Thursday, January 7, 2016

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Summary:  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.  (Summary and image from

Review:  Do you remember the Grinch's dance when he comes up with his ingenious idea to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville?  I am not even ashamed to admit that I may have done that selfsame dance when I discovered this book.  I am ashamed, however, to admit that it came to my attention through one of those Buzzfeed quizzes Which YA Book Should You Read for your Astrological Sign?.  I know.  I went through the entire quiz (I've been down a lot lately), added every book to my To-Read list, and then requested the lot.  Some were absolute stinkers.  Some were decent.  This one?  I've got a series to be giddy about!

Mare's life isn't fair.  She has no skills (unless you count being an excellent pickpocket a skill), no apprenticeship, and adulthood is fast approaching.  No one likes growing up, but in Mare's world, adulthood means being sent to the Wars -- and very few people return.  She fears for her future, for her family, and for her best friend, and one night unburdens her soul to a kind (and really cute) stranger in the town pub. To her astonishment, the next morning she is summoned to serve the ruling family and nothing is the same.  

I am dying for more books in this series to come out.  From what I understand, there are humans and what could have been benevolent aliens who now rule Earth ... and all humans. As Silverbloods, they have supernatural powers, like the ability to control metal, the earth, wind, fire, even the air, and more.  Humans can't compete with that, can they?  Enter Mare, who is thoroughly human.  She's as red-blooded as she can be, and she can control electricity.  Unfortunately, she discovers that at the same time as everyone else, and is thrust into a world of lies, deception, politics, and rebellion.  Betrothed to one prince, but is she falling for the other?  Or for the one she's been told to marry?

Ave yard's take on the dystopian trope is fresh.  She has such an easy voice, but her story telling is fast.  Lightning fast.  This is one of those fun, easy reads that just grabs you by the shirt and doesn't let go.  I love those books!

Rating: 4.5 stars

For the Sensitive Reader: Some kisses, some murders.  Betrayal of the worst kind.

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