Book Review: Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Source: library

Format: audio book

Narrator: Amanda Dolan

In a world where people are divided by the color of their blood, Mare Barrow, a Red, is a commoner, a thief, and dreading her upcoming birthday when she will be old enough to be conscripted into the raging war. Then, a freak accident reveals that she has abilities like those with silver blood, the ability to control electricity. Now, the “Little Lightning Girl” is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand. Forced into a betrothal with the young prince Maven and live in the castle masquerading as a Silver. Determined to do good, she joins forces with a militant group of Red rebels and learns that the world she thought she knew is filled with deceit and betrayal.

This was an okay book. It wasn’t the best, and there were many times it reminded me of other YA dystopian books. The world of the Silvers was brutal and unpleasant. I couldn’t even understand why they’d want to live in this world they’d created. The Reds were miserable and defeated. The Scarlet Guard was vaguely interesting. I do have to say the book lulled me into a false sense of security and managed to surprise me a little. The romances were fine in that they served the plot and the intrigue and weren’t just there for romance sake. But, overall, I was kind of underwhelmed with it all. It was okay. I probably won’t be reading the rest.

Two out of five stars