Red Queen Book Review by Molly Looby

by , Wednesday October 26, 2016
Red Queen Book Review by Molly Looby

Review of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen

A horrifically real book review by Molly Looby

 

 

“This is a world divided by blood – Red and Silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.

Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.

This is Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”

 

 

This book made me feel one emotion and one emotion only. And that emotion was anger. Rage even.

 

I was so excited to read Red Queen. I heard nothing but praise, and the cover is the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Red Queen is one of those irritating books that’s a fantastic idea, but the execution is all off.

 

From page one, I was disappointed. Everything started off so slowly. There’s a massive info-dump in the first couple of chapters, and I was bored by everything not happening. I never really got into it. I’d put the book down and there it would sit on my shelf, not even calling to me.

 

My biggest issue is with the protagonist, Mare. I can’t stand her. She’s so arrogant it made me want to scream more than once. For some reason, she thinks she’s superior to everyone. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to have liked about her. She doesn’t have any redeeming qualities. She’s also a massive hypocrite. She goes and does something and then tells people they can’t do the exact same thing. Also, at a few points in the book, she seems to know exactly what to do in new situations without guidance. I don’t know how she manages that.

 

Pretty much all the other characters I liked, so that begs the question, why was Mare written in this way? She’s rash and arrogant and insufferable. And everyone loves her! Why?! I just cannot understand it. Plus, she’s always so ignorant of her feelings. When I was seventeen, I felt everything so strongly. I could never shrug emotions off like she does. It all felt unrealistic and stale.

 

If I’m going to be blunt, this was trying way too hard to be The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. It had a similar plot and set-up, but was lacking the heart and character drive. I just felt utterly uninspired by the whole thing.

 

Everything felt very forced. Facts were crammed down my throat and nothing was left for me to figure out or uncover for myself. There was no subtlety. You’re supposed to let your readers experience the story with the protagonist, not have the protagonist tell them exactly what’s going on all the time, taking all the shock away. It was all just so heavy-handed it made me cringe.

 

Before you all jump to argue with me, the twist was good, that I’ll admit. But it was too little, too late for me I’m afraid.

 

I wanted this to be the best book I’d read all year. The premise was so good, and I was bitterly disappointed.

 

 

 

      2/5 stars

 

 

Thank you to Molly Looby for writing this review and Infinite_Exho for designing the banner!

 

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