Publisher: Orion Publishing
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
Yes, Yes, I finally read it! Sometimes its nice to read a book when the hype has died down a bit. If not the expectations you place on the book might just leave you slightly disappointed.
If you thought Divergent and the Hunger games was brilliant then Red Queen will take you to even great heights.
It is a story of sacrifice, lies, betrayal and survival.
Mare knows that at her 18th birthday the only gift she will be awarded is conscription – she will join the other reds like her to fight an endless war she will never survive. But on a chance meeting with a handsome stranger she gets a job working in the palace where she discovers that even though she is a Red she has a power that even most silvers cannot rival. The silver royals decide to use Mare to their advantage to fight against a rebellion which is slowly taking hold. As Mare also pledges to help the rebellion she does not bargain with everything else that is happening around her. The truth is that Anyone can betray anyone and as the truth begins to unravel there is little Mare can do to but fight for what she believes in.
What did I like? This book was just …. WOW! I loved everything about it. The way the story crept up on me and keeping me glued to one spot. I just knew there were sneaky characters in the story and that Queen…. She is just evil. I felt sorry for Cal, because I could sense that he means well although he has been brainwashed and at most time misunderstood.
I liked the authors style of writing the story so easily came to life before my eyes. The world of the silvers reminds me a bit of how life is today, the rich live in world that is so very different to what other everyday people experience. I guess that divide will always be there now and in every other possible future. The book ended in a way that will allow me to breath a bit until I pick up book 2 to start again. But if this is the first book…. Then book 2 will be explosive and I can hardly wait.