Series: Red Queen #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 10th 2015
Number of Pages: 383
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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 ...
(No actual spoilers I don’t think! I’m discussing the love interests a bit, but I don’t think I’ve given anything away.)
I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this book, but all my friends kept raving about it. I was afraid it would end up too much like The Selection, which I didn’t like so much. I’m glad I finally read it! It was a lot better than I thought it would be.
I loved Mare. Her interactions with her family, as well as the Silvers were great. And the intrigue and twists! I thought she was going to end up with the crown prince, because that’s how 99.9% of these stories go if a prince is met, right? And then she ends up being betrothed to Maven (his younger brother) instead. I was like, okay, well she’s still going to end up with Cal because he’s the crown prince, right? But then I started really liking Maven and it didn’t look as much like Mare was really going to end up with Cal. Only she had some sweet moments with him, so maybe it was still possible?
But then there was also her childhood friend Kilorn, who seemed like he was crushing on Mare. And suddenly I had no idea who she was going to actually end up with! By the end of the book I’d changed my ship at least 3 times. *nods* All that said, the romance wasn’t THE theme. It was mostly politics, intrigue and twists. The love bits just happened along the way.
I also really liked the magic we got to see. The Silvers can do all these really neat and scary things. Though each one only has one power, and the power tends to run in families. But they’re all so arrogant and cold. They treat the Reds as beneath them, and don’t care that the Reds are living in poverty. They think the Reds WANT to live that way, not giving any thought to the fact that the Reds live that way because the Silvers MAKE them live that way.
Which of course then leads to the rebels. I liked the leader, and I really liked how the techs managed to fool the Silvers about some things.
I loved Mare’s little sister, and I just knew there would be some really awesome twist with her brother. So that didn’t surprise me at all when it happened.
So the short/condensed version of this review: If you haven’t read this yet, you should. I can hardly wait til the next book comes out.