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Series: Red Queen #1
Published by Harpercollins, HarperTeen on February 10, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, High Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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MARE BARROW'S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
It’s been about four months since I read this book, and it’s awesomeness still reverberates in my bones. I’m not exaggerating!
The first thing that ever captivated me with the book is the title itself- “Red Queen”. It made me wonder who is this Red Queen? And another female MC? Yes please. Rock on girls! ha! I am a fan of female-dominated YA fantasy books, call me a sexist whatever haha! I’m not picking a fight with anyone, there’s just something kickass with female first POVs. A toughness behind that sorrowful surface. BTW, I read this in an e-ARC from Harperteen through Edelweiss, my new bestie!
Enough about that, Red Queen is actually about Mare Barrow who lives in a world where society is divided into two- the red blood and silver blood- literally. The Silvers are the elites with supernatural abilities and the Reds are just ordinary humans, so in the society they are the lowliest of them all. The story begins with Mare trying to save her best friend from being sent to serve in the army. This led her to a series of events that led her to the most uncompromising situation where she discovered she also has super abilities, like the Silvers. To try to cover this anomaly, the King made up some story to led the people believe she’s really a Silver and has been a long lost daughter of some important general, and to top it all of, he engaged her to marry his youngest son.
In the castle, there are two Prince who became her ally. Prince Cal, the guy whom she first met while she was still a lowly Red. And Prince Maven, her fiancé. Both are really good and helpful to her. As she sets her life pretending to be someone she’s not, and trying to learn how to control her newfound abilities, Mare is left with the choice of trying to help the Reds or just be content with what she has now? Especially since she’s living a luxurious life and eating food she’s only dreamt of.
The plot twists were absolutely crazy phenomenal. It’s full of intrigue and betrayals and secrets and action-packed stunts that will leave you catching your breath. The villains in the story are found in the form of the actual Queen/King, or maybe the Silver bloods, or maybe their enemy of the war, or maybe the rising Red rebels themselves. The traitors could be anyone! And when the real colors of the people are revealed at the end, you’ll be so surprised or it may also be not a surprise. Depends on how good you guess.
Overall, there’s a bit of love triangle going on here, which is surprisingly not annoying. And the story is just incredible. Set in a fantasy world with a dystopian background. With super abilities and fights for survival kind of theme going on. Red Queen is a series you would not want to miss! I’m so happy I started this one!
Note: A review copy was received in exchange for an honest review. 🙂