Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 …
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
In a divided world, trust means everything. Mare Barrow grew up not knowing the power she held. Reds and Silvers had been divided for such a long time that unknown powers and abilities represent a threat. She started a quest for equality that leads her to a world in which her beloved ones could betray her and she must not trust anybody but herself. Secrecy becomes a very important element in this story that intrigues the reader into a mind-blown adventure with unexpected shifts and turns.
What I liked:
I really enjoyed reading this book, it kept me going and going, page by page. The main characters are amazingly different. Mare is just so courageous, brave and fearless, she really will do anything to get what she wants. Cal, the prince, is quite a leader but at the same time sensitive and big hearted. The personality of every single character is described and shown throughout the story and not at the very beginning which I think was great since it kept me reading. And the end…. I could not believe how the story had a 360º change in the last chapters. Glass Sword is definitely going to be amazing! Can’t wait to read it!
What I did not like:
Captain Farley is abrupt. I really had a hard time trying to understand how she acted and why. The whole Scarlet Guard thing became kind of predictable at some point. Also, I wish there was a backstory about the separation between Reds and Silvers.
Anyway, I really liked the book and am looking forward to reading Glass Sword!