Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title Red Queen
Series Red Queen
Author Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis

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.

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“Anyone can betray anyone.”

So this is another X-men fanfiction ? Hell yeah ! There’re many novels recently give me the feeling as if I’m watching the marvel cinematic universe, such as Shatter Me, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and this Red Queen is no exception at all. Mare is Red. She is a girl. She is Pikachu trying to escape her fate to fall into the silver dynasty. They can’t kill her or make her disappear. So they use her, they disguise her as a red wearing a silver cloak.

However, I have a question about Mare with her ability being so similar to many figures I’ve seen.

Is Mare’s power the same as Storm from X-men ?

Lincoln from SHIELD ?

Electro from Spiderman ?

Or Pikachu ?

Hahaha. I have no idea at all.

It is interesting enough to boost me up through this book, even if I’ve seen many plot holes and so many errors in these characters. I’ve ignored it because the whole story is exciting as riding roller coasters. And I nearly vomitted at the climax in the end of this book.

“I’ll make the other scream for you, Mare, every last one. Not just your parents. Not just your siblings. But every single one like you. I’m going to find them, and they will die with you in their thoughts, knowing this is the fate you have brought them. I am the king and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.”

So my problem with this book is I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the dialogues or the characters’ deeds, that left me at somewhere between ‘kinda liked it’ and ‘being impassive’. I must say this, Red Queen isn’t bad, but it’s up to your taste to be capable of getting into the depth of the story. The writing style is hard to get into at first and the story is pretty boring I almost fell asleep once. Anyway, the middle woke me up and then I couldn’t stop reading it like I took a pill that activated my brain. A lot to catch up. A lot to whimper. A lot to swoon over. Can you see it ? If you can put up with the first part of this book, all the rest will blow your mind like nothing can.

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

Will I read Glass Sword next ? Yes ! But not so soon. Now I’m detoxing some feelings out of my brain before I read the next one. I want to be 100% ready, if the worst part comes in the second installment.

Talking about the characters. I like Cal, but his personality always sways into two directions that I can’t follow, so I let him slip out of my mind and askew my attention to Kilorn. And oh please, Victoria, don’t let him be another Gale from The Hunger Games. I won’t accept that conclusion at any cost. And Maven ? (view spoiler)

“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”

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