Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Age range: 12-18
Grade level: 7-12
Genre: Fantasy/science fiction
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
It was okay. I can’t decide if my feelings on this book are mixed or simply non-existent. The concept was interesting, but I’ve read this same story before in other YA books. Red Queen didn’t bring anything new to the table and I’m tired of angry, outspoken protagonists. I didn’t connect with the characters, and none of the twists managed to surprise me. I almost quit reading several times, but I’m glad I didn’t because the second half of the book was much better than the first.
Even though this book was predictable, it still managed to keep me turning pages. If you haven’t read a lot of young adult novels, you may like this book better than I did. After all, the writing flows easily and the story follows a nice arc. There is plenty of action, betrayal, and emotional drama going on. It is violent, but not gory. There are a couple of curse words, but the romantic element is kept very clean.
I’m chalking this one up to personal taste. I think a lot of people will like this book, but it didn’t knock my socks off.
Content: Violence, 2 or 3 curse words.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.