Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen(Book #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: February 10th, 2015
“Rise, red as the dawn.”
I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Red Queen before going into it, so I had very low expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The main criticism I have heard about this novel is the similarities between it and The Hunger Games and Red Rising. I definitely saw a lot of the similarities. But, I loved both Hunger Games and Red Rising, and I found that I didn’t really mind the tropes. It was more funny to identify all the references I noticed.
“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”
My one of my favorite parts of the book was how Victoria Aveyard wrote the romance. Ladies and Gentleman, this is a romance done correctly. A lot of people hate love triangles, but I actually think this is one of the more successfully executed love polygons. We had a strong, independent woman who stood for her beliefs and didn’t compromise them for any guy. However, she could fall in love. Just because there is other stuff going on in you life, doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love. Additionally, there was the perfect balance between our female protagonist’s “greater cause” and her romantic life. She wasn’t obsessing over guys during crucial life-and-death situations, but she wasn’t completely devoid of feelings.
“I see a world on the edge of a blade. Without balance, it will fall.”
I really enjoyed the characters that Aveyard created. At first, I didn’t really like Mare’s family, but when we met the rest of her characters, I loved the complexity behind each character and was actually able to connect with some of them.
The world building was okay. It wasn’t very fleshed out, but I liked the magic system (powers) that Aveyard included. They were really interesting and creative!
“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”
The plot was semi-predictable, but I didn’t predict some of the really big twists that occurred. The second half of the book hurt my heart, tore it out and ripped it to shreds. I actually threw my phone across the room (my e-book reader). The novel ended with a perfect set-up for book 2 and conclusion to book 1. I want Glass Sword to come out as soon as possible!
What did you all think about Red Queen? I know there are a lot of differing opinions, so I want to hear them all!