this book has the kind of depth college papers get written about at 3 am. It's great, but there could have been more. This book could have caused the change the characters beg for, and it just never comes out.

 Regardless, if you are coming down from a Hunger Games high, looking for something to hold you over until House of Cards starts a new season, or dying for a book with action, romance, magic, family, backstabbing and bloodshed, I highly recommend Red Queen for your reading pleasure.

Five Targets, and not a drop of red blood spilled