I honestly expected to love this book nine million percent…but…I didn’t.
I’m one of those weirdos who don’t like reading the same story twice. I’m loyal to the FIRST version I read. And I’m never fond of books that don’t seem entirely original. I wanted epic originality and I got a rehash of old glories.
* Yeah…no. Don’t call me deluded. I’m sensitive, you know.
What exactly are these so-called similarities? HUH?
Oh goodie. Allow me to explain.
- Like Red Rising by Pierce Brown: The classes are called by colour. In Red Queen, it’s Silver vs Red (silver being awesome, and red being poor peasants). In Red Rising, Gold are the awesome and…the poor peasants? RED. Hmm…
- Like The Selection by Keira Cass: The pluck-a-commoner-from-the-crowds-and-make-her-a-queen is the plot line of both. Really really similar, actually.
- Like The Hunger Games: Obviously the arena and fighting is the point of The Hunger Games, and in Red Queen it begins with an arena scene (it’s how they punish people). Fight to the death. Roman names. Crowd cheers like proper psychopaths.
- Like X-Men: All the super powers.
That saying: IT WAS STILL A GOOD READ!
It’s funny! The characters are fantastic and the narrator, Mare, was a spunky girl I could easily root for. There was awesome sizzling super powers. There was family*. There was a totally unique romance. And the cover is also gorgeous.**
*I love books where the families are actually a thing.
** Let’s be honest: that counts for a lot.)
While I did love Mare, I wish she’d had a bit more character development.
To me, she felt like the same person from beginning to end. (Where is the change?) Except she learnt manners and how to faint. Eh. Also her name…I HAVE QUESTIONS. Is it pronounced Mare rhyming with Fair or Mare rhyming with Far? Because you know what was going through my head?
Which distracted me a lot.
So let’s talk about the heartthrobs, yes?
There’s three boys and one Mare. EVERYBODY LOVES MARE! I did like the romance, though! It wasn’t the biggest plot point of the book either. It was so well balanced. The plot focuses on intrigue, lies, and politics, instead of agnsty teenage romance.
When Mare basically gets kidnapped into palace life, she’s betrothed to Maven, but she has a lot of chemistry with his older brother Cal. Not to mention her hunky dory fellow back at home, Kilorn. He has just about as much luck in this book as Gale in Catching Fire.
I loved the princes and they both had depth!
Just remember: NOTHING IS SIMPLE IN THIS BOOK. Oh gawsh, how I love that. I didn’t ship anyone, though. I didn’t trust anyone. (I am wise.)
Although, with Maven…
The writing was good!
It’s nothing I would scream and cry over, but…it’s FUNNY. I love funny. I love to sit back and snicker at clever lines and this definitely had some epic banter.
Am I the only one who thought this was an Alice in Wonderland retelling?!
It sounds like it. It looks like it. IT IS NOT. But Mare does make a complete Alice quote that kind of made me grin. I wonder if it was a subtle reference?!
It’s a book of political tension, superpowers, with a dash of rags to riches and let’s not forget: VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it, and I wish it’d been more original. I just feel like I’ve read this story before. Several times.
Thank you Hachette Australia for the ARC! Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard hits shelves February 10th, 2015.
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?
how about you, my felicitous friends? do you ever get a sense of “deja vu” when you read? does it affect the new book or are you loyal to the original? have you read Red Queen?! thoughts?!
CAIT @ PAPER FURY
…has a rather large addiction to all things Alice in Wonderland. (And a certain Moth, but let’s not get off track here.) She likes slightly insane things and completely unhinged characters. Speak of the psycho, she’s currently reading FAIREST by Marissa Meyer which is about an evil queen and a mirror.