Friday, 30 January 2015

Review - Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 320
Publisher: Orion
Release date: 10th February 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

2.5 stars

Mare Barrow lives in a world where people are either Reds or Silvers. Reds have red blood and are poor. Silvers have silver blood, extraordinary powers and rule over the Reds.
Unable to get a job, Mare picks pockets knowing that she doesn't have long before she will be conscripted into the army.
Mare is shocked when she somehow manages to get a job at the summer palace. Then Mare learns that she has a dangerous power, despite not being a Silver. Stuck in a deadly game, Mare must be careful if she wants to stay alive.

This was, unfortunately, a disappointing read.
While Mare was an okay protagonist and I understood her feelings towards the Silvers, I didn't feel that I fully connected with her. None of the other characters stood out particularly except maybe Julian.
The plot was predictable, VERY predictable and it felt like I had read the story before. I started losing interest towards the end and didn't really care what happened.
While the idea of people having different coloured blood was intriguing we never learned much about how that came about and I would have liked to know more.
I'm not sure if I will continue with the series.

Overall I found Red Queen, unfortunately, disappointing and very predictable.