Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This book is a combination of two of my favorite genres: fantasy and dystopia. I’ve heard a lot of varying opinions about this book; it seems like most people either loved it or hated. I’m one of the ones who loved it. Or, at least, very strongly liked it.

Rating: [4/5]

Reading Challenge: A book based entirely on its cover

Goodreads Summary: 

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 center 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?

Likes: This book deals with a lot of issues like classism and racism and rebellion from an oppressive government, all in a fantasy world where people have superpowers. I love all the different types of powers in the book. Plus, I don’t know if I’ve read a character as palpably angry as Mare. It was really interesting and different. And don’t even get me started on that plot twist. Even though someone spoiled it for me, I was still in shock.

Dislikes: The beginning was boring and difficult to get into. Honestly, the story doesn’t really start to get interesting until she’s at the palace. Also, there wasn’t quite enough world building, which I’m hoping is solved in the second book.

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