Series: Red Queen #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
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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 the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.
I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.
I am the king and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.
Rise, red as the dawn.
This book was so good! It definitely lived up to the hype that was surrounding it! I loved it so much! I cannot wait until Glass Sword comes out. In fact, I’ve already pre-ordered it. This book was such an interesting story! This is definitely one of my favorites of 2015. This year is going to be a tough one when deciding what my top books are, because I have read a lot of great books so far and it’s only half way through the year!
Mare turns out to be a mixture of a Red and a Silver. She has the red blood but she has the silver power. So she ends up being betrothed to one of the prince’s. She is smart but she has her faults. I can’t really go into detail about it too much without spoiling.
Victoria Aveyard brings out an amazing debut with this fantastic story that mixes X-Men and The Hunger Games(?) She brings powers that almost remind you of X-Men powers and she puts it in a war between two classes of people and the concoction that it makes is wonderful. The world building is beautiful. The writing is beautiful. And I cannot wait until the second book comes out!
The hype that surrounded this book is definitely worth it. Yes, there are going to be people who aren’t going to like it. But I am willing to bet that they are few and far between. Red Queen has made my all-time favorites list and with that Victoria Aveyard has made my auto-buy list. I am so happy that I finally picked this book up and that I wasn’t disappointed but rather it went beyond my expectations!
Definitely give this one a shot if you like YA literature! Yes, it’s fantasy. Yes, it’s paranormal. Yes, it’s dystopian. It fits a lot of genres and you’re just bound to love it as much as I do. But watch out, because there are twists and turns and it is bound to break some hearts in the process. 🙂