Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
My Rating: ****1/2
Type: 4 book series. Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Narration: Single limited third POV
Primary Characters: Mare Barrow, Maven, Cal
I wanted to explore more in the fantasy genre. I picked this book only because it was popular and I didn’t know much about this genre to choose. By looking at the name of the book I thought its historic dystopian society fantasy however I was surprised to see cars, guns, high speed underground trains, cameras etc.
In this book, the author has created her world. It was relatively easy to get immersed into the story. Mare Barrow is seventeen and will soon be conscripted. There are two bloods. Red and Silver. Red bloods are common ordinary folks, whereas silver have super strength and extra talent/power. Silvers Rule world. Mare is a common folk with Red blood. To save herself and her war orphan friend, Kilorn, from conscription, Mare is pickpocketing in the small city of Summerton.
Mare meets Cal in a compromising situation and later learns that he is the crown prince, set to marry another Silver girl, but that surprise is superseded by Mare’s discovery that she possesses lightning talents that no Red has exhibited before. Court covers up her talent and Mare gets caught in the between power and politics. In this process she gets engaged with Maven, who is Cal’s younger brother and other prince.
There is a society without equality. It’s a dangerous tower, begging to topple over. As a Red with a Silver aptitude, Mare is dropped into a dangerous territory. It is a political desire of others that keeps her alive. Alliances are won and bought. Will Mare survive?
Narration is crisp and clear. Loved several secondary characters. Eager to see how Farley and Julian will turn out. I would love to see this in a movie. Even though narration is good, it would be lovely to watch those super powers on screen. The action sequences were incredible.
Overall, Red Queen digs a little deeper with exploring political themes, alliances and the promise of consequence of repressing a race.
Blurb as per good reads
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.