Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen 
Series: Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion Books 
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Format: Hardcover 

Page Count: 383


The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (taken from

Let me preface this review by saying that my expectations for Aveyard's debut were ridiculously high. After hearing so much praise for this novel, I couldn't help but prepare myself for something epic. As a result, I was a little disappointed by Mare and her story. I know, I know, I must be crazy... but guys, I just didn't love it. 

I've already seen this idea of a caste system coded by colors like red and silver in books like Red Rising, so this didn't strike me as particularly original. Similarly, Mare is your typical sassy heroine. Her retorts stem from a place of rebelliousness and immaturity rather than real fight. I couldn't help but shake my head at her every now and then. The other characters are pretty bland as well, falling into your classic stereotypes (the hot leader, the sweet love interest, the protective best friend, etc.). Seriously, this Mare girl has like three love interests, and the entire time she's basically oblivious. What. 

The writing is quality, I'll give you that. Aveyard's descriptions of the Silver world were interesting. She definitely has potential, and that more than anything kept me reading. I also kept clinging to the hope that I would come to love the book like so many other bloggers do. Although I never fell head over heels, I found myself enjoying the story enough to keep going.

Having picked on much of the novel, I want to make it clear that I didn't hate Red Queen. Heck, I didn't even dislike it. It just didn't measure up to my expectations. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll get around to picking up the sequel once it comes out. However, I am excited to see it adapted as a movie. Maybe Mare's character will come across in a more likable manner on film. Even if it doesn't, I have a feeling the intense fight scenes and world-building will make up for it. At least, I hope it will. 

Am I alone in my thoughts on this one?