Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Our Rating: 6
Goodreads Rating: 4.12
This Book in a Song: Warriors by Imagine Dragons
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 …
Everyone in Norta is labeled by the color of their blood. The Reds are slaves and soldiers, considered inferior to the Silvers, who have abilities like a superhero’s. Mare Barrow is a Red, destined to become a soldier, just like her brothers. Soon before she is to be sent to war, Mare discovers that she has Silver-like abilities. The king would just kill her to hide the fact that a Red has these abilities, except for the questions of all the noble Silvers who witnessed her unexpected display. Now Mare will be marrying Maven, the sweet but ignored youngest prince, and has to adjust to life in the palace. Meanwhile, she’s also deciding whether to join the Scarlet Guard, a rebel group hoping for equality.
This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I loved reading Mare’s story and trying to piece things together as she did. There are so many twists and surprises in the plot line. I couldn’t put it down for a second! Nothing is easy for the characters; they have to fight for every little thing they want to accomplish. I thought that the characters’ relationships were interesting because Mare never knew who to trust. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian.