Red Queen: Red Queen (Book 1)
by Victoria Aveyard
“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 seventeen-year-old Mare, a red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a log-lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.
Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.”
I kind of knew about Red Queen, I had seen it in the shops and thought the cover was cool, but it was not until I saw build up and then reviews for Glass Sword, that I knew I had to read it.
Mare is from a town called The Stilts, as everyone is a Red, it is very poor and run down due to all having to work or be conscripted. However after a fateful meeting, Mare finds herself called to Summertown to work for the King, and her first job is serving Silvers at the Queenstrial. Due to one of the girls showing off, Mare ends up falling into the ring and her entire life changes.
Oh my! That was fantastic! I read it in 2 days, I just could not put it down! I was hooked from the very beginning, does it help that on the second paragraph she is stealing from people. All the twists and turns, I was never expecting that bit nearish the end, wow! I felt all the emotions; tense, scared (for Mare mostly), happy, sad, even angry at points. I did actually shout at the book several times…
I think my favourite characters have to be Mare and Cal. I like Maven as well, but then he is an idiot and I wanted to punch him in the face repeatedly, I did with Cal as well actually thinking about it. All the characters were so realistic I felt like I was there instantaneously.
I cannot pick out just one bit, I loved the bits in the Stilts, but also Summertown and later. The training parts were pretty awesome as well.
Red Queen does end on a cliffhanger, this is because the series continues in Glass Sword.
While reading Red Queen, I said that it is about a girl discovering the truth about herself while getting caught in a web of lies and love. I would recommend it to anyone, so long as you aren’t scared by a bit of gore. 5 out of 5.