Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I’m very glad I didn’t read this during my dystopia binge because I don’t think I would have enjoyed it because I would have kept comparing it to all the other dystopias I’ve read. That being said, if you like The Hunger Games and The Selection this seemed like the perfect remix with big enough twists to be its own story!
I know basically everyone has already read this but if you haven’t then here’s a little blurb: It’s about a kingdom that’s divided its people into Reds and silvers based on the color of their blood. The Silvers are stronger and better and have powers to prove it. The story follows a girl named Mare Barrow that ends up working in the Kingdom (after a series of mishaps) and discovers that she has powers.
BUT SHE’S RED. HOW??? Nobody knows.
So the Kind and Queen make her pretend to be a long-lost Silver princess. And guess what? She’s now betrothed to the younger prince (Maven). But wait, there’s even a little love triangle! Cal (the eldest son, soon-to-be-king) is betrothed to Evangeline—a straight up mean girl with crazy magnet powers—actually got Mare into this mess by getting her the job in the Palace in the first place! And on top of that, Mare is working from the inside with a group of rebels to take down the Silvers.
This is a story filled with twists and turns. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but let me tell you, Victoria Aveyard knows how to surprise you! I loved the characters (except Cal… I didn’t ship that) and loved seeing the story unfold!
I loved how sassy Mare acted and just seeing her discover everything. It really made the story fun. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed hearing the story! I tried reading it before, but I would get distracted within the first chapter. However, the audiobook really got me into it! If/when I continue this, I’ll definitely be listening to it rather than reading!
I would recommend this to anyone who loves dystopia, superpowers, unintentionally sassy/sarcastic female leads, betrayal, and a shocking story (haha shocking… because Mare… ha you’d get it if you read the book). Definitely will be listening to the next audiobook soon!