Red Queen

Posted April 29, 2016 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Red Queen #1
Victoria Aveyard
HarperCollins Publishers

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until 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 ...

Wow! That’s about all I can say after finishing this amazing book. Fantasy and dystopian combined made for one incredible story. I felt as though I was plunged in the middle of Divergent and Game of Thrones. There were so many twists and turns and the deceptions just got deeper and deeper. Mare took a bit to grow on me, but I quickly found myself inside of her head, feeling everything she was going through, I empathized with her, I held my breath when she was in danger, I felt afraid and sad for her when she was alone. I also found myself questioning everyone and everything around her.

“Anyone can betray anyone”

There is a bit of a love triangle, but it is not a typical one. It has purpose and is a pivotal plot point. I found myself just as torn as Mare was. Not only by her romantic interests, but also by every word that is spoken to her. She is really in a world where she cannot trust anything, even things she sees with her own eyes. Mare is also not our typical heroine. She is plunged into this world. She did not want the limelight; she did not want to be a savior. She didn’t want any of the things she is forced into except to save her family.

The world building was also fantastic. The author lays out a society in which you truly have no way to change your situation. You simply are what you are born into. Silvers are gods, kings, and queens, untouchable. Reds are less than nothing, disposable and incapable of escaping that life. If you’re really lucky you may have some small skill that will keep you from marching off to your death.

There are many plot twists throughout the story, as everyone has their own agenda, and everyone is lying to someone. But holy crap that last 25% of the book was absolutely mind blowing! I completely did not see it coming! I cannot wait to start the next book in this series. I need more! I need answers!

5 stars! Enjoy!

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