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. ~Goodreads Blurb.
The hype that surrounded this first book was well placed, the basic components of good Young Adult Fiction were all well placed throughout. I really enjoyed this first book and bought it up from Amazon after borrowing it from the library.
With YA Fiction there is often a need for someone to rebel from either the Establishment or at the least from the way things have always been. Our main character, Mare, fits that to a tee. Though she starts out simply wanting to survive she is quickly thrown into a world very different from her own. From Underdog status to powerful being, Mare rises from the Stilts to the Palace. The fun thing about watching someone rise to the top is that you know that the happy ending isn't going to come in Book 1. Victoria Aveyard, the author, is drawing us into a three book series with a couple of side novellas.
In this story there is no Superman. No one has all the powers and no one has unlimited power. There's no Magic Manic Pixie Girl and definitely no ebony dark'ness dementia raven way.The powers that the Silvers have seems to be held in a genetic sort of way, which leads to a very modern science based genetic coding and mutations. Our main character happens to be one of those mutations and it causes a stir that will change the very system of government. When characters are suddenly raised above their station sometimes you can get characters who automatically change and blend in without thinking about what the change really means. This story not only gave me an underdog story but one that still gave a damn about where she came from rather than simply thanking her lucky stars that she met Cutie #1.
Something that I think really separates this book from a lot of similar themed books is the amount of diversity. When you think Red versus Silver, you might expect that all the Silver blooded folks might be some pale pasty white folks, not in this book. The amount of diversity that covers not only the Silver houses but also the Red folks leaves me in wonder as to why more authors don't write about more than the White bread castle and the less white lower castes. I would like to have seen more obvious couplings than just boy+girl but I will hold out hope in the other books.
My only real issue has to be the standard, girl meets boy, and then meets other boy and now we have to choose who she should end up with. There's about 3 different men in her romantic wheelhouse and to be honest I would rather she come out of this series alive than coupled.
The Author, Victoria Aveyard’s website gives this information about her: I’m a writer repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. I split my time between my hometown East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. My debut RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college. The sequel GLASS SWORD released in February 2016.Currently I’m working on the third book in the RED QUEEN series, along with pursuing other projects in literature and film. My proudest achievements are riding a horse in the mountains of Montana and navigating from London to Edinburgh without GPS.
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