Original Title: Red Queen
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 388
First Sentence: “I hate First Friday.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Oh my god. This book is just fantastic. Holy moly, it’s brilliant. Well done Aveyard, well done.
The world in this book is just so well thought out. The divide between the Silvers and Reds, the luxury the Silvers enjoy and the poverty of the Reds. It is a great take on a dystopian world, where your place in society is determined by the colour of blood.
Mare is a great protagonist and really interesting. She has grown up in one of the Red villages, living in poverty, knowing that she will be conscripted to the army when she turns 18. By pure chance, she discovers that she has the same type of powers as Silvers have, which should be impossible. Sadly enough, she discovers this power in front of the whole Silver elite, including the Royal Family. Mare suddenly finds herself fighting for her life surrounded by luxury instead of poverty.
In fact, all the characters are brilliant, both the bad and good. They are well written and they are either easy to love or easy to hate.
The plot is just fantastic. It is fast paced and detailed but without being boring. And the end. Holy crap, I did not see that coming!
I honestly feel like I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling it for you. All you need to know is that this is an amazing book and you should definitely read it.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yeah!!! It is such a brilliant book! Go read! Now!