This week’s review is based on Victoria Aveyard’s “Red Queen”. The feisty Mare Barrow is a normal, red-blooded, stubborn human just like the rest of us. Yet in this fantasy world that is ruled by a strict king and manipulative queen, being normal is something to be ashamed of. With red blood comes poverty, a consuming daily hunger, common conscription into the army, and, most of all, fear. The lowly Red class is constantly in the shadow of the Silvers. The aristocratic, silver-blooded population are blessed with awe-striking abilities, some of which are fire, lightning or telepathy. But what happens when a Red is discovered to have powers worthy of a Silver? You will have to read the book to find out.
To be perfectly honest, it took me awhile to get around to this book. Not because it didn’t entice me, but because I was hesitant of it’s entire premise. The underlying theme of this tale seemingly reflects the inevitable future of our society. For example, the media often determines who in our complex culture are the “Reds” and who are the “Silvers”. We tend to see more glories of one than the other. It’s present everywhere. For example, in schools it is the star athlete versus the band geek. I was hesitant to read this thrilling story because I felt as though the flaws of our world were revealed chapter by chapter, sentence by sentence, word by word. However, this book also gives me hope. In midst of the scandal, there is tale of a rebellion being led within the kingdom called the “Scarlet Guard” that seeks to change the rules of society. I see bits of that rebellion in our world. The best part is that this is now a remarkable series that will keep you guessing.
If you enjoy a story that keeps the reader enthralled, I completely suggest this be at the top of your TBR pile.
~The Brown-Eyed Bookaholic