The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Hi, it’s Manu and Alex reviewing this epic book that as we have been hinting in previous posts it’s one of our most anticipated releases for this year. So, as soon as it came out, we got our copies and oh did we enjoy it.
We have seen lots of this book meets this book comparisons, but to us it would mean something like Game of Thrones plus Graceling meet X-Men’s powers with its very own Mockingjay and a brand-new Darkling. Even though all of this doesn’t do justice to the book, you must read it to understand what all the hype is about and, obviously, fall in love with it, like we did. It won’t disappoint you.
Many things led to this day, for all of us. A forgotten son, a vengeful mother, a brother with a long shadow, a strange mutation. Together, they’ve written a tragedy.
Red Queen is set in a world reigned by a group of people who believe to be superior to the rest, like its many predecessors in this genre. In this case, their world is divided in two groups, depending on the color of their blood, Silvers and Reds. The former is a group that could only be described as the wealthy population, or more like the respected ones. They are all gifted with some sort of power that makes them “better” than the Reds, stronger and gods-like, and they rule over them. The Reds are the workers, the peasants, living in the worst conditions one can live in, and if they can’t find a job they’re sent to an unwinnable war, basically sentenced to die.
In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.
Mare Barrow, our main character, is a seventeen-year-old Red who like everyone else is just trying to survive. Only she does it in a not so noble way, stealing and lying. But with her eighteenth birthday nearing she knows she’s going to be sent to war like her three older brothers, Shade, Bree and Tramy. By a struck of luck (could it be defined as luck?) Mare meets a guy who works in the Silver Palace and who ends up offering a job in the Palace, too. While she’s working there, assisting those she hates to death, she discovers she may not be a simple Red. She’s something else, not Red nor Silver, a combination of both.
In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.
When Mare’s special condition threatens to be exposed to the world, rattling everything the Silvers believe in, Mare is forced to live in Court, to act like one of them, to be one of them. In her act she meets awful Silvers that represent exactly what everyone fears and thinks about them, but she also finds herself caring and even befriending some of them. Like the princes, Cal and Maven. She doesn’t know how to feel or act around them, she’s supposed to hate them but she can see herself loving them, too.
Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.
Mare doesn’t want to be someone’s pawn, she wants to save those who are treated unfairly. And she may even have the means to do it. There’s a Resistance group known as the Scarlet Guard, a group of people who are ready to fight back and to defeat the Silvers. But she’s in Court and she doesn’t even know who she can trust. When the stakes are at their highest, she must do what’s best for her people, by any means.
What I need and what I want are two very different things.
In conclusion, this is just an epic read with a hell lot of plot twists, deaths, ultimate betrayals and really cute boys whom you probably shouldn’t trust. We literally cannot wait to know how this story is going to continue, but we have to wait a whole year *sigh*. We were really amazed by the writing style, it’s so unique and pulls you in. We don’t want to say more about the story or the characters, because one of the best thing about this book is how you really don’t know till the very end, who you can trust, who is ok to love and who is going to break your heart.
It was outstandingly good, definitely one of our best 2015 reads so far. Believe all the hype because this book meets its expectations.