March 18, 2015

Book Review: Red Queen

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Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

The story is set in the New-Age where the society is divided into 2 social classes depending on a person's blood colour - red and silver. Slaves and rulers. The Silvers are the elite royalty with superhuman abilities. The Reds are the poor working class of the society - without any superpowers - who are meant to serve the Silvers.

Mare Barrow is a 17 year old unemployed Red girl who decides to escape from the village with her friend because she will be sent to war. However, with a twist of fate, she finds herself working at the Silver Palace among the Silvers. But soon, she discovers she has some pretty dangerous superpowers which ofcourse she isn't supposed to have because hello... she is a Red!

The King and the Queen tries to hush things up by forcing to her to get engaged to one of their sons and make her a pretend-Silver. But Mare has different plans on her mind. She joins forces with a Red rebellion group called Scarlet Guard to help overthrow the Silver rule. Her actions are about to bring some deadly consequences that will affect not just her but everyone around her.

Will Mare be able to make the right choices before the lies and secrets consume her?

You, my friend, have to read the book right NOW to find that out yourself. If you think I've given away some MAJOR spoilers, trust me.. this is nothing. Pfft! So take a deep breathe in...

This book has BLOWN MY MIND into teeny-tiny pieces. I mean, whoa. THAT WAS SO EPIC FANTASTIC! Okay, calm down Somdyuti.

Where was I? Right. My thoughts...

Let's see: Corrupt government - check. Struggle - check. Suspense - check. Evil characters - check. Feel-good moments - check. Plot twists - check. Rebellion - check. Betrayal - check.

Red Queen is such an intense book. In the first half, you see the world through Mare's eyes - the corruption, the differences, the fight-for-survival. In the next half, you see this fancy-perfect struggle-free society. I love how Victoria Aveyard created this striking contrast between the two social classes and their lives. It's brutal and terrible but also very real.

There's a lot of tension and conflict and clash of opinions and violence throughout the book. There's a bit of love triangle too (but that's not important). Oh, and there's also one hell of a plot twist that I did not see coming AT ALL!

And then ofcourse we have all these different superpowers. We have Silvers who can control minds, fire, water, nature, air, metal - anything.

Mare Barrow is probably one of the bravest female characters I've ever come across. She is flawed, disgraceful but she knows what she wants. She knows how to keep her head straight even in the toughest of times. She is willing risk anything to save the ones she loves. She is - what we call - a survivor!


[+] The 3 main characters: Mare Barrow, Prince Cal, Prince Maven

[+] Magical abilities

[+] The New-Age society

[+] Wicked plot twists

[+] The subtle romance

[+] The fights, duels and rebellions

[+] Similar to The Selection (Trilogy) by Keira Cass and Red Rising (Trilogy) by Pierce Brown

[+] How can a person have silver blood? Is that even biologically possible?

"And now I’m the sheep pretending to be a wolf."

"This world is Silver, but it is also gray. There is no black-and-white."

"Anyone can betray anyone."

"I am the king and you could've been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing."

"Their blood is a threat, a warning, a promise. We are not the same and never will be."

By the power vested me, I hereby give Red Queen 4 out of 5 sugary stars because of these two amazing ladies-

(a) Victoria Aveyard
(b) Mare Barrow - our Red Queen.

There is hardly much I can point out. So yes, I'll say it again - Red Queen is dripping perfection!

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves either of the following-

[+] The Selection (Trilogy) by Keira Cass

[+] The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

[+] Dystopian/Fantasy genre

[+] Young Adult books

[+] Magical abilities and superpowers

[+] Strong and fearless female characters

[+] Rebellions and revolutions

Over to you now... have you read Red Queen? Is there any particular part you liked? Or something that bothered you maybe?

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