Red Queen is a fantasy/dystopian book written by Victoria Aveyard. I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard about it in 2014 and this autumn I found it in our local book store in paperback. During 2015 it has gotten a lot of praise and Victoria Aveyard was voted Best Debut Author 2015 on goodreads.
In Red Queen the society is divided into classes depending on which kind of blood you’ve got, red or silver. The silvers have magical abilities or powers and they are the upper class that rule the country. Reds are commoners and either work or fight in the army. They really don’t have a lot to say and can just hope that they get to keep their jobs.
We get to follow Mare, a red girl, as she by mistake (or luck?) displays these magical powers she shouldn’t have, and didn’t know she had. This gets her entangled in the very highest of classes, the royals. She poses as a silver, but red at heart she joins the rebellion as well. And of course there’s romance in this story as well and the plot line really takes a spin at the end!
This book was a easy and fun read. It was filled with action, fighting, plots and politics, romance, and magical elements. It has a good mix of all the things a fantasy/dystopian young adult novel usually contains. It was entertaining and I’ll probably read the second book as well, called “Glass Sword”. It’s written from a first person perspective which makes it very easy to read. On the back it was described by another reviewer as a mix of the Hunger Games, the Selection, Graceling and Divergent, and I have to agree with the quote. I haven’t read Graceling, but it really was like a mix of those three books that I have read. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I finished it in a day or two.
Oh my! The cover design!
Great concept, excellent execution, love the blood which is embossed on the paperback. The upside down crown with the red blood is really cool! I really can’t say any more. It just looks great!
I also want to comment on the map inside the book. I love books with maps but this map is not a good one. Sure it does it’s job, but it has too little contrast and it’s hard to take a quick glance at it. You really need to pause and look in order for the different countries not to melt together and for the tiny text to be readable.