Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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.
Meh is the perfect word to describe how I feel about this book. Wait, is that a word? Tbh, I don’t know what to say… I hate reviewing books with a 3-star rating the MOST because I neither love nor hate them. There is not enough emotion to set off the flow of thoughts or spur a reaction from me. It was interesting at first- the red and silver blood, the kingdom. But after the world introduction, there’s just nothing. I mean, everything else that followed was typical YA dystopian stuff- a heroine who is DIFFERENT from the others, heroine sacrificing herself for her family, a childhood boy-friend, a love triangle, heroine playing a crucial role in bringing down the corrupted system, the mean silver girls. I’ve read a couple of dystopian, fantasy series and there’s nothing extraordinary to set this apart from the others. It’s more like a core story if you’re writing a YA fantasy/dystopian. I thought it’s a bit of Hunger Games and Divergent put together. Even the plot twist at the end was like an attempt to add something to make it interesting. But nothing that I haven’t read before, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve only had a few in my lifetime. So, the second book stayed untouched on the shelf. Does it get better? Anyone? I would hate to see that book go to waste. *Sigh