Sunday, March 20, 2016

From the shelf: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: March 6, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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

My Review: (also in goodreads)

My sister is such a fan of this book even before it actually came out based on the promotions it has at Epic Reads. She finally bought the book and constantly tried to sales talk me into reading it after her. It took about until the 2nd book to come out before she could finally convince me. This is not because I don't like the premise but because of my never ending to be read pile. I finally read the book on the day Victoria Aveyard visited Manila for the book signing event (yes, my sister was ecstatic and fangirling that day but I was busy finishing the book).

This is like a cross between fantasy and the dystopian genre. Aside from someone having superhuman powers, it also depicts the story of oppression from the kingdom. This actually is like the 'Game of Thrones' for young adults. The world is divided into 2 groups: the elite with their silver blood and extraordinary abilities and the common people with their red blood. Like any other kingdom who exalts being elite above everything else because they feel special, it led to the common people finally making a stand. The protagonist Mare Barrow wanted simply to escape the world she lives in but then discovered that she is different. And because of that, instead of running away from the kingdom she is brought into their world through the Queenstrial. In it, she experiences deception at its finest. Anyone can betray anyone. I think this is the theme of the story. 

Everyone was cheering on Team Maven (based on the people in the book signing) but based on the 1st book, I am for Team Cal. But because of circumstances it seems that Cal and Mare will have to wait. Oh, and while reading everything I really badly wanted to strangle Queen Elara so badly...yep she was that effective.

Till the next read...

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