Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Supernatural Publication.Date February 10th 2015 Pages: 320 Published By: Orion Author Victoria Aveyard Red Queen on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the publisher via Me My Shelf and I Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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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?
In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again.
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
“I see a world on the edge of a blade. Without balance, it will fall.”
“I'm a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can't afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”
I've read this book last year, as soon as it popped up on Edelweiss, and honestly, it was one of the best books I've read in 2014. As I sit here today, trying to wrap my mind around its sheer awesomeness and put together a somewhat coherent review, I get ridiculously excited all over again, just thinking about the plot, the complex word-building, the insane plot twists and just how visually stunning and breathtakingly magnificent the whole story was. I really, truly loved Red Queen!
I've been putting off writing my review. I didn't trust myself not go on an embarrassingly childish rave fest. And here I am, nearly half a year later, still under Red Queen's magical spell. What can you do? Some books are just THAT awesome.
The one at the center of it all is Mare Barrow, an unimportant little Red. Mare lives in a world divided by blood, in which the Silver-blooded Royals hold all the power (both literally and metaphorically speaking) and the Red-bloods are nothing more than poor, lowly servants. The Silvers have supernatural powers, the Reds do not. At least that's how it's always been and what the Silvers want everyone to believe. When Mare discovers she has an ability of her own, her entire world gets flipped upside down. She finds herself thrown in the middle of intrigue-fueled Silver court, forced to play the role of a long lost Silver princess and betrothed to Silver King's song. With the Scarlet Guard becoming more and more aggressive, the full-on rebellion is fast approaching. The fate of the entire kingdom depends on the choices she'll make. And one bad decision can lead to a massacre...
Red Queen is a fast paced, breathless kind of read. A true edge-of-your-seat story. Intrigue filled, action packed, twisty and highly dramatic, it's a real page turner. Impossible to put down. I really loved the world Aveyard created. It was dark and dangerous, but also oddly beautiful and enchanting. It's a world where old clashes with new. We have a Royal court with richly decorated interiors, stunning gowns, sumptuous bedrooms and deadly dungeons, but we also have modern technology, electricity and gadgets. It's a curious and completely fascinating mix that makes for a fantastic background to the intensely gripping plot line.
And the plot really is phenomenal. The conflict, the intrigue, the secrets and betrayals and all the heart pounding emotions - Red Queen has it all. The writing is top shelf quality, very atmospheric and engaging. There are many twist, many painful decisions to make, some downright heartbreaking plot developments.. It's all well thought out and devised with surgical precision.
The characters might seem stereotypical and one-dimensional to begin with, but as the story progresses and as we get deeper into the sticky swamp of politics, social injustice, power-struggle and multi-layered deception, we begin to see just how complex they really are. People lie and manipulate, back-stab and use others to achieve their goals. It's hard to tell who to trust, who tells the truth and who plays a dangerous game. Almost everyone wears a mask and before you know it, it's too late.
I would like to tell you that absolutely everyone will love Red Queen as much as I did, but that is obviously not possible. I've read some reviews, and the opinions differ quite drastically. It's always like that with well-marketed, hyped-up books, though, so you just have to give it a try and see for yourself if this is a book for you. If you like dramatic, high-intensity, twisty reads, cliffhangers and jaw-dropping surprises, chances are you will love it. If, however, you are bothered by love triangles (even though, in my opinion, Red Queen doesn't have a typical love triangle at all), you might be iffy about it. It doesn't help that the marketing strategy here is comparing this book to YA blockbusters such as The Hunger Games or The Selection (missed comparisons in both cases), as it gives people certain expectations and invites them to draw parallels between books that have virtually nothing in common with each other. Like I said, though, it's best to give it a try and see for yourself. I really hope you'll love it just as much as I did!
1. Poison & Wine – The Civil Wars
2. Welcome Home – Coheed & Cambria
3. Corrupt – Depeche Mode
4. Gollum’s Song – Emiliana Torrini
5. If I Had A Heart – Fever Ray
6. Breath of Life – Florence + The Machine
7. Seven Devils – Florence + The Machine
8. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
9. No Church In The Wild – JAY Z, Kanye West
10. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
11. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
12. Bones – MS MR
13. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
14. Mega City One – Paul Leonard-Morgan
15. My Body Is A Cage – Peter Gabriel
16. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
17. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
18. Dead Hearts – Stars
19. Intro – The xx
20. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
(This Playlist was put together by Victoria - and what a fantastic playlist it is! Corrupt? Radioactive? No Church In The Wild?! I absolutely love it!!! I also thought about White Lies by E.S.T while reading!)
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About the author:
Victoria Aveyard is a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.Her book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. She’s repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.The genres she’s into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic - if people are dying, she’s buying.
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