Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Publication date- 10th February, 2015
My rating- 3.5/5
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
The whole concept of Red bloods and Silver bloods is enough to draw anybody in, to be honest. Why wouldn't it be? In this dystopian world, the Silvers have all the power and are treated like Gods since they do possess special powers and abilities whereas the Reds are ordinary folks making up the working class and are treated like slaves.
I'm pretty sure the author did some kind of research on blood and saw the words 'bone marrow' and thought she could just interchange some letters and voila, we have the name of our protagonist. Mare Barrow. Am i the only one who saw through this silly little thing? I hope not. But i have to give it to her; she was a kick-butt character and definitely one of few in Young Adult novels who stayed focused throughout and kept her head in the game. She hated the Silvers with every bone in her body (get it? =P) and wasn't afraid to hide it.
There's a prominent love triangle in this which I thought was executed quite properly. Who is it gonna be? CAL OR MAVEN? The struggle was real.
But that plot twist though.