Rating – 4.33 out of 5
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is set in a Red and Silver world. People with red blood have no special powers and serve the strong Silver blooded people who control everything. While Mare Barrow’s family has red blood and is a part of the under class, but her fortunes are about to change. As Mare literally falls into the arena of the Silvers, she discovers that while her blood is red, she also has special powers. Mare, thrust into a role of a silver princess to hide her true identity, begins to understand the power dynamics that shape her world.
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
-Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen
Why I liked Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has an unique storyline. The idea that the world has such a dominant ruling class was, interesting and thought-provoking. I thought the idea that the ruling class was determined not only by a physical attribute (blood) but also by a difference in physical power was compelling. In America today we also have classes that are usually determined by spending and privilege. Reading a novel about how the lower class is organizing and rising up was exciting and felt very apt for our time in history.
Truth be told, there were a few things that bugged me about this novel. I did not appreciate how long it took to get to the point of what the main action was going to be, and I did not enjoy how so many factors would flip and change. It felt like Aveyard was going for a “gotcha” moment, which was not necessary given how strong the underlying story is. Joan Callamezzo came to mind in a few moments, which is not the vibe I think an author should go for.
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Despite that I did overall enjoy this book. I look forward to reading more in the series! I cannot wait to see how characters and powers and intrigue and love stories develop. This book did have me at the edge of my seat and wanting more!
P.S. I just heard about the #24in28hoursreadathon… who was supposed to tell me about that and failed at their job? I guess I’ll just have to wait until next weekend to see if I can read that much in so little time!!
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