Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Reading Group Rating: High Schoolers

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary:Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood?those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own?an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard-the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince-and Mare against her own heart.

Cover: An upside-down crown with red blood dripping from it.  The Red Blood symbolizes Mare and the rest of the people with red blood.  An upside-down crown symbolizes no power.  This cover shows how the reds tried to take away all of the power from the silvers. 

My Review: This novel was very good.  The storyline was very interesting.  I liked the idea of it, someone having to try to be someone else and go against everything she believes.  However, she was pretending to be a silver raised as a red, but when she was in the palace she kept trying to act like a silver.  If a silver was raised as a red, she would act like a red.  I think she tried to hard to be a silver.  Then again, I think it would be easy for someone to try too hard if they were in Mare's position.  It makes sense that she would act the way she did, it was just frustrating for me to read it.  
This book was a little slow for me.  I didn't read it in two days like I have with other books of this size.  It took me a little while to get into, but it was very good.
The only thing I didn't really like about this book was that I wanted her to end up with Cal!  So badly!!!  And I guess there's still hope because there are going to be more books in the series, but I want them to be together.
I feel like this could be a very interesting Book Club book.  You could have great discussions about how even though this novel takes place in the future, there are many moments for it seems that history is repeating itself.  There are arena's where people fight to the death, like ancient Rome.  There is separation by blood color.  Separation is very common throughout history: The Jewish population and the Germans, White people and African-Americans during the Civil War era, and so on.  This book is definitely worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes distopian novels.

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