I’ve heard a lot of positive buzz abut the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. When someone describes the Red Queen as Game of Thrones with Katniss and the X-Men in a tantalizing YA twist of magical perfection, I sit up and read.
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. She risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion. (Dun-DUN- DUUUUN!!!)
I’m disappointed that I saw X (no spoliers here) a mile away. Really? Hasn’t that been done already like a billion times?!?! And while we are introduced to a world that had potential, it remained incredibly basic, bringing nothing particularly new to the YA table. That being said, overall I liked it. The fictional tale of the Red Queen is not an incredibly new premise but it is a fun ride. There are enough plot twists that I did not see coming that made this enjoyable. If really want something original, then this isn’t the book for you and I would recommend Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy instead.