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Red Queen - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” - Mare Barrow

Mare Barrow lives in a world, where people are categorized by the colour of their blood. You either have a magical talent and bleed silver blood, or a misfortunate, cursed life because of the red blood that pumps through your veins. Silver bloods are the gods: the kings and queens, the princes and princesses, the royalty, elites and nobles. From the moment they were born they were subjected to living in the clouds: a luxurious life, but not neccessarily a good one. They are the gods, and because of their blood they rule Mare Barrow’s world. Mare was born to red-blooded family; she lives in a poverty stricken village with all the other Reds. She is soon turning 18, and with the celebration of entering adulthood also comes conscription. The Silvers are at war with the Lakelanders; the Silvers use the red blood of innocent fallen soldiers to fuel this never ending war. As her birthday gets closer and her plans for escape fail, Mare loses hope and becomes miserable, accepting the fact that she will be taken from her family and forced to fight in the war like her three brothers.

On the first of August the king's officials barge into Mare’s home and take her to the palace. Without any explanation she is given a servant's position in the palace, thus escaping conscription. This was one of the best days of Mare Barrow’s life, until her thunderous powers made an appearance for the first time. Then everything goes downhill, and Mare struggles to get back out of the deep grave that was dug for her.

I started reading Red Queen because it had been on the Battle of the Books list for 2017 and I wanted to get a head start on my reading, and when I saw the title it appealed to me because it seemed it was a novel about monarchy (I am a humongous fan of historical fiction and ESPECIALLY when it involves monarchy). To my disappointment it was not, however I kept reading it because the world Mare lived in just fascinated me. The idea is just so imaginative and unique; I had never really thought or heard of anything like that. All the praise to author Victoria Aveyard’s imaginative mind!

One thing I really disliked about this book was that I thought it really emphasized the romance a little too much for my liking. It's great and all if you're into romantic novels; the Crown Prince falls in love with Mare, an ordinary girl from the slums, and there's a love triangle between the main character and two brothers which is a little bit of overkill.

The Red Queen is a pretty good read unless you're an romance-hater, then I suggest you sprint to the nearest airport and get as far away from this book as you can. According to Google maps it would take you at least 12 hours. It does seem to be very popular at the library, which currently owns 12 copies in their Discover catalogue. Overall I think the dramatic plot-twists and cliffhangers make up for the cringe-worthy parts; making this book, in my opinion, more worthy than the horrifically painful, MORE cringe-worthy 12-hour run to the airport. 

For more information, visit the author's website, her page on the Harper Collins website or check out the trailer on youtube:

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