We have reached the Dystopian novel category.
Ah. The conflict I feel for this book. In my unwarranted and totally biased opinion, it had the potential to be a great story: a heroine, scandal, intrigue, superpowers, two princes, the evil queen, the family in a low socio-economic state, a world divided and forbidden love. Yet, Victoria Aveyard has such trouble tying it all together in a neat bow ready for us to read. It took me ages to get to the point where I wanted to read more than a few pages at a time. The ending was predictable and did not leave me wanting to read the sequels.
Red Queen is a story about a world divided into two blood groups: the Reds and the Silvers. The Silvers are the “elite” and they all possess some kind of superpower (super-strength, controls metal and so on). They also have silver blood. The Reds are all normal and have red blood (in case you couldn’t figure that one out on your own). I will now try and explain my disdain without giving any spoilers.
Mare Barrow is a combination of Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior, with a hint of Bella Swan. She is tough, has to provide for her family and is openly unhappy with the present state of her world. She thinks she is invincible but, more often than not, she hurts those around her through her terrible decisions. The villain is your typical evil, hates the world, “everyone is so scared that they just let the villain continue” type villain. The big “twist” ending is 100% predictable and anyone who didn’t see it coming should read more. Seriously? You didn’t see it coming? Okay then. You can finish the series and let me know how it goes.