Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 …
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 383
Where I acquired this book: Barnes and Noble
When I read this book: December 23-27
Ratings on a Scale of 1-10
Quality of writing: 10
Plot Development: 8
Ease of Reading: 10
I have heard so many raving reviews of this book, so I had been eager to pick it up for a while. On Thanksgiving, we were talking about going Black Friday shopping, and my mom saw that Barnes and Noble sells a whole bunch of signed copies of different books. My sister and I got up early the next morning, and waited outside in the rain in our pajamas for a half an hour before they let us in. We ran over to the shelves, and I snatched up a copy of Red Queen before anyone else could get it. It was fate. I just recently got around to reading it because I have had a bunch of new releases that I wanted to read, but now that I finished it, I can’t believe I waited this long to read it. Aveyard weaves an amazing tale with intriguing characters, a new and interesting world, and an unique power system. I experienced every twist and turn right along side the main character, Mare. When I was almost done, I thought I had figured out where it was headed, but boy was I wrong. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, especially high fantasy, because I love finding new worlds to inhabit, and this world blew me away. She explained all of the different houses, their powers, different limitations and strengths the silvers had, and the struggles of the reds. There were also very few flat characters. If you knew a characters name, chances are they were important at some point. There wasn’t a lot of time spent talking about some random kid in a corner that Mare would never see again or anything like that. When I read hyped up books, they tend to either astound me or put me into a reading slump from trying so hard to finish them. Thankfully, Red Queen did the former, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on Glass Sword.
OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it. What did you think? Are you a fan of high fantasy novels? If you were a silver, what kind would you want to be?
P.S. Rise red as the dawn!