Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1) ★★★☆☆
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Mare lives in a world where the colour of your blood matters. Those with Red blood, are the commoners. Those of a certain age are sent off to war. Everybody else just needs to try an get food on the table. The country is ruled by the Silver blooded, who all have different types of superpowers. One day while working in the Palace, the world discovers that Mare (a red) is also in possession of powers.
This received a lot of hype on blogs and booktube when it was released last year. But there were soon mixed reviews coming out, mostly describing the book as cliche and full of tropes. And I agree with this – in part.
The first 75% of the story is fairly predictable if you’ve read a lot of Young Adult stories. The ‘chosen one’ taken in by the ‘elite’ who disagrees with the class divisions in their world. But it was a fun story non the less, and I still would have rated it 3/5 stars.
But what makes this story much more memorable, an ensures that I will return to the series for the sequel, was the ending. It really stood out to me and definitely felt new an interesting. I couldn’t put the book down for the last 25%. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go!