Author: Victoria Aveyard
Title: Red Queen
Genre(s): Teens; Mystery thrillers; Romantic; Fantasy and supernatural
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Review: The concept of this book's world was really intriguing to me. I like the idea of the reds and the silvers and how their body chemistry is genuinely different from one another. I think that Aveyard did an amazing job at providing her readers with an elaborate painting of this world. When I was listening to this book, I was transported to the Stilts and the Silver Palace. I also really enjoyed Mare's character and how dedicated she is to her family and her people. Although she becomes entangled with the silver royal brothers, she never loses sight of her true purpose, freeing her fellow reds from poverty and destruction. Mare represents a truly powerful heroine that I think all women can admire. While Mare was very apparently dedicated to her people, I also admired Cal for being dedicated to his. Although I despised how the silvers treated the reds, I always have respect for those who fiercely believe in their own ideals and Cal did just that. I was not expecting for the book to end the way that it did, but Aveyard set the scene for the following novel in a very profound way. Overall, I think this book is pretty great in all aspects! I highly recommend it to young readers and adults.
Book Description: "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. There, 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 sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her."