By Victoria Aveyard
Publication date: Feb. 10, 2015
Orion, 320 pages
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.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
— Goodreads.com description
This dystopian/fantasy mix was a bit formulaic, but still quite enjoyable.
Things I enjoyed: Betrayal! I think it’s fun when you don’t know which characters to trust. And I liked how the book got me thinking about some ethical dilemmas — how far is too far? If it’ll help you stop the bad guys, is it okay to torture? To kill?
I also liked the superpowers — very X-Men/Shatter Me.
But, some issues I had: It involves the type of love triangle that, as I wrote in my notes, “grosses you out and you hate but you also sorta get.” Know what I mean? Sigh.
I also didn’t love the book’s title — Red Queen. It misled me into assuming certain things would happen plot-wise, and I kept waiting and waiting, but no dice. And a few plot points (like quickie, too-good-to-be-true disguises) were too far-fetched.
Let’s put it this way: It’s totally readable…but if we were in the bookstore together, I would probably tell you you’re better off reading The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski if you’re in the mood for something like this. (Read my review)