I have seen SOOOOO many people loving on this book, so I figured I finally needed to see what all the hype was about for myself. I ended up getting it on audiobook a few months ago and finally finished it.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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... (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
Oh no. Really? REALLY? I didn’t like this book? What’s wrong with me? Am I the only one out there? Yep, only one apparently, because everyone else adored it. So let me tell you a few of the problems I have with this book.
First, did anyone see the resemblance to Hunger Games and all other kinds of dystopias? I felt like it wasn’t original. The way magic worked wasn’t original… and should I even say it? The characters weren’t even all that original either… *gasp* I know, I know. That might have been a low blow, but that’s how I felt.
Nothing surprised me about this book. I wasn’t impressed with any part of it, and I couldn’t shake the misconception I had that this was a high fantasy book. It didn’t really read like a high fantasy, but more like a dystopia within a slightly fantastical setting.
I know you guys will probably burn me in effigy for this review, but I just really couldn’t do it. If the writing had been better, I could have forgiven the unoriginal plot, but there was only a single line that I liked… but then she kept repeating the same concept in different ways later on, knocking the feet out from under a great sentence that could have stood on its own two feet.
I am disappointed that I didn’t like it. I really wanted to. Seriously, I did! But I just couldn’t bring myself to like it. Sorry folks! Better luck next time!
I gave this book 1.5 stars.