on February 10th 2015
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Also in this series: Red Queen
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
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.
This eARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Red Queen is one of those books that you can visualize almost every step of the way. The way that you could SEE Tris, or Katniss in your mind as you read. It’s fairly easy to visualize it all as you read, which I feel is really important in a book. There are a few amazing action sequences which I can’t wait to see on screen, and make no bones about it, I am about 99.9% certain we WILL be seeing this on the big screen. It’s written perfectly for it. Maybe that’s because Victoria Aveyard went to school for screen writing! She knows what she’s doing. I really feel like we are going to see amazing things from her in the future, and she is definitely an author I plan to follow loyally. One thing I want to address, as I am sure you’ve seen in other reviews, there are some similarities in it, to another book (and that’s been previously published) in the very basic elements. I don’t feel like it’s so much that I couldn’t enjoy both. I don’t feel like it’s to the point from what I’ve read of others reviews of this other book, or the similarities that it’s enough to turn me off. I haven’t read the other book, but I hear good things about it. I don’t think it’s anything that was done on purpose. There are a couple of books that I have on my list to read, that I’ve started, that all use the seasons, like summer, and fall, to describe different sets of people, be they elements, or courts, or lands, using the seasons as a descriptor, and main plot point. Some even go as far as to describe how the seasons have similar smells, that doesn’t make me love the books any less. It just means there are a few basic similarities, but the books themselves, have not much else in common, and that’s okay with me.
Now on to the story itself…there’s so many feels. One of the most common feelings I had while reading this book was a great mistrust for almost every character. You feel like everyone has an agenda, and you never really are sure where anyone’s loyalties lie, and our main character Mare feels the same way throughout the whole book. Mare is a Red, and the reds are basically normal humans, like us. She has a secret that threatens to change everyone’s existence. So she’s tasked with hiding this secret by the other race on the planet, the Silvers. They have all these really cool super powers, they can control metal, water, fire, and other stuff like that! So as you can imagine they are the ruling class, and the reds are basically poor, common folk. There’s a couple of moments throughout the book, where I started to wonder if maybe, this is OUR world, in the far future. So I started to imagine the scenery of our world, as a backdrop, only older and grungier. I don’t know if that’s going to be a twist or not, and now that I think about it, I kind of hope it’s not, because I hate it when I inadvertently figure out twists before they happen. Seriously, I HATE IT. Unless, it’s one of those that I’m not quite sure about, and then when I does happen, I’m like SEEEEE I TOLD YOU SUCKERS!!! Like The Village. Yes, just like the Village!
Okay, back to the Silvers, they are vicious but have perhaps hidden it a bit (not much though, just not to level that it escalates) until something happens that set things truly in motion. Here’s what they remind of…Dilophosaurus – from Jurassic Park. Okay I’m sure you are probably thinking, hey now, Amber, that’s reaching too far back… but wait. It’s the cute dinosaur that we meet in that Oh, so wonderfully fulfilling scene, where Nedry, the tool, who so richly deserved what he got, finally bites the dust, from antagonizing the adorably cute but oh so deadly, dinosaur! Yeah, that nicely sums up the Silvers. So essentially the consensus is, just read it, give it a chance there may be some things you see coming, but its written so well with the mistrust of all involved, you aren’t really sure who to believe, and even though, you kind of see it coming, you are okay with it, because it is still just that good!
Now watch Nedry die his very satisfying death, because you know you want to. Then go Pre-Order Red Queen.