Title: Red Queen (Paperback)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
When I bought this book two years ago I was beyond excited to start it, so I did. But life has a way of getting in the way and I never finished it. I finally got around to picking it up again not that long ago and realised I couldn’t remember what had happened. You could even see the last dog-eared page (around ¾ of the way though). So, I started it all over again and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it more the second time (I started to remember bits as I made my way through it).
Our main character, Mare, is strong and badass, something I love in a female protagonist and she doesn’t need anyone by her side to accomplish things. She lives in a world where the Silvers, those with Silver blood and exceptional powers, rule over the Reds, people like you and me. Mare has always been Red, through and through, until one day she isn’t and her world is turned upside town. She has powers she never knew could be real for someone like her and it takes her down a dangerous path. Playing the role of a long-lost Silver princess, she has to be careful, because getting caught could be life-threatening.
Victoria Aveyard writes beautifully, creating a world that I imagined so vividly as I read the words. I flew through the book and I was kept wanting to know more. Some of the twists that happened were unexpected, making me enjoy the book all the more. I love a book with betrayal, conflict and secrets, and Red Queen definitely has all that and more. While this book reminded me of a few other dystopian novels I’d read in the past, that didn’t make it any less interesting and I thought that the fantasy element gave it something that the others don’t have.
Some elements of this book were predictable and others weren’t (I think it all depends on how perceptive you are). I would say the only downfall to this book is the romance. Personally, I love a good romance story (one that is believable, mind you) and I felt that some of the romantic relationships were a little forced and I just couldn’t love them. But, at the end of the day, this book is about much more than romance and the fantasy element is more intriguing to me.
I have the next instalment, Glass Sword, sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I am hoping that it is as good as the first. This book is going to receive 4 out of 5 stars from me.