Title: Red Queen
Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Magic
February 10th, 2015
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…
Hands down this is one of my favorite reads this year — I devoured this book in less than two days. If I did not have to actually work while I was at work it would have been finished in one day!
Have I read similar books? Absolutely. However, I understand that coming up with a completely brand new concept can be extremely difficult. Other than noticing similarities with other books while reading, I really loved the main idea of the story. I also liked the main and supporting characters — each character had a unique personality that meshed well with the overall story. Mare, who is a strong female character, has imperfections which makes me love her as a character even more. Were there times I wanted to smack her upside the head? Of course! Have I wanted to do that to my own friends or even myself on occasion? Well, yes. It goes to show that she has flaws. Her actions and thoughts are believable. Throughout the book I was so conflicted on who I was rooting for — Cal or Maven. I knew something felt off but I could not quite put my finger on what because it could have gone so many different ways. The only thing I wish that was more detailed was the world building. There were a few times that I got so lost in the action that I was not really sure what the setting looked like.
Red Queen really has it all: suspense, mystery, action, romance, insane plot twists, and more.