Red Queen

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard “The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”

What happens when you mix all of the popular YA plots, characters and shake them up? Voila! you get Red Queen. It's like an X-Men dystopia. Despite it's shortcomings *cough* transparent plotline *cough* it still managed to lure me in and didn't let me go till the end of the book. It starts with the usual dystopian world; power rules, poverty, dissatisfaction with the ruler, protagonist with hidden ability, colliding head-first with the hero, romance, betrayal and so on. This formula is so popular even school kids write their stories in similar fashion these days. Still, it's like the formula of Pepsi, doesn't compare with Coca-Cola but people still love it in their own way. That's exactly how I felt about this book. I couldn't hate it but I can't love it either but the story's still intense and has it's own moments.

Mare Molly Barrow is Red and a pale comparison of Katniss. She's foolhardy, tries to act fearless and has 0% brain capacity(it was obvious who was the betrayer from the start!) *rolls eyes* Cal is a Silver Prince, heir to the throne and savior of Mare, the street urchin. Maven is the younger prince and betrothed to Mare. Because of his traumatic experience as a soldier, he decides to help the rebellion. A perfect combination for a love triangle!

“I'll make the other scream for you, Mare, every last one. Not just your parents. Not just your siblings. But every single one like you. I'm going to find them, and they will die with you in their thoughts, knowing this is the fate you have brought them. I am the king and you could've been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.”

This book is not for everyone. But there are those of us who will enjoy this no matter what. The writing is smooth, character development a little off but it's still a good read. I'll be waiting for the sequel of this book, that epilogue made sure of that.

“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.”

3.5 stars