It’s been a while since I had read a dystopian novel and boy was I glad I was re-initiated into the world of dystopian fiction with Red Queen.
Set in the New Era, Mare Barrow is a Red 17 year old living in the poverty stricken area, The Stilts, stealing to make a living along with her best friend Kilorn. Then, when Silvers require her to work at one of their houses, she discovers she has extraordinary powers, powers that only Silvers should have. As a result, the Silver Queen decided to declare her a long-lost Silver princess. But as Mare accepts this fate, she is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as she tries to take down the establishment she so despises from the inside.
Reminiscent of fantasy epics such as Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, Red Queen is full of violence, rebellion, class-war tension and political scheming set against a backdrop of 2 worlds and the battle to become equal. The main thing I loved about this book though, was that although there was a hint of a love triangle it wasn’t capitalised on and didn’t really move further than that (I’m sick of love triangles!).
In Red Queen, there was plot twist after plot twist, and like Mare, when reading this, I didn’t know who to trust because everyone had their reasons for betrayal. It’s dark and mysterious and impossible to put down. I can’t wait for the sequel!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars.