Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
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.
This book is about an oppressed race of people, the Reds (their blood is red and there’s nothing “special” about them) beginning their fight against their superiors and oppressors, the Silvers (their blood is silver and they have special abilities). I’m a fan of caste systems. I’m also a fan of super powers. I’m a fan of rebellion. Betrayal. Twists. Turns.
I liked the idea of the Reds vs. Silvers. I liked the explanation that the Silvers evolved and the Reds didn’t. I really enjoyed learning about all the different things Silvers could do: from moving things with their minds to controlling water and flame to being able to bend metal to their will. There were a lot of cool abilities. And that’s pretty much where the good stopped for me.
There were so many inconsistencies in this book. Please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed this. For example, a character talks about she used to beat this kid up before they became friends. Then, later in the book she says something like “he was always stronger than me.” Maybe I’m just being nitpicky, but this wasn’t the only inconsistency I found and it really drove me crazy.
I also found the character development to be lacking. To be honest, I didn’t care about any of these characters. The main character, Mare, was a bit too perfect for me. She feels like she’s been living in the shadow of her sister and that’s kind of her “flaw” so to speak, but after pointing it out once or twice, then she seems fine and she’s just good at everything. Like when she first goes to the palace and no one has to tell her what to do. She just starts doing her job. I don’t get it. I would be a blubbering mess.
The romance was all kinds of screwed up. There was a love box. Yep, you read that right. Three guys vying for the attention of one girl. Come on. Seriously? The one was major insta-love. And the other two were bland and boring. One had potential, but was trying too hard. I just can’t ship any of these.
And then there were the so-called twists that I saw coming from the very first page. Nothing surprised me. Nothing shocked me. This whole book was pretty transparent. One of my favorite things about reading is the shock factor, when an author can take me completely by surprise so this was pretty disappointing to me.
The ending kind of sort of redeemed the book a little. It got exciting and tense and I was definitely flying through the pages to see how the characters were going to get themselves out of the precarious situation they were in. But it wasn’t enough to change my overall opinion of this book. Because the truth is, I wanted to put it down at 50%, but as we all know, I’m terrible at quitting books. I won’t be continuing this series, that’s for sure. Disappointing from such a highly hyped-up book. Maybe that was the problem?
Have you read this one yet? Tell me what you thought! Did you notice the inconsistencies? How did you feel about the love box? Did you see the twists coming?