Anyone can betray anyone.
Published: February 10, 2015
Pages: 383 (Hardcover)
Series: Red Queen #1
“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
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. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
So I know I’m a little late with the read for this one, it’s been around for over two years now and I’ve put off reading this book for no real reason. After going through what I call my “mystery phase” I decided I needed a little magic, romance and action in my life. I had high hopes for this book as I know a lot of people in the book community that love this series, but it didn’t really live up to my hopes. It comes down to this: I liked this book, but I didn’t love this book.
There are a few reasons why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. First, I just didn’t connect to any of the characters. If a lead character has a sister than I usually connect with them on that level, as I have a little sister I love dearly. However, Mare was different. I didn’t really feel her love for her sister. It was more like she resented Gisa for being more skilled than she was. I understand that was why she connected to Maven, but it didn’t make me like her very much. I didn’t connect to Cal or Maven either, part of that was because they confused me so much. One minute Mare was talking about how much she liked them and how kind they were, then the next minute she was talking about how much she disliked them. And all this would happen within the span of a page or two, it was so confusing to me. All the other important characters, Kilorn and Farley, didn’t really work for me either.
Second, and this was a big one for me, I was bored like 80% of the time I was reading this. The three major events (which I won’t name because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone) were the only times I really was interested. It just felt like the rest of the book was kind of pointless.
Despite these two misses for me I really did enjoy the book as a whole! The ending was great and action packed, it really gave me a sort of Hunger Games vibe and I honestly got goosebumps at one point. Not to mention the fact that the ending was a complete shocker for me, as I’m sure it was for everyone else who read the book. The last few chapters and the epilogue were like a hurricane quickly followed up by an earthquake. Utter insanity.
While I was reading this I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the next couple of books in this series, as I thought the ending would be boring as well, but man was I wrong. Now I’m excited to start on Glass Sword after I finish my current read. If you haven’t read Red Queen yet but are a big fan of crazy twist endings, I would pick this up!
The Red Queen Series