“Red Queen,” by Victoria Aveyard

I occasionally get advance reading copies. When I read one of these that I like, I’ll review it here. Most recently, I read and adored Red Queen. Thanks to HarperTeen for this free advance copy.

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I read this in November, and it was one of my favorite reads of 2014.

Mare lives in a world of Reds and Silvers, where those with red blood are second-class citizens to the Silvers, who have special powers. In a desperate situation, Mare discovers she has a power of her own, despite the fact that she’s Red.

One of things I loved about this book is that it never became what I expected it to be. Early in the story, Mare meets a Silver prince, and I thought the story would turn into a fairy tale type of love story. But instead, Mare becomes torn between two princes, both of whom give her plenty of reason to have reservations, and both of whom are Silvers in a time when the Reds are on the verge of rebellion. There is no fairy tale here. There is no Prince Charming, and I loved that.

I also loved Mare as a character. She manages to be strong and proactive without being too snarky or reckless. She thinks things through and makes rational decisions based on her goal to free the Reds from the oppressive Silvers. Her decisions don’t always have predictable results, and that makes the story even better. She has fears and goals and passions, and she does the best she can to reconcile them in a world where her people are oppressed. I truly saw her as a whole person, and I appreciated that.

I also appreciated the plot. It remained fast paced and focused on the Reds-versus-Silver issue. The romantic subplots got their due attention but didn’t overwhelm the more urgent matters. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Red rebellion proceeds, but I’m also looking forward to Mare’s romantic future.

Highly recommended!

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