Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Review Source: Harper Teen
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Their worlds are like oil and vinegar. Shaken with war and destruction, however never mixed with kindness or equality. Separate, always. Reading Red Queen gave me the feeling of "de ja vu." it almost felt as if I had already entered this world of super powers, social status, fighting for causes, secrets unsolved and undiscovered before. This storyline has several love interest embedded throughout with Mare and Cal, and Maven and maybe even another, which always kept me wondering.
Lastly, as I pushed through to see how the events of Mare’s life would unfold with all the struggles set upon her, my original feeling was that this novel just hadn't reached the ultimate happy place that I like to be at. But then within the last quarter of the novel, Ms. Aveyard brought it home with excitement, twists and bunch of other things that I just didn't expect. I wish I could go back and tell my students that the whole concept of never judge a book by its cover is somewhat false. This cover spoke to me. My interest for Red Queen was peeked with the cover. The crown. Upside down, dripping of crimson blood. It tells a story. One of power, one of love, one of life. I look forward to what the author has to bring in her next novel of this series, as Mare’s life just may depend on it.
The genres she’s into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, she’s buying.
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