Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 10th 2015 by Orion
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?
First off, congrats to Victoria for Red Queen reaching number 1 on the NYT Bestsellers list. That was some awesome news, and this book really deserves it.
Now I had just come off a Crown of Midnight book hangover when I started reading this, and it was just the book I needed. When I first started reading I was a little worried that it was too predictable. I thought I had it figured out, but man was I so wrong. There are so many twists and turns, shock and surprises in this book and it’s delicious. Up until the epilogue you will be gasping in surprise. Now that I’ve told you that you may think to expect the unexpected, but I guarantee you’ll still be surprised.
It took me a long time to read this book (because of real life things…) and I wish I would’ve taken more notes on it because there was so much at the time I wanted to comment on. There are so many things that knowing the ending I want to look back on and reflect. But the things I wish I would’ve put sticky notes on most of all were the training/fight scenes. The scenes where the silvers got to use their powers on one another because they were just the coolest scenes. Especially Evangeline’s gift to command metal to her will, it was so awesome. All the powers in this book were just really cool, and I am praying that this trilogy gets a film deal just based on the end arena scene. I had to read that one twice because I wanted to burn the images into my mind.
Aveyard did an outstanding job for her debut, and I can’t wait for the sequel! This book is a healthy mix of Shatter Me, Throne of Glass, and The Selection all in one and I loved it. Most of the time reading it I had planned on a 4 star rating, but that ending is just too good so it has to be a 5.