Review: Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

[ 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.

Rating: 3.5 – 4 stars  (a.k.a. I enjoyed it but it’s got some flaws so I’m not entirely sure how to rate it)

My review

The reviews I read for this book were a bit contradicting, but basically, people either loved it or hated it. I feel somewhat in the middle. I didn’t love it and there a few aspects that I strongly disliked, but the truth is that I was glued to the pages and read this in two days. So, yes you could say that I enjoyed it. 

Let’s talk about these characters,

  • I liked Mare most of the time. I liked her attitude and her personality but I expected to be less naive after all that she went through all of her life. I guess she learns with her mistakes but does she grow that much as a character? I don’t think so. 
  • Cal’s character, in general, felt so familiar. His personality, beliefs and his behavior just felt so unoriginal. He’s not like the rest of the people of his social status and he wants to do good and is humble and loyal….. (There’s a character like him in almost every fantasy book.) (He reminded me of Dorian from Throne of Glass sometimes, but I liked Dorian much more). 
  • After I finished this book I realized Maven might actually be my favorite character. His character isn’t particularly original either, but I felt like he was the most interesting and most complex. 

In Red Queen, there is a kingdom, and two different races (one of which possesses powers)  – whilst at the same existing modern technology. I honestly hated this mixture between fantasy and modern technology. It wasn’t very well developed or explained. The information regarding the rest of the world around the country the book is set was also lacking, considering they were apparently in a seemingly never-ending war with a neighboring country. 

The plot was pretty clear and so was the conflict throughout the entire book. I’ll admit I didn’t expect that finale at all, though at some point before that plot twist I did think it was all going to easy and it was almost boring. 

The writing wasn’t bad per say, but it wasn’t memorable. Most of the time when I come across a book that’s beautifully written, I usually pause to mark it or write down a particular passage that I liked. I didn’t find any of those during my time reading Red Queen.

This review is a bit longer than what I originally intended and it’s mostly about the bad points (sorry), but I actually enjoyed reading this book, and I’m curious as to what happens in the next one. 

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