Series: Red Queen #1
Published by: HarperTeen on February 10, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
I need to say right off the bat that THE ENDING KICKS ASS!! It was so exciting, intense, and full of death! OMG!
There was a bit of a romance/love triangle in Red Queen but it was subtle. I was glad for that because I don’t think the romance was a strong point. The focus was really on the politics, caste system, oppression, and ‘abilities’.
My favourite thing about the book (besides that KILLER ending) was how much I loved to hate some of the characters. There’s nothing better than a good villain (or two… or three…). I love having someone I can truly despise!
My one complaint about Red Queen was that the betrayal didn’t come as much of a surprise. The book was set up to make me distrust EVERYONE. Even if someone seemed nice and genuine, a character would make a comment or something would happen to make me suspicious. The author constantly reminded us that “Anyone can betray anyone.” Therefore, I was on high alert for SOMEONE to betray Mare at any minute. As a result, the big ‘twist’ at the end wasn’t really a surprise. I think I would have preferred it if the author didn’t make me so suspicious and lulled me into a false sense of security instead.
Overall, Red Queen is a fabulous start of a new series. The ending was so action-packed and really got me pumped for book two! Come on, Red Queen! Kick some Silver ass!