Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    In a world where blood determines both your ability and your options, Mare Barrow’s red blood marks her family and friends as grist for the silver war machine. When her friend Kilorn faces conscription into the army, Mare seeks a way to save him from the war. In her desperation, she attempts to steal from a patron of the local tavern, he catches her, and then he sets her free. The next day she receives a summons to the silver summer palace where the ruling class controls the kingdom. Mare embraces her role as a servant until a bizarre accident reveals secret powers she never knew she possessed. This public display of her power forces the ruling silvers to pass her off as one of their own in an attempt to disguise the truth. As she adjusts to castle life as a sliver, she finds herself torn between two silver princes and between her loyalties to her red relatives and the silvers she gradually befriends.

    Evaluation:
    I liked the many twists and turns in this book; the plot delivered plenty of action and excitement. That said, it would have been nice if Mare’s character were more developed at the beginning of the book. Why do all the boys seem drawn to her? What makes her special? What sets her apart from her red equals and even her silver “superiors”? When she first discovered her powers, I had a hard time understanding what happened to her. What could she do exactly? Why? This confusion probably put me in the same boat as Mare, but I still don’t understand her nebulous ability. If I found Mare more sympathetic or relatable, I would have enjoyed the book even more. Recommended for fans of dystopian fantasy.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: Divergent, The Young Elites, Red Rising, The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, Game of Thrones

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