Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog, today’s post is going to be another book review, this time the book Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I discovered this book looking at the Goodreads Choice 2015 Winners in the beginning of the year, and as a guilty pleasure lover of YA Lit, I knew I had to read this. While I enjoyed this book, check out some of my deep thoughts on the book below!
The premise of this book is that this dystopian world is split into two factions: the Reds and the Silvers. The Silvers are the rulers of the world and have special abilities (i.e superpowers) which make them more powerful. The Silvers also bleed silver blood, thus separating them from the Reds. The Reds are the common people, and this is where our protagonist, Mare Barrow, comes from. By chance she ends up serving the Silvers as young woman fight to prove themselves worthy to be queen, in some sort of weird tradition for the prince to find his bride. Mare ends up discovering she has one of these abilities and thus must be hidden within the Silver world, masquerading as a lost Silver princess. Not only does the book develop Mare’s powers, but she also must struggle to deal with a rising rebellion by a group of Reds which threaten the Silver regime.
Honestly, I found the plot of the novel to be unoriginal at best. The amount of times I found myself thinking that parts of the story resembled the Hunger Games were too high for me to truly enjoy the storyline. It felt like I had already read this book in any previous YA dystopian series. I wasn’t really surprised by any of the twists or surprises, and it just didn’t speak to me.
The characterization was meh, I particularly didn’t like how vague Mare was described throughout the story. Even after ready all three hundred and something pages, the only description I can thing of Mare’s appearance or personality is that she’s rebellious and has brown hair.
The book wasn’t bad per say, I enjoyed it for the mindless entertaining read but it definitely wasn’t something new to me or inspired me to pick up the other books in the series. I actually returned the book to Target after finishing it at work today because I knew it wasn’t going to be one that I really wanted to reread, plus I used the money to pick up another book. I give Red Queen 2 stars out of 5, because while I did have problems with it, I did at least enjoy the book enough to finish it. I’m not sorry I picked it up, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone looking for something more than an entertaining read that you can’t take too seriously.
I’m participating in the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge (I’m going for 50 books read in 2016!), so if you’d like to follow along with my progress or just see what I’m reading you can check that out here. I’m also attempting the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge, which can be found here. Let me know in the comments any books you’d recommend and what you’re currently reading. See you all next time!