Thursday, June 15, 2017

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow lives in a world divided by two classes of people. The first are the elites; powerful people, nobility, and royalty with supernatural abilities driven by their silver blood. The second are the lower class; the workforce who are not gifted with special powers, whose blood only runs red. Mare’s blood is red. She lives as a pickpocket with her struggling family in a poor village near the king’s summer home counting down the days until her birthday and conscription, when she will be sent to die in the wars waged (but seldom fought) by the silvers. But fate has other plans for Mare and she soon finds herself thrust into a world beyond her station and a rebellion that is red. Red as the dawn.

This book didn’t move in any of the directions I expected it to. I found myself trying to guess what would come next at every turn. Would Mare find out she was really silver? Or maybe the prince sees her and falls desperately in love with her, despite their social divide. For some reason, I was so caught up trying to guess where the book would go, that every turn caught me off guard. While it followed some of the standard dystopian teen fiction themes, the novel really forged a path of its own and I look forward to continuing this trilogy.

If you enjoy Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, be sure to ready the sequel Glass Sword. Or try out some other popular dystopian books like The Selection by Kiera Cass or Cinder by Marissa Meyer. These titles and many more are available at your local Virginia Beach Public Library Location.

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