10th February 2015
Red Queen Trilogy #1
Why I read it:
It was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015.
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
I’m having a major book hangover because of this book. I don’t know where to start! This book follows a society where Silver-Bloods rule whereas Red-Bloods are the slaves, and serve. They’re currently in war with another Silver-Bloods nation and more Reds are falling day by day. The Reds are kept in really bad condition when the Silvers enjoy all the pleasures. A typical dystopian novel where the weaker class rebels against the ruling class to make their living somewhat better. But wait. The Silvers have superpowers like telekinesis, manipulating metal, earth, water, having extra strong hands, etc.
So when a Red is found out having powers in front of all the High Houses, and its impossible to kill her off, the Royal Queen and King decide to lie and make her one of them. The events which follow are completely action packed and interesting. I’d like to know more about certain places mentioned in the book, just mentioned. The love triangle (?) was a bit annoying cause it was pretty evident who Mare, the protagonist liked, and was outright naive. The other two main characters Cal and Maven were interesting. The Queen was a bitch, obviously. The King didn’t seem to make an appearance much. Mare’s family is what we can connect to. The Reds are the people we connect with, and the Silvers are the people who were cold and calculating. The rebellion was the best thing she could believe could happen, and so she joined up. The training and magic part was the best, as well as the ending because the plot twists everywhere were okay, but the last one literally blew my mind!
There was info dumping in the start, but which series doesn’t have that? And this time, I realize I didn’t mind it at all. The action kept me wanting more and I couldn’t stop. I have not read Red Rising by Pierce Brown or the Selection, but I’ve heard fans of those books will enjoy this book since it has many similarities.
This is the true division between Silvers and Reds: the color of our blood. This simple difference somehow makes them stronger, smarter, better than us.
I’ll teach you what it’s like to know fear.
The gods rule is still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.
It is impossible. It is foolish. It is our best chance.
I guess causing pain is all I’m good for.
We’re objects up there, living statues meant to serve.
What my people are doing to you and yours is wrong to the deepest levels of humanity. Oppressing you, trapping you in an endless cycle of poverty and death, just because we think you are different from us? That is not right.
What I need and what I want are two very different things.
As beautiful as this world is, it’s just as dangerous. People who are not useful, people who make mistakes, they can be removed.
To look powerful is to be powerful.
There is nothing wrong with being different.