Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Length: 383 pages
Publisher: Orion Books
I’ve had this book since it first came out on paperback, in 2015. Now, the last book in the series has just come out on paperback and I’ve waited all this time, so I could read them without having to wait for another book to come out. I’m alway like this, don’t ask me why, that’s probably a different blog post.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. But Mare possess a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hid Mare in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside. Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.
‘I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.’
As I said, I’ve been waiting a long time to read this book, maybe my expectations were to high? But the first 3/4 I didn’t enjoy all that much. There’s a few reasons why.
We see the world through Mare’s eyes and I just found that she wasn’t likeable. She complained, she whined. She put a lot of people in danger, she was indecisive and frankly just annoying. She didn’t have any depth. Her one redeeming quality was that she cared for her family.
Also, the world they live in. While the reader is told all about, it’s even described in some detail. I just didn’t get a feel for the place. There wasn’t any atmosphere. It was just rich/poor. Commoner/Elite. The world could’ve gone deeper and then I would’ve been more into the story.
There was the love triangle. The good old cliche love triangle. In my opinion it wasn’t needed. It was predictable, obvious and again had no depth. It was hard to believe she was in love with either of them, let alone both. I feel like this part of the story could’ve been left out with Victoria choosing to o focus instead on Mare’s character development and building the world more.
It was also one of those books that has a few holes in the plot. It left me thinking ‘well what about that?’ or ‘wouldn’t other characters figure that out’. The whole book was just a bit shallow.
A lot of people have compared this book to The Hunger Games and I can totally see why. At times whilst I was reading, it did remind me of it also. But this book was nowhere near as good as The Hunger Games. Katniss was a more developed character, the world was stronger and the love triangle was better.
However, then a twist happened. That twist! I won’t spoil it, but wow! I did not see that happening. It changed the whole dynamic of this book. It made everything make sense. It made the love triangle make sense, it bought Mare’s character to life. It was fantastic.
The last 1/4 was epic. I could not put it down and when I finished it, I couldn’t wait to start the next. It honestly felt like the book was just building up to the twist with the 3/4 being average and then that last 1/4 amazing. This whole book depends on that twist.
I would recommend this book but it’s not a book I’m going to rave about. It’s a slow burner but then it really kicks into high gear. It will make you want to read the next one.
Until the next review