Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: ARC via publisher
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
"Imprisoned in my own skin, red behind a silver curtain that can never be pulled away. If I fall, if I even slip, I will die. And others will die for my failure."
I've been obsessed with any mention of this book since I discovered it whilst on Goodreads. After reading the synopsis I knew this would be a "Rachel" book. The synopsis says "Graceling meets The Selection" psh, heck no. Try Gladiator meets X-Men, a dystopia entwined with high fantasy. This book is going to take the YA crowd by storm. Mark. My. Words.
Where do I start with this fantastic book? It's addictive. I started this book at around 8 PM one night, and stayed up until 2 AM when I finished. I was so heavily invested in everything that was going on, the writing literally pulls you in. There's an edge to it. There's suspense. Some people claimed it dragged in parts, I felt that a tad bit but overall it was just so enticing. Everything that's happening is just so absorbing, you can't help but get caught up in it. I love books that center around courts and royalty. I like my princes and princesses, okay?
"This world is Silver, but it is also gray. There is no black-and-white."
The whole premise and storyline of Red Queen is brilliant. As I said before, it's X-Men meets Gladiator, and it is FIERCE. This book has the perfect blend of action, romance, deception, rebellion, court functions, and more. It's got a bit of everything. The world-building and premise build-up was stellar. This idea is pure brilliance and the execution is flawless. Honestly, I can't find any faults.
I was wildly impressed by the characters. I felt like I knew them and their personalities so well. They each had their great attributes and flaws, they were so descriptive. I really liked the main character, Mare. She's a bit snarky, smart, and awesome. She makes mistakes, a lot of them, and although she has her low moments, she manages to come back up fighting again. My opinion of Cal varied so much in this book. I admired his loyalty and tenacity, yet I feared his blindsidedness sometimes. Maven was such a great guy, I loved him. There's some romance in this book and although it appears to be a love triangle, it's really not. Have no fear! I loved how the romance was coupled with the plot, it wasn't a separate entity, it was infused with with premise. Oh and there's a bit of a Darkling in this book. Yes.
There are so many "Oh shit" moments I can't even count them. Aveyard knows how to pull the rug out from under us. I didn't predict anything that would eventually happen. The ending was absolutely epic. Never have I seen anything make a turn for the worse so quickly. There's a panicked frenzy in the end that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The shocking revelations and the twists and turns and the action, oh my! What an epic ending to an epic book.
I recommend this book to everyone!! You won't regret reading it.