Review: Red Queen
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. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
“I'm finally learning my lesson. Anyone can betray anyone.”
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a couple of years now. I first saw this book when I was in one of those little airport convenience stores while waiting for my flight to board and I remember thinking about how beautiful the cover was and that I wanted to read it based on the cover alone. Well, I’m happy to finally be getting through my TBR list and I couldn’t read this book fast enough.
While I feel like a lot of YA dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi is more or less the same, it’s the subplots, the characters and all of the little things that make them different. For Red Queen, I loved how it felt like X-Men meets (an incredibly tame) Game of Thrones.
Mare is a likable MC who bears the weight of the world on her shoulders so that her loved ones don’t have to. She’s selfless yet strong and although I wish she wouldn’t blame herself for everything that goes wrong, that just seems to be the nature of female leads in YA.
On to the next!