Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
Not going into a full review on this since I don’t feel it would be fair since I didn’t finish the book. I did read the majority of this book and I peaked at the end to see the big twist people talk about but it wasn’t enough to keep me going.
I have no idea why I couldn’t get into this book, but it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it but I was really getting bored and could feel myself not wanting to read. Even though I didn’t finish – it still managed to throw me into a slump for a couple of weeks. The plot was fine, not original, but fine. The characters were weak, from what I saw of it. I hope they developed more later. I couldn’t stand the main character, Mare. She was whiny and unpleasant, even when there was no reason. Even when something was going right for her, she found a reason to be rude and whine about it. If I don’t connect even slightly with the main protagonist than there isn’t much point in going on. She just wasn’t someone I was rooting for really and I think that was a big problem.
The writing was fine. The book felt like a mash-up of a lot of other books I’ve read in the past but it wasn’t a complete copycat or anything. I would give Victoria Aveyard’s writing another try, just not with this series. I decided on two stars because the writing wasn’t awful and I really have to hate a book to give it one star. Not something I would personally recommend but it’s a popular one so I may be in the minority here.