Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

In the world of Norta, citizens are divided by the color of their blood. The Silvers: elite and gifted with unthinkable powers. The Reds: poor, futures uncertain, valued only for what they are able to give the Silvers.

Mare knows exactly who she is and what it means. She is not skilled like her sister--Mare picks pockets to make money. She is not gifted like the Silvers, and without a job, she is doomed to fight in a war she cares little about. Mare knows what her life will be like. She knows the life that all Reds are doomed to live.

At least, she thought she did.

Brought to the palace by happenstance, Mare stumbles into the truth of her blood. In the presence of hundreds, she makes a shocking discovery. Somehow, she is swept into the world of the Silvers she hates. She must play pretend, say the right words, and learn their customs. Her life and the lives of the people she loves depend on how well she can guard her mind and hide her heart.

I tried to read this one just after finishing Scarlet, and since they're both about thieves, it was tricky to separate them. I put it down and decided to come back to it later. Boy am I glad that I did! This book was everything you want in a YA novel--action, intrigue, pretty dresses.

Although somewhat predictable and at times a little drawn out for my taste, I nevertheless was invested in Mare as a character and I loved the world that Aveyard builds for her. Mare is an interesting, compassionate, but imperfect protagonist. I liked her for her wit as well as her heart.

I'm keeping this review short because I'm late to the game on this series and quite sure that there are many others who have reviewed this novel much better than I could ever do. Enjoy!

© 2017, Copyright Miriam Braud.  

While I try to post content warnings if I, personally, identify anything that I think is not appropriate for my students who range in age from 11-14, I recommend that all content is perused by parents to ensure that the individual and unique values of each family is upheld.

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