Rating – 3/5
If you’re as invested in the YA fiction genre as I am, there is no possibility that you haven’t heard of this book. Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen is basically the newest popular dystopian/fiction novel, following The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and Throne of Glass. The novel is set a society where people are divided based on the color of their blood – red or silver. The Reds are poor commoners, while the Silvers are royals and elites who possess god-like powers. The story follows Mare Barrow, a poor Red teenager who lives in the poverty-stricken Stilts. Mare has lived her entire life thinking that things will never get better, until she meets a stranger who lands her a job at the Silver palace. Once she’s there, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power between Silvers and Reds.
Even though I gave this book a 3/5, I would say that this book is a very enjoyable read. The writing is beautiful, engaging, and sensual. The characters were diverse, intense, and captivating. And as for the twist at the end, my mind is blown. This book definitely keeps you on your toes. However, I often found myself comparing this book to other major books. I found many simililarities between it and other YA novels such as The Maze Runner, Throne of Glass, The Selection, Game of Thrones, and of course The Hunger Games. It was filled with so many YA cliches that I found myself often being able to predict exactly what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys popular YA novels, such as Throne of Glass, The Selection, and The Hunger Games.