Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thoughts before reading: What a fabulous cover!
Thoughts upon close: Just how many boys are in love with this girl?

RED QUEEN could have been so much more. And for a few moments in it, it actually was that; yet sadly, for the most part, this went predictably… predictable, much like Ewing’s Jewel proved to be. We begin with a girl with a massive chip of her shoulders. Her world is split between Silvers and Reds, with the former beings so much more than the latter as they possess traits and powers that differentiate them. It’s upon this difference that a hierarchy is built with the lead in question falling right smack bottom side. A series of events have her rising in position, and in this happening, connections are made and (multiple) romances, kindled. (And yes, there are plural developments in that aspect.)

Yet, predictability is the least of this book’s concern because there’s also the matter of it lacking focus: a society divided with one side rebelling and the other hell-bent on quelling the same; a girl who finds herself in the middle of the two, completely unsure about what her next step is; multiple love interests who muddle things further because there’s a prince and another prince and the guy from back home; then the rebellion itself that makes itself apparent sporadically; plus a host of other would be friends and obvious enemies… none of which were completely fleshed out. What is clear is that the lead does not want to be where she is and is merely stumbling about as things progressed.

It could have been so much more… because and it was getting there, if we go by its end. Because I believe it is RED QUEEN’S end where its story’s strength lay with its awesome mix of the quick, the bloody, and the surprising.

Thank you, E!

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