Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
About: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power…. (taken from Goodreads)
Malvika N’s (Murphy MS Student) Thoughts: Red Queen was one of my favorite books out of the 2016 Lone Star nominees. There were plot turns that no one would have seen coming (unless someone spoiled it) and the story itself was good. Seemed like a combination of many different series, such as The Selection, Hunger Games, and Divergent combined.
One thing I didn’t like, it was that the main character was slightly undeveloped and the reader did not know much about her. Her character did change through the story but it did not make sense. All in all, this book was great and I would highly recommend it. I would rate it an 8/10.
Anesa A’s Thoughts: This was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy adventure of a book. I will say though that it did take a bit of time for me to really get into this book. I was wildly impressed by the characters. I felt like I knew them and their personalities so well. They each had their great attributes and flaws, they were so descriptive. I really liked the main character, Mare. She’s a bit snarky, smart, and awesome. She makes mistakes, a lot of them, and although she has her low moments, she manages to come back up fighting again. My opinion of Cal varied so much in this book. Maven was such a great guy, I loved him. There’s some romance in this book and although it appears to be a love triangle, it’s really not. I loved how the romance was coupled with the plot, it wasn’t a separate entity, it was infused with with premise. Oh and there’s a bit of a Darkling in this book. Yes. I found that aspect of the book really enjoyable and well-done. Whether you’re a fan of Dystopian, Science Fiction, or Fantasy, there’s definitely something here for you to enjoy.
Nitya L’s Thoughts: In this book, the people in the kingdom of Norta are separated into two groups: those with red blood, and those with silver blood. The ones with silver blood have special powers, ranging from fire to telekinesis. Those with red blood are forced to work as slaves for those with silver blood. Mare has red blood, and believes that she’s normal, until one day when she discovers that she has an ability that only silvers are supposed to have. The king then tries to keep it a secret from the rest of the world, and meanwhile, there’s a terrorist group that keeps threatening the government.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it gave the concept of magic and abilities a really cool twist. I couldn’t really get into the main character, though, because I found her a bit dull. And way too serious. (And WHY does she keep talking in italics? It really ticked me off after a while.) She was okay though, just a little bland in my opinion. Well, she was complicated, but the complicated-ness of her personality was dull, if you get what I mean, and that made her bland. I’m not making any sense, am I? Oh well.
Sometimes, honestly, I wasn’t that into the book, but overall it was good. I loved how the battle(s) weren’t won by dumb luck or stupid power-ups (*cough cough* a certain show I know of) and there were so many plot twists that really kept me on my toes (especially that one…. at the end… which kind of made me really angry but was really interesting at the same time). The characters, all of them, were really confusing and complicated that it was hard to depict their personalities. I feel like the author could have gone a little more in depth with that. (Also, one more thing – is there supposed to be a love TRIANGLE or a love SQUARE? Or is it a love, what, dodecagon? It was confusing. But to avoid spoilers, I won’t say any more.) I would give this book a 9/10, I guess. It wasn’t AMAZING, but it was pretty good.