Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published date: 10th February '2015
Genre: fiction, fantasy, YA
My rating: 3/5
Honestly, I don't even know how to rate this book. Can we do it in parts? Like rating certain parts and not the book as a whole? No? Oh well, okay I will stick with the boring traditional version of rating entire books. (There are spoilers ahead because this is more like a rant, so if you haven't read this book, this might not be for you.)
The plot was certainly very good. It was amazing, I loved the storyline.
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.
I especially liked the abilities that the Silvers possessed:
Telky – Silvers who possess telekinesis, an ability that allows them to influence a physical object without physical interaction.
Strong-Arm – who possess superhuman strength
Whisper – who can read and control the minds of anyone
Magnetron – who can manipulate metal.
Shadows – They can become invisible by manipulating the light around themselves.
There are also many others, but these are a few that I remember right now.
However, I feel like the execution wasn't done well enough. The characters and her writing style lacked a lot of things. I, for one thing, didn't become a fan of her style because I felt like it was very repetitive. She emphasized on trivial things MUCH more than was needed.
Moreover, there was a little bit of Game of Thrones, The Selection and Divergent hidden beneath the lines. And I really don't like reading revised storylines. For me, the first part in a series makes it or breaks it!
GOT: The different houses (House Samos, House Provos, House Gliacon) was all too similiar to Houses in GOT (House Arryn, Greyjoy, Frey or Tully)
The Selection: Mare was chosen from all the poor commoners and pushed right into royalty and then got stuck between two boys.
Divergent: she was different from everyone, a mixture of both Red and Silver. (You see Tris, right there?)
Now let's see the characters.
When I was reading The Selection, I thought that no one can be more annoying than America Singer. I was soooo wrong! Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you Mare Barrow. The Queen of all the annoying characters who ever existed in the history of annoying characters.
First she thought life sucks. She hated how she was always hungry and miserable, and how the silvers were living a perfectly luxurious life. Now when she has powers, she wished her problems would go back to just being about hunger.
From the start, she is very judgmental about everything. One minute, she hates the silvers. She also dislikes Cal and repeatedly tells herself how much he's a monster and like the rest of them, but then at the same time "she finds the warmth in him" that makes no sense. I understand that he saved her, so naturally she may have a soft spot for him but that doesn't mean he LOVES her. He could be a good friend, a caring friend, someone who wants to look after her because he feels guilty. (He was the one to bring her into the palace and then she suffered for it.) A person can never feel warmth from a person even if there is a tiny bit of hate there. If that wasn't enough, she went forward and kissed him!! Over here, it's not just hatred of a person. She hates his existence, his being, they WAY he is BORN. She is telling herself how wrong he is, and at the same time she is kissing him! (Did I mention how she is bethroted to Cal's younger brother? Oh yes, can you see the love triangle emerging that I hate so much?!) And after the deed is done, it's not necessary to emphasize this point SO MUCH.
Even though it makes my skin crawl, I reach out to touch Cal’s shoulder. He kissed me once. He might still listen when I speak.
The others stare at me with a strange mix of emotions, their eyes wide— and afraid. Cal, the boy I kissed, the soldier, the brute, can’t hold my gaze at all.
Her feelings for Cal were so confusing. I honestly just wanted to slap her through the book.
(Umm, what?! She was bethroted to Maven the day she came into the palace, so she knew she never stood a chance with Cal. Where does "wanting everything he could give me" comes from??? Her feelings were never this intense.) She never thought about marrying him and she never had romantic thoughts about him either because in the entire book she was convincing herself that he is just like the rest of them. Then why is she acting as if he was her ex-boyfriend? Oh oh oh, she was also jealous of the thought of Evangeline with Cal but I'll cut her some slack there, because Evangeline was a major bitch.
Another thing. Victoria Aveyard made sure anyone who read this book would end up hating the word "warmth". Atleast I did. Every time Mare could feel the warmth of Cal's eyes on her, or the warmth of Maven's arms around her or Shade's warmth enveloping her, I was like:
It was so irritating to see her being drawn to people she hated. I get the concept of opposites attracting, but over here, she literally loathed them. And yet, she could feel herself enjoying the attention from both of them. (Have I already mentioned that? Oh God, am I being repetitive tooo?! Ugh too much of Red Queen!)
You all must be wondering how the hell does this book STILL gets a 3-star rating?
Well, that's because:
- The cover is amazing! When this book first came out in 2015, I bought it without even reading the synopsis. (I've never understood the phrase "never judge a book by its cover" better.)
- I do like the story-line, you know. The whole abilities thing that I've explained above. That's pretty cool shit. (I would LOVE to be a Whisper)
- Maven's betrayal! Aaaah, that was pretty awesome. Even though, I read spoilers and knew that the betrayal was coming, the execution of that scene (quite literally too, haha) was done brilliantly!
- At the end, this book does leaves me wanting for more. I really want to know what happens to Cal and Mare now.
On a side note, is it weird that I was imagining Cersei as Queen Elara and Joffrey as Prince Maven? :p (I think that's because of the betrayal though)
So there it is guys! *Rant over*
What do you guys think about the book? Feel free to agree or disagree with me. It is a book review, hence not everyone will end up having the same opinion about it. Let me know in the comments below!
-Happy Reading! xx