Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

by:  Victoria Aveyard
published by:  Orion
publish date:  February 10, 2015

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.  To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.  Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

In this book the world is divided in to Reds and Silvers.  The Silvers are the ruling elite and the Reds exist basically to serve them.  The Silver Prince likes to survey his future holdings so he goes into the Red territory undercover and meets Mare.  He's so moved by the story of her life that he gets her a job in the palace.  Through a series of crazy events Mare finds out that she is of both Red and Silver blood and maybe be the most powerful of all.

So this book is kind of your typical YA.  The somewhat unwilling female lead of a revolution.  There was a love triangle of sorts.  The beginning of the book had a lot of scenes that I felt were unnecessary to the overall story.  They kind of bogged things down in the first quarter of the book and unless they were set up for other books in the series, they should have been taken out.   And very much like a typical YA, it's part of a series/trilogy.

I liked this book alright.  Kari didn't like it.  I can see arguments on both side of the case.  The first book was ok, but I doubt I'll continue with this series.  

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