May 3, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
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*Published January 1, 2016*
I have read this book once before, but it’s been a while and the reason I’m reading it is because some friends at work noticed that I was doing the traveling book project on Tumblr and they liked the idea, so decided that we should do a library-centric one. Red Queen was one that someone else in the group wanted us to read and annotate so that’s why I’m rereading it.
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.
I think what I enjoyed most about this book, and what I enjoyed about it the first time around was the major twist in the story. It wasn’t something that I was expecting the first time, and I even forgot about it this time around because of how long it has been since I had first read it. It’s not a unique twist, but it is a twist that I was not expecting nonetheless.
Overall, this was a good book. I like the idea of the separation of people being bridged by someone who has traits of both people. It is a cliché that is used frequently in the young adult genre, but Red Queen, in my opinion, did a fantastic job of fleshing it out. It does leave the book on a slight cliff-hanger, which makes sense as it’s the first book in a series and it wants you to keep reading, but I don’t think it’s a book I will keep reading.
What do you think of genre clichés? Do they mostly work, or do they mostly fail? Comment below and let me know!