Hello! Hope you’re having a great start to the week and had an awesome weekend. I spent my weekend reading and writing, and ended up finishing Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’m also feeling like the last person to read the popular book.
Red Queen centres on Mare Barrow, a resident of a poverty-stricken village and a Red (someone with red blood), who joins the rebel group Scarlet Guard to save her friend Kilorn from conscription. She soon discovers that there’s something different about her and as a result, she gets tangled up with the enemy – Silvers (those with silver blood and rule over the Reds). Her route to freedom becomes dangerous and she has to be careful where to place her trust because anyone can betray anyone…
The book starts off slowly but builds up quite fast. There are many twists and turns that make you turn the page fast and switch allegiances faster. The characters will make you fall in love with or hate them, but they will crush or melt your heart sooner than you think. It’s a roller coaster ride.
In terms of setting, thanks to details on a medieval-like culture, I sometimes forgot that the story took place at some point in the future. But then screens and electric shields were mentioned – there’s also the Scarlet Guard being perceived as a terrorist group and the government manipulating the masses, causing riots – Silvers targeting Reds, Reds turning against each other. It’s refreshing and relatable.
I have no thoughts on the downsides other than the slow pacing in the first half and some parts of the book were a bit flat description and impact wise.
Anyway, I’m going to pick up the sequel Glass Sword later this week 🙂
Rating: 4/5. If you’re into gladiators, Divergent, Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, then you’ll love Red Queen.