Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen
Date Started: February 26
Date Finished: March 3
Format: ebook from the digital library
Red Queen takes place in a futuristic world where the states are no longer in existence. In this new world, there are two different types of people: the Reds and the Silvers. The Silvers are those in power because they have powers – some can control fire, read minds, control water, etc. – and the Reds are the lowest of the low. They are the scum in this world and are used as slaves to the Silvers. The other difference between the two is the color of their blood. Reds have red and Silvers have silver.
Mare Barrow is a Red, a thief and almost out of school. She is concerned because if she doesn’t have a job lined up right after she’s done with school she gets conscripted to the army. Her three older brothers have already left for the army and she doesn’t want to go. But she knows that there isn’t anything she can do. No one will hire her, not after knowing about her thieving reputation. Her best friend Kilhorn turns everything around though when his boss dies leaving him unemployed and about to be conscripted. The only way out for the both of them is to run. She asks her black market buyer for help and he teams her up with the The Scarlet Guard. A group that can get her and her friend out, but everything comes at a price and this one is too high.
It doesn’t stop Mare from trying though which only ends up with her sister – who works at the Silver palace – having a broken hand for trying to help. Mare, feeling guilty, goes out into the night and starts pickpocketing. Except she pickpockets the wrong person. She pickpockets the prince – not that she knows that at the time, he just introduces himself as Cal – but instead of turning her in he does something else for her. He gets her a job at the palace and it changes her life forever. Because in this world anyone can betray anyone.
This book was really enjoyable. Mare is a fun character. She likes to act all tough, but in reality she’s got a good heart. The things that she does in Red Queen are for others and not herself. She tries to save Kilhorn twice. She tries to save Cal. She tries to save Maven. And she even goes so far as to try to save the Reds from the rule of the Silvers.
There was one plot point that I didn’t like though and that was the introduction of another love triangle, which really ended up as a square if what I was sensing coming from Kilhorn was true. But I think the thing that got me (and why it doesn’t influence my review too much) about the love square was that it was pretty much destroyed by the end of the book. Usually that takes authors the whole trilogy to resolve.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Great characters, especially liked the two villains – one of which I didn’t really see coming although I did suspect. I really want to know where this series goes now that Cal and Mare are fugitives. And how did the Scarlet Squad survive the attack in the tunnels?
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