“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angles and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.
The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” -Mare Barrow
Red Queen is a story about a world where the people are separated by blood. There are the Silvers who have magical abilities and the Reds who do not and serve the Silvers. Mare is Red but one day in front of the King she discovers that she has magical abilities. How can that be? After all, Mare is just a Red, isn’t she?
I first heard about this book right around when it was released. When I heard what it was about I was so excited to read it. A few months later I still had not read the book but watched a few reviews on YouTube. I got a little discouraged to read Red Queen because some people did not really enjoy the book. They said it was like other books they had read previously. Fast forward to January 2016 almost one year after the release date I finally got my hands on Red Queen. I really enjoyed this book. Since I am new to reading young adult books, I did not experience what other reviews were saying about it being like other books. That being said I will now discuss my thoughts on Red Queen.
The beginning of the book was a little slow but once I fully got into the Red Queen world it was just amazing. I loved the idea of this world being separated by blood and I wanted to learn more about how this world came to be and why certain things were occurring. The way that Aveyard developed her characters was phenomenal, it made you want to learn more about their story and why they acted the way that they did. I also really enjoyed how the plot line was not predictable. I was only able to correctly guess two things in the entire book. To elaborate more about predictability, what I liked was how the Silvers’ powers are controlled, and how Mare brings out her powers. It does not work the same way other books with characters with magical abilities work. Also let’s talk about the ending of this book: When I was reading it, I did not know how to react. I did not think that what I was reading was right. I also had a hard time forming sentences when I was talking to my friend who had already read the book. Then just when you think things cannot get more insane, it does.
For this being Victoria Aveyard’s first book, I think she did an amazing job. The way that the entire book you think it is heading one way and then last second it completely changes direction, was just so well done. I would have liked to see more about the world, more explanation as to why a certain event is happening. Hopefully we will get that in the second book Glass Sword. If you had been discouraged about reading Red Queen because you think it’s like other books, I say give it a shot; it might surprise you. It sure surprised me. To sum up this spoiler free review, I gave Red Queen four out of five stars. I really enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to dive in further into this new world.
Do not forget that I will also post a review with spoilers so all that have read Red Queen can discuss in full detail all the craziness that happened is this fantastic book. Comment down below if you have read Red Queen and if you have not read it if you plan on reading it.
Until next time book nerds,