By Victoria Aveyard
Book #1 in the Red Queen Series
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.
We meet Mare in here small town and are introduced to the blood system very early on. I found this helpful and easier to follow. Mare is opinionated and strong willed and gives readers a view of this world as someone who has experienced the real negatives of being a Red Blood.
I’d heard a lot about the Red Queen series. I have been hesitant to pick it up because of all the hype and also the cover, they are not my favourite. But I decided to pick it up anyway and give this story that is either loved or hated, a go.
The story soon takes off with a discovery of powers that Mare should not have and honestly a whole lot ensues from there.
this story has Princes, an arrogant King and Queen (who honestly I could not like any less than I do right now), a corrupt government and a rebel group.
There seems to be so much going on at every point in the story that you can’t really get bored.
I did get overwhelmed with all the names of all the people throughout the story and at different points I did think ‘wait who is that again?’ However this didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the book on a whole and I am actually really excited to continue on with the series.
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
What are your thoughts on the Red Queen Series?