Friday, 1 January 2016

Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen has to be one of the best novels I have read in 2015.

Since the first chapter I was introduced to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, ends up working in the Silver Palace where she later finds out that she is not like any other Red or Silver but a mixture of both. Something that no one has ever seen before. Two of the major concepts I adored about Red Queen would have to be the characters (i.e. how realistic they felt with their flaws and their struggles throughout the novel) and the plot twist. 


The characters were both likeable and relatable in multiple ways. Mare was headstrong, independent, strong, and confident. She didn't need a man, or in this case a Silver, to protect her. Unlike most YA novels, Mare was able to hold her own throughout the novel and was able to help & join a case that needed to be fought.


Cal and Marven, the crown Silver princes, were both intriguing and mystifying to read about. In various parts of the novel I would see both the good and bad of both of these characters. It was truly hard to determine which one was actually be honest and which one was lying the whole time. Besides the darkness within both Cal and Marven, both characters exemplified the power and control that they have over others and how they have a different life compared to the Reds. 


The plot was rather unique and amazing to read. The way the author, Victoria Aveyard was able to capture the emotions, the scenes, and the general moments of life was truly astonishing. The plot also made the readers, like myself, feel as if they can trust none of the characters due to the way they ultimately keep on switching sides. In the end, the plot twist had to be a major favourite of mine. I normally hate ending on a cliffhanger but this novel made me actually enjoy it. It did leave me shocked and, to be frank, disturbed in a way but it also made me rather excited because I always had a feeling that the character that ultimately betrayed Mare would be the character that I was starting to get rather suspicious about (trying to not spoil the ending for those who have not read the novel).

In the end, this novel is truly worth the read. If you have not read it yet, buy it and read it today :)




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Synopsis:



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 ...
 

(from Goodreads)