Red Queen Book Review

Red Queen Book Review

Eva Kung-Bi

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a futuristic fantasy novel, set in a world where people are divided by blood color. The reds, those with red blood, are separated from the silvers, those with silver blood, who are also gifted with special abilities like controlling fire, mind reading, and the ability to shape and form metal. Because the reds lack these abilities they are forced to serve the silvers and are forever forced into poverty. The main character is a girl named Mare Barrow who is unlike any other red that has ever existed. Mare’s only talent (or so she thought) is pickpocketing. She lives in a family where money is scarce and food is little. When she is offered a job in the palace working for the silver king, she gladly takes it. But then, in front of the whole royal court and even some of their guests, Mare does something extraordinary. She harnesses the power of lightning, just like a silver would. The only catch, Mare’s a red through-and-through. A red with silver-like powers is unheard of. In order to disguise this, the king tries to hide her and her special abilities by forcing her to live life on the edge of a knife, if she does one thing wrong, says one less or more word, steps one step in the wrong direction, she and her whole family will be killed.  I thought this book was..okay. Of course this is my own personal opinion. Disagree with me if you want :). The beginning was very slow and virtually no action happened for the first three-fourths of the book. But it got much better very fast, but not SUPER good. You know you have a good book when you can not put it down, but for the beginning of this book I had to force myself to read it. The plot twists in the end really made up for that though. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is much like a twist of The Selection by Kira Cass (minus the love) and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (minus the arena). I personally wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, but the internet seems to really like this book, so if you want to read it I’m not stopping you. If you liked The Selection, or like surprises, you should read this book.