Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 2 stars
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.
I am so sad that this book does not live up to its cover.
The writing was subpar, the characters were boring and their relationships forced, the world was flimsy, the plot was predictable.
Worst of all, the whole thing was unoriginal.
I have heard a lot of comparisons to The Selection and I totally have to agree: The Selection + The Hunger Games – everything that made those books good = Red Queen.
The Evangeline/Mare drama is very reminiscent of the Celeste/America feud in The Selection- weak, talentless, poor girl doesn’t think she can beat strong, rich, spoiled girl but overcomes her weakness and puts other girl in her place. I mean, at one point, Evangeline says to Mare “Get in my way and I’ll kill you slowly…” Hmmm, where have I seen that before??
Mare has, as Hermione says, “the emotional range of a teaspoon.” I never once felt connected to her friends or family – even the ‘romance’ felt half-hearted. And I think everyone can relate to this: if you don’t feel a connection to anyone in the book, you aren’t going to like the book.
The plot showed a lot of similarities to both TS and THG- a love triangle (actually in this book it was more of a square…) where there was an obvious choice, but then the book ends and they didn’t pick that person, an ‘arena’ filled with trained killers and harmless innocents and daring radicals… On top of that, Mare makes a lot of stupid decisions- 20x more than Katniss and America combined- that end in many avoidable deaths. And Mare, unlike the latter two, is willing to kill people, even if they have families depending on them, in order to reach her goal. This is what I hate the most about her- she acts all humanitarian, but doesn’t stop the Scarlet Guard when they plan to take the lives of four people, two of whom she believes don’t deserve to die. It’s sickening- in this day and age, we don’t need books advocating death to those who deserve it.
I don’t even know how to say everything I want to say about how utterly underwhelmed I was by this book, so I’ll leave it at this: blehhh.