Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 383 pages, Ebook
Published: February 12th, 2015 by Orion
This book was definitely an enjoyable ride although predictable. But I enjoyed the action parts and the world building intrigued me very much.
Mare Barrow is a Red, a lesser being whereas each of the Silvers possesses a deadly power of their own. The Reds are treated pretty badly and when Mare tries to escape from being sent to the war, she instead ends up being a servant of the Silver palace. But pretty soon the cards alter when Mare realizes she is as powerful as the Silvers. She is dragged into the middle of the dirty politics of the Silver where she is forced to play her part. Will Mare survive this challenge or is it something she never ever dreamt in her worst nightmare?
(Seeee, my kind of synopsis are getting better…. or weirder!)
I definitely enjoyed the plot of Red Queen. I loved the concept of the society divided into the Reds and the Silvers, whereas the Reds have no powers and the Silvers maintain a hand over the rest of the population due to their special powers. Even though the plot was quite enjoyable, I felt there was something missing. Also, this book was quite predictable and hence it didn’t manage to surprise me due to which it kinda lost its appeal. But I absolutely enjoyed the world-building.
Now the characters! I have mixed feelings about Mare, although I did like her but sometimes she was too naive for her own good. Also, I definitely wanted some more character development. And next, comes the boy drama… *sighs* There are 3 btw!! She is betrothed to Maven but she has feelings for her older brother Cal whereas there’s the other guy Kilorn in her village whom she maybe liked? (I forgot! I read this back in August!!) So basically I have mixed feelings about everybody! I did like Cal more than the others, if it counts for something. I felt he was more understanding and caring than the others but for the love of Medusa (I soo don’t know why I said that!) I don’t know why he felt the need to stay away despite his feelings towards Mare.
I liked the romance between Mare and Cal but I wanted more. Here’s to hoping more of everything in the rest of this series. I just hope the love triangle doesn’t expand to polygonal or hexagonal!! I think… kind of liked Mare’s family and the mystery surrounding her missing brother. Although I am definitely interested in knowing what happens next, I am not quite in a hurry to read Glass Sword.
Overall, Red Queen was an enjoyable read. The plot was executed well but it was predictable. I liked the characters but I wanted more character growth. I definitely liked the action part of this book, it was quite engaging. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced.
Soo guys have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? Loved it or was it meh? Share your thoughts with me!