SPOILER FREE REVIEW
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.com):
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Page Count: 444
Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
As with many series and trilogies, this book has fallen prey to the second book curse. Which was disappointing, because I love this series so much! Red Queen started with a bang, and I felt like something was missing from this book – but I’m not sure as to what that is. However! There were many things that I loved about this book.
Lets start with plot. I think this is where the book fell a little flat for me. This is another series that follows a revolutionary theme, which I did have issues with initially. I can’t begin to tell you how many revolution themed series/trilogies I have sitting on my bookshelf. But, there was something different about this story that made me not hate the theme as much – the characters actually had conscious guilt about what was happening. Yes, they were driven to make a change for the better, but they were also thinking about the consequences of their actions and how they weren’t much better than the people who lead them to this situation. There was a level to humanity that I hadn’t previously seen in a young adult novel before, which left me wishing I could see it in more YA novels. Otherwise, the book had great pacing, even if it was boring at times.
The characterization found in this story is something that all writers to strive for. Take Mare, for instance. She’s our main character, our heroine, but she has many flaws and that caused many conflicts for her in this story. It was refreshing to see a hero who was not happy about what they were doing; rather, she showed how human Mare really is. She struggled with the situation she was in, the situation she is in, and played off of that beautifully. The reader saw both character growth in Mare, and her cracking beneath the pressure that she was placed under. She was more three dimensional – she was human.
When it comes to writing characters, Aveyard is a master.
Because of Aveyard’s past in screen writing, her story could very easily be translated over into a movie screen. That idea propels her world building to be stronger than seen in most freshly debuted authors and adds another factor of uniqueness into her story. I know it leaves me wanting to see more from this series! She has me hooked, and I can’t wait to see what her series has in store for us!
Red Queen (Series)
“No one is born a monster. But I wish some people were. It would make it easier to hate them, to kill them, to forget their dead faces.”
― Victoria Aveyard,