Book Reviews, Dystopian
The red queen
Hooks
Intrigue
Originality

Summary: There are no new stories, but that doesn't mean the old ones can't get a face lift.

4.3

One of the best first chapters I've read in a long time

User Rating: 2.7 (1 votes)

Spoiler: this is basically Cinderella meets Hunger Games meets meets Xmen.

Or as one reviewer says,

I couldn’t help but notice and compare this book to a ton of other YA books (I thought of The Selection, Divergent, Hunger Games, even Harry Potter while I was reading).

I don’t think it’s a big deal if The Red Queen reminds us of other bestselling books that we love. It is kind of annoying to see all the bestselling books telling the same 10 stories over and over, with less and less originality. I could sum up the plot of EVERY young adult book and be right 50% of the time with something like this:

“Rags to riches story where poor girl has to discover her powers and her true place in the world and lead a revolution and probably end up with a prince.”

But ignore all of that – because this book is good. I can skim first chapters all day long and rarely be motivated to continue reading. There are just too many books. So this book is a winner just because the first few chapters are exciting and heart breaking and tragic. So much meaning and emotion immediately. It’s well done.

Red Queen


Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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