Red Queen


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve chosen not to include the book summary from the website or the book so as not to spoil anything for you.  I’m sure I had read the summary at one point, but the cover itself was enough to draw me in.  Having finished the book and only briefly glancing at the summary I feel as if it contains things that spoil the story and take away from the excitement and the roller coaster ride of the plot.

Mare Barrow lives in a society divided by more than just class.  Mare belongs to the group known as the Reds.  Given this title for the color of their blood, being known as a Red is a mark and a shame to some.  Red’s are human, without power and born into slavery.  They are born to serve the Silvers, also known for the color of their blood.  Silver’s are gods, gifted with unique powers.

p.11 “In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands.  Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that.  The gods rule us still.  They have come down from the stars.  And they are no longer kind.”

Red’s are conscripted into the army at the age of 18.  The only way to avoid this is to be an apprentice for a job.  Mare’s three older brothers have all been sent to fight in the war.  With her 18th birthday looming and being known only for being a thief she knows what her future holds.  When her friend Kilorn suddenly finds himself without a job only months before his 18th birthday, Mare will do anything to save them both.  Mare is offered a grand job at the Silver’s palace and an opportunity arises to save her family and friend.  The cost, however; could be her life.

Red Queen is a mixture of dystopian fantasy with a throw back to monarchy structure and an X-Men twist.  The “X-Men” theme of powers has become very popular lately and I must say I am a fan.  The idea toys with our imaginations and breathes life to the possibility of super powers.  I’m sure many of us have thought at one time or another of having some sort of quality or power to give us strength, intelligence and even some adventure.

Victoria Aveyard struck gold with Red Queen.  It is an easy read that is captivating from start to finish.  Her novel is perfectly timed for the ever popular YA novel turned film.  The film industry ever searching for the next Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games…  With talks already in the works of turning Red Queen into a film, we eagerly await for the following books in the series and the exciting green light to the film project.

If this seems like your type of book this is a must read.  I can understand if you were to choose to wait awhile to read it though.  We all know the YA structure when it comes to books and movies.  The books will be released a year apart.  The First film will be released closer to the release of the last book, and each film will continue on with the yearly schedule with the industry hoping for that box office surge that causes final film splits and a further extension.

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