Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Goodreads Summary: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart..
My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was super fast paced, had a great concept, and plenty of plot twists to keep me on edge the whole time. Although it does follow a typical YA dystopian formula, the plot was very engaging. To me the book seemed more like a film than a novel, and knowing that Aveyard is a screenwriter, it doesn’t surprise me. It definitely has blockbuster quality- which lent itself very well to the battle scenes and the theatricality of the plot and dialogue. Although, I thought it was almost too fast paced. I loved the world and story that she created, and I would have liked more time and detail to really dig into it. Because of the speed of events, I never felt like I got a chance to really know/care about the characters, or believe their relationships. I only got to see the very surface of them, and I can imagine how amazing this story would be if we got even deeper. I wanted so much more out of the heroine, Mare. For the central character of a dystopian/fantasy novel, she doesn’t actually do very much. Everything happens to her, instead of her making things happen, and she’s pretty clueless at times. She has one good moment of power at the end of the book, but otherwise she is pretty one-note. I’m hoping that we will see her take charge in The Glass Sword. Overall, I really liked this book and I am itching to see what happens in the next one!