Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen has been getting quite the hype in the past year or so. It feels like I’ve seen it everywhere that new & up cominning books are discussed. Especially since it was named as the Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner for the YA category. I’m not usually one to jump onto the hype train and, in fact, I usually ignore over talked about books on principle alone. But, I like to give my reading a shake up with genres so I don’t get bored and decided to give it a go.
And….yeah, it’s worth the hype. If YA dystopian fantasy fiction is your thing, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this read. Think…. Hunger Games or Divergent with a fun fantasy/science-fiction spin to it.
Red Queen is about a society separated into two different classes or castes of people – the Silvers and the Reds…named so due to the color of their blood. The Silvers are elite, wealthy, privileged, and also have the added benefit of having special superhero-like powers. The Reds are the lower class, poor commoners who’s prime purpose is to serve the Silvers. Mare Barrow is seventeen and a Red. She is months away from being conscripted into the army to fight in a Silver war…unless she can find a worthwhile job to keep her out. She’s lived her entire life hating the Silvers and the way they treat the Reds, but she takes a job as a servant in Silver society hoping it will keep her from conscription. Once she enters the Silver world, she finds she has both allies and enemies there…but she isn’t always sure who falls into which category.
There are definitely some similarities to other books/series in the same Dystopian genre, but not enough to make it overly predictable. I found this to be a very engaging and quick read. At no point was I bored or uninterested. The world building is fantastic…I could clearly picture what everything looked like and how certain situations felt. The fantasy aspect (mainly the super powers of the Silvers) made Red Queen feel unique and quite exciting. There are some pretty cool, detailed battle scenes that make this stand out from other dystopian novels. Plus, unlike Divergent, the world of Red Queen is a total made up, future world.
Obviously, there is a little more to the storyline than what I have mentioned above, but I think this is the type of book that’s best to just dive right in without knowing too much about the plot ahead of time.
The second installment to the series, Glass Sword, was just released this week. So, if you are the type of person who doesn’t like to wait long to read the sequel, you are in luck. I will for sure be diving into Glass Sword soon as Red Queen left me wanting to know more. YA Dystopian fiction has sort of become my “guilty pleasure”. I’m not one for juicy, steamy romance stories…but give me a future world falling apart by war & struggle and I’m in!
Overall, Red Queen is a fun and entertaining story. If you are a fan of Hunger Games or Divergent, I think this will be another series that you’ll find you enjoy. Plus…check out how cool and pretty these covers are! Sometimes it’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover 🙂
My Rating: 4/5 stars.