Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain."
I downloaded Red Queen when I found it among some of the recommended while I was searching for another book. I had blindly downloaded it without taking a look at any reviews. I had no idea how it would be, so I didn't dare to read it whatsoever. I saw one of my friends read it and asked her how it was. From what she said, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to give it a try; I couldn't leave it on the table in the living room and hide in my room forever. How can I watch TV then? After I finished this, the first words which came into mind: this is just a mediocre book.
"Anyone can betray anyone."
The protagonist of this story is Mare (yes, it isn't a very good name), a Red, who was forced to feign her history, and behave as a Silver betrothed to the prince, Maven. Mare was actually a thief who stole items from others, but her family never approved of this. One day, she met a random guy at a pub, and he arranged for a job - at the place - as a servant because the Reds were made to work for the Silvers, who were the cream of the society. Boy, I really do despise anything which has to do with the elite. One day, she exhibits the powers of a Silver, and since she purely Red, the royal family fabricates that she was an orphan born to Silver parents, but was raised by Reds. Prince Maven proposed and she accepted, but she began to flirt with his brother, Cal; this Cal was the guy she met at the pub. I agree, it isn't a very intriguing plot, but decent enough for 3 stars. However, I must point out that this plot sounds a little like The Selection.
"You should know the difference between secrets and lies."
Moving on to the characters, Mare isn't my ideal protagonist. However, she isn't the stereotype of a young-adult book female protagonist either. She is not very smart, steals, trusts any person who she meets on the streets, not at all immaculate (which is a fabulous thing!), and can get annoying sometimes, too. She can be indecisive at times, and cannot be categorized as a moral character. But, she is flawed, and is not perfect at every single thing that exists on this planet.
Maven and Cal are pretty developed ever since the start. I like that about them. However, their characterization didn't met up to my expectations, and I still feel they can be characterized better. They aren't bad characters, but they aren't good either; just mediocre. Candidly, I like Maven more. (view spoiler)[Yes, even though he betrayed them at the end. (hide spoiler)] Cal is just a person who keeps a title, but never exercises his rights. I feel they could have been better.
“You should know the difference between secrets and lies.”
The problem with this book is that - as my friend rightly pointed out - it sounds like a mixture of The Selection and Divergent. There is a girl who wants to show what she is made up of, and how she escapes a place she loves, but yet wants to leave from there. Then she has to be courted by the heir to the crown, but is from a low caste. yep, the plots do correspond.
“A lie will raise me up, and one day another lie will bring me down.”
I won't say I will never recommend this book, but I won't say I will recommend it to everyone, too. I'd definitely recommend it to those who enjoyed both Divergent and The Selection. It was just a mediocre, and if I'm interested (or forced), I might even read the next book. Le me end this review with one small note: I absolutely love the quotes in here :P["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
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