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… (goodreads.com)
So . . . I don’t understand why people are losing their minds over RED QUEEN. Really, I don’t. It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t stand out to me as anything other than very typical fantasy.
The story actually reminded me a lot of THE HUNGER GAMES, which the dirty slum girl getting brought up to act as a puppet for the ruling people only to become the face of a revolution. Also included is the fighting ring for the queen choosing thing and also the arena where people fight for blood sport. It’s probably an unfair connection to make but one I couldn’t help but make. So that is what it is.
I kept waiting for that OMG moment that would have opened my eyes to what everyone else was seeing but it just never came. The story isn’t all that original, the plot points were pretty predictable, and the characters weren’t anything to write home about. Mare didn’t actually develop as a character at all; she just got angrier. The huge “twist” wasn’t all that huge. Even I saw that one coming. And don’t get me started on the Scarlet Guard. It’s a Christmas miracle they hadn’t been destroyed from the inside long before Mare even came upon them. Considering their initiation consists of little more than a pinky swear before letting someone in they should have imploded by now. Street gangs have a more rigorous initiation ritual than that. And 100 years of conscription where only the poor people go to fight. To put that in perspective the same thing happened during the Civil War and riots broke out after months of that being enacted. So . . . no.
I had a really hard time reconciling the world as well. It was this disjointed mishmash of a feudal society who’s sort of fairy (but based on some of the prior world may have been angels and/or gods?) and they have magic and silver blood for some reason who rule over this third world level of poverty where the people just live to serve the silvers. Meanwhile modern technology, cars, TVs, and the like (that are created by an even lower level of human than what the reds are because that’s a smart thing to do, and yet no one was like GO AHEAD KILL US ALL WHAT WILL YOU DO THEN JACKASS YOUR WATER MAGIC CANT MAKE YOUR DAMN CAR RUN).
I have a problem when fantasy incorporates too many things into a single world as it is so add in the fact that the story was meh and the world just made my head spin and I really wasn’t digging this at all. It became really difficult to read and toward the end I just wanted it to end.
Unfortunately it didn’t actually end. Nothing’s resolved, just more questions and more problems have come up. Tune in next week . . .
No. I won’t be doing that. If the book were really that good you wouldn’t need to sucker me into reading the next one by denying me any sort of resolution at all. Stop it. These kinds of endings make me really hate the book I’m reading.
Ultimately the writing isn’t bad. The story isn’t bad. But it’s nowhere near blowing my hair back. It’s not unique. It doesn’t offer anything different. And there are far better fantasy books out there that do. I’m kind of irked too because I actually bought this one without reading it, thinking surely I will like it. Everyone says it’s SO GOOD. Dumbass. When was the last time I actually liked a book that was widely popular? Dunce. Next time at the library . . .