This book is so effing hard to review.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a wonderful example of a well created fantasy world in which there is conflict, love, battles, plot twists, and castes.
Think of this as a crazy mix up between Divergent, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Graceling. Power is decided by birth and your lot in life is based on the color of your blood. If you are not successful as a Red, you are sent into a decades long battle that you have no investment in.
Ok, let's start with something simple. The cover is stark and perfect for this book. There are only two colors and that reflects the whole theme of what is going on. Even though the red part of it has a certain disgusting syrupy look to it, the message is effective.
Mare steals to survive and when she is caught by the wrong person, her life gets flipped upside down in an unprecedented way. She was originally slotted to become part of the military, like her brothers. She was going to live and die by what the Silvers wanted for her. Mare had no purpose to them. She was a pawn. She was part of their game. Until...
“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again."
This book is effing magical. It has everything that a book lover would want. I adored the way that the characters are written and there is no doubt in my mind that some of the characters are truly evil. Mare is a character with depth and when she is suddenly thrust into the world of court intrigue, what could have once been a romantic story transforms into a story of betrayal, inner strength and looking over your shoulder.
Cal and Mason are foils to each other and they play it well. Cal is overconfident with his powers but has a heart of gold. He believes in what he does and knows that someday, he has to take control of the entire kingdom. Talk about pressure. Mason has the typical younger brother complex where he feels ignored by not only his parents, but also the kingdom. Who cares about the second in line to the throne when the first is perfectly healthy?
|Only exception to the rule|
But you know what is the best thing about this book? There is not one character that is perfect. There isn't somebody that is immune to the struggles and intrigue. Everybody plays a role whether they want to or not.
"Anyone can betray anyone."
"The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind."
"The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain."
I remember when I was starting Game of Thrones, a friend laughed and said "Don't get attached to anyone." The same goes for this book. Everybody will break your heart.
But that doesn't mean don't read it. Go get it. Now. Right now. It will make your day.
Sorry this isn't a more in depth review but this is all I can say about it right now.