Why did I even pick this book up? This happens on average once per YA book for me This book had me questioning everything WHY is everything always Mare's fault? Her sister getting caught for stealing? Total You know that feeling when you read a particularly bad YA and you just have to set down the book and ask, why? Totally Mare's fault. Rebel uprising? Totally on Mare's shoulders. Causing countless deaths on account of her misguided sense of justice? Wait, yeah, that one is actually on her There is a difference between taking responsibility for your actions and squeezing out every last ounce of sympathy for your main character.
This is a case of the latter. WHY is everything repeated three times? Is there a word count limit Aveyard was building to? Did someone regift a thesaurus to her last Christmas? If so, why can't she find any synonyms for Red as the Dawn? That bloody crimson freaking dawn was the bane of my existence.
WHY is there so much angst?? There's excusable teenage angst It's like, come on, they Mare's captors literally made Mare read one paragraph of propaganda in exchange for letting her marry the hot prince. WHY are first fridays even mentioned at all?? It's like Aveyard was like, "Let's throw in a bit of Hunger Games" but then her editors said, "Sorry, there's a whole series about that. WHY did I pick up this book? Don't actually have a good reason other than a friend said they thought it was terrible and wanted my opinion.
Guess we figured out that Audiobook Comments The reader really embodied Mare, which made listening to this book really terrible. Every whine was emphasized, ever pout was pouted I ended up listening to this one on 1. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 86 comments. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the author imagined her world-building, for I had trouble visualising it while reading. Basically, the author created her own world — which is admirable — melding Dystopia and High Fantasy as genres.
The result is pretty impressive, let me tell you. It was relatively easy to immerge into the storyline. Really, I stand by my claim that this will make a successful movie. Now we just have to wait and see. Mare — the heroine — is incontestably fearless, rather reckless, badass enough but… not a ruler born.
She wants the best for her people and tries to free them with as much power as she can muster, but her taking rash important decisions draws affliction to her person and people around her. A lot. If becoming a queen is her destiny, then she requires some character development. We could make a great team, heh, the two of us! You know what? There is a love triangle — almost… square? It made sense and, here and there, was actually strategic. Oh, manipulation corners every chapter. Red Queen deserves everything it acquired thus far: thousands of five-star ratings and reviews from readers of all over the world, a discernable tremendous hype that got to me with much force and… its standing as 1 New York Times Bestseller!
I'm sure it's great if you liked Red Rising. I did not like Red Rising. I hated the main character. Stupid, selfish, destructive brat intent on destroying the lives of her loved ones with all the makings of a special snowflake. I cannot stand selfishness when it involves harming the lives of innocents. I can't tolerate this character. I can't finish this book. It's been a month since I tried to read on and it's just pointless.
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View all 49 comments. View all 13 comments. Jun 30, Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , edelweiss , dat-cover-yo , release , high-fantasy , e-arc , ebook , 2-am-or-later , reads , awesome. It's like an X-Men dystopia stuck in a high fantasy world on crack.
Look, guys, don't worry about the love triangle. Actually, calling it a love triangle is very spoilerish and I wish I could further calm your feels, but alas, you must read it for yourself. Immensely loved this with very minor reservations and I can't wait for book 2! Full review to come! View all 34 comments. I enjoyed reading it, but it was so similar to many other YA books that it's not memorable. That was an intense book and I really enjoyed it!
I am a sucker for superpowers and this book had such a cool variety of them! I was so into this book that I stayed up very, very late two nights in a row so I could see what happened next. It was a little predictable at times and I can see why people say that it's really similar plot-wise to a couple of other books, but I still liked it very much! I just want a little more world building and a little more romance I'm always going to vote for more romance, to be honest , but I'm almost positive that that will all happen in the next book!
Also, I really want a map for the world! I feel like that would be such a cool addition to the book. View all 21 comments. Feb 16, Sana rated it it was ok Shelves: boring-af , young-adult , kill-this-character-pls , pukeworthy-romance , dystopian , fantasy , literal-garbage , romance , i-dont-get-the-hype , cut-my-left-nut-off-instead. Red Queen? I wish I kept putting this book off until I eventually died someday.
I would have been saved from the incredible fucking boredom and dumb ass characters. Actual footage of me crying because I wasted three days on this book when I could have been reading good quality smut: Okay, but why was this book so long??? I feel like it could have been cut down by pages instead of fucking dragging to a disappointing and predictable ending.
Guys, the Red Queen? Guys, the writing it's so tedious, slow, dull, monotonous and slow and uneventful and tbh at this point I'd rather sit down and sing the Barney theme song which is fucKing lit by the way over and over again till someone finds me dead in my room. Here's a concept: everyone dies in this book and Barney rules the kingdom because he will be everyone's friend!!!!
How am I supposed to take her seriously when I always think of a horse whenever someone says her name. And she's just so dumb?? And annoying?? Cal is also dumb and annoying and has no personality whatsoever. His death would also be appreciated. And Maven??? I hope he finds Mare and Cal and then kills them and then rules ruthlessly, have a good day. I want to feed them to sharks. BR with this smexy beast. Like literally everyone has read this except me??? Sana tf you doing??? Ok but this series is finally ending so i can start it soon!! And the covers of every single book is gorgeous, i can't even,,, Jul 01, Regan rated it really liked it Shelves: books-owned-read.
View all 10 comments. I just felt so much disappointment after turning the last page, since I was expecting a fresh new story out of this one. A very common dystopian trope. Yes, Mare can be considered badass with her unique ability and sassy attitude, but she felt like your typical Mary Sue for me. And when her two love interests come along, she thinks of them both constantly and rather obsessively. Exhibit C: Yes, the customary love triangle square is present. Mare is drawn to two brothers should I mention that they're princes?
I like the other brother's character, but there's definitely zero chemistry between him and Mare. There's also your resident Queen Bee, Evangeline, who seems to hate Mare the moment they lock eyes. Another iffy thing about the book was the lack of a backstory. Sure, I enjoyed all the Red vs. Silver propaganda, but I would've liked to find out how everything became the way they are now.
Maybe the next books will give me that.
Overall, if you're one of those people who reads and loves all those popular young adult books out in the market today as well as The Selection -esque type books, I really believe that Red Queen will be a good fit for you. View all 82 comments. Please be good, please be good.
View all 50 comments. Mar 07, myra rated it did not like it Shelves: did-not-like. This is the Walmart version of The Hunger Games. View all 56 comments. Feb 21, Lia rated it it was ok Shelves: nopity-nope , royal-binches , dystopian-and-scifi. Anyone can betray anyone. No, okay, listen. Let me explain why this book was a no-no for me. We could say most of my problems with this book are to blame on wrong timing. I'm firmly convinced that if I read it something like six years ago, I probably would have liked it. Not loved it, but it would have definitely gained a couple more stars and a bit more attention from my part.
Unfortunately, I picked it up too late, once I've eventually had my chance to read around and already managed to juggle my way out of the various The Hunger Games , The Selection , Divergent , Red Rising and the rest of the merry dystopian brigade. So it left nothing to discover and this book didn't bring anything new to my reading experience.
It's not even about it being similar to other books, I promise. I mean, I don't mind parallels, but we're talking copy-pasting of plots, here. To me, Red Queen felt like large bowl of minestrone made from scraps of those novels above, with only the tiniest and faintest bit of originality that were still too weak to get me hooked.
Maybe if it wasn't for all this, I would have found it entertaining and thrilling, instead of boring and dull, but being completely honest, if it wasn't for this, we would also be talking about a different book. Different being the word. You can change the factors only a determined number of times, but in the end, the final product stays the same. Want an example? I have tons. We have, in fact, the One not-like-other-girls girl who's going to save the day because who else could? Now put all this together and you could really be talking about any or every one of those books.
You name it, Red Queen has it. To be honest, I'm not even sure the concept behind this book is that bad, after all, it just was deadly trite, and it definitely wasn't for me. Add to this that I didn't particularly like any of the characters truth be told, I sort of don't dislike Maven, but only a little enough to be interested in their lives, personal issues and developments, and you'll have an idea of what's keeping me, from this moment on, at least twenty feet away from this series.
I liked the writing, though, reason for which I decided to give the author another chance. That is, as long as it doesn't involve dystopian worlds, cheesy romance and The Bachelor-like subplots. Am I going to need therapy after this book? Does the premise of a love triangle square? Is this book going to make me want to flip tables? Am I going to regret reading this book? Am I really sure I should read it? AT ALL. Let's do this! View all 95 comments. What a plot twist. In the entire book I was like: hmmm team Cal. Team Maven..
Hmm Team Cal.. Julian was so right!!! Why did he do that to us?? I loved him.. You should have listened. And you betrayed us both, in a thousand different ways. I choose no one. I see Mare's betrayal and Maven's obviously But I don't see Cal's betrayal.
He never lied to her. She just assumed that he will go against his beliefs and his father? So, what team am I? Good lord in heaven! This book should carry one of those labels. It's not that it's bad. Look, I'm trying to be diplomatic. This book was bad, but it's not the sort of thing that, if you're interested, you shouldn't read. There were some pretty co Good lord in heaven! There were some pretty cool scenes One cool scene. It was daringly gory and very deftly written. Oftentimes I find that fight scenes are written in such a way that the author knows what's going on, but nobody else does.
Here, everything is pretty easy to visualize. But the problem is that this book is just a great big patchwork of a thousand other YA sci-fi dystopia melodramas that I really couldn't care less about. It's nothing special, the characters are nothing special, the plot is laughably simplistic. Even the twist was visible from a mile off, because of course that character that everyone has been side-eyeing for the last three hundred pages is evil.
Of course the character that the heroine tries the hardest to convince herself is good people is bad people. But it's so cringey, like making small talk with the hairdresser. Here's this incredibly boring girl, Alina Starkov, who gets taken to the Capitol when her Grisha powers emerge in dire straits! Cersei Lannister engages Alina in a battle of wills view spoiler [and shit hits the fan when she orchestrates the killing of Robert Baratheon so Joffrey can take the throne even though it rightfully belongs to Mal.
I'm not entirely sure if Cal is Mal well, they got the names right but he's that sort of jerk that you can tell the author likes but who left me colder than a chest freezer. He could have been spaghettified by a stellar black hole and crushed into unobservable matter in the singularity and I wouldn't have given a rat's ass either way.
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Water is a conductor, and if Evangeline is hurling metal at Mare's head, a wall of electricity isn't going to stop it. I guess you could say that if Evangeline's power is to create magnetic fields, then Mare's lightning interfered with that, but that's really clutching at straws and there's no evidence that simply applying a shock of current to a magnetic field will block it. In fact, hardly anything can block a magnetic field; it's a powerful force.
Can Mare create forcefields? That's never really solidified. Even the Rise, red as the dawn thing that was clearly a marketing tool falls flat. I've said this before and I'll say it again: you can develop your protagonist until you're blue in the face, but a story is nothing without a supporting cast. World building is nothing without decent supporting characters.
I knew this book and I would have a hard time getting along when I realized it was written in exhausting, unfunny "snarky" first person, but look at the world Suzanne Collins managed to built through the eyes of one character. In terms of the world building, there is none. If world building were food, this book would be starving. There's this glassy castle and a smoky district and then the nasty Stilts, but it's so skimpy, guys.
There's no depth to it at all. And this book tries to do the biopunk thing with the silver blood and the inherited powers but it's all just drugs and magnets, isn't it? The fact that anybody believes the ruse around Mare is proof that these people might be powerful, but there's nothing but cobwebs between their ears. Red Queen was not a letdown for me, though. I didn't have high hopes to begin with, so I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. I suppose that's the best outcome from all of this: I gained and lost nothing. View all 41 comments. Jul 30, Mohammed Arabey rated it liked it.
What really bugs me here was the many Deja vu s from HG and Divergent since I didn't like the latter's plot much. But let's see step by step with The Red.. The Elite push the low class citizens into Poverty.. And to kill any think of a rebellion ,they're watching Everyone, even -specifically- those closed to the king in the Palace. The workers always paid low of course, and there's this part of Norta -this district- where just factories and technology workers, it's very polluted that skies are dark with smoke , the people in this district can never see the sun..
To show how powerful the 'Elite' are , just to erase any rebellion ideas, every first Friday the low class are forced to gather and witness dangerous arena fighting between two of the elite Silver blood They're all Elite , yes.. Every House has certain 2 colours or more, used for costumes.. There's a big party for the King's son,the Prince..
And every girl show the power of her house.. What's really bugged me here that it supposed to be modern, in the future The Heir to the Throne.. And only when he helped her to work at the Palace as a servant, and while the Game of the candidates princesses and future Queen is on, a huge revelation about Mare is just Out She has Power..
She can control Electricity, and even more powerful than the Silvers She's the Little Lighting Girl.. And by the story goes, you'll see how it like Divergents in the Divergent series, tracking and hunting them down But with a new story of Love, some of it totally unconvincing. And a new Betrayal story that's totally very good written, although a bit predictable for me.. So now you know all the basic story line..
Can't say I didn't like it I did since I love most of the elements , but the mix was confusing me a lot with the style of old kings era and the new tech. The rest of the characters were ranged from very good to very shallow or just similar to other characters of the previous 5 major novels.. I liked Maven , he's very well written, Cal was perfect most of the times too The Old master Julian and his back story was good to although remind me of The Giver's master Also I wished to shed more light into the world before Will wait for the next part..
I really hope it'd be better and more original PS: A big respect to the author for her 'Aknowledgement' part where she mentioned many authors, Directors and Screenwriters that inspired her.. Rowling and George R. Mohammed Arabey From 1 Aug. View all 30 comments. Feb 23, jessica rated it really liked it. View all 14 comments. A lot of people were mentioning that this was like a lot of different dystopian books and while I agree, I still think this is worth the read. I enjoyed the world, the magic system I definitely saw parts of the ending coming but it was still entertaining!
Will be continuing the series! View all 7 comments. Dec 17, Adam Silvera rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , audiobook , debuts , reads , signed-copy , shelf-awareness-reviews. Finished my reread on audio! Love the narrator. And this read was extra fun since I knew all the major twists and got to watch the characters barrel into danger and deception.
Here's a review I wrote back in for Shelf Awareness: Victoria Aveyard's thrilling debut throws readers into a futuristic fantasy world of clashing countries, segregation and a rebellion that depends on a young thief.
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In the country of Norta, the Fe Finished my reread on audio! In the country of Norta, the Feats of First Friday are held every month in city arenas. Champions with Silver blood compete against one another using their supernatural abilities to entertain audiences of other Silvers and the lowly, powerless Red bloods that serve them. Mare Barrow, a year-old Red, knows these fights are meant as a reminder that any act of rebellion will lead to punishment or execution via the Silvers' many abilities--mind control, telekinesis and super strength among them.
To save herself and her war orphan friend, Kilorn, from conscription, Mare is pickpocketing Silvers in the small city of Summerton. There, a group of insurgents called the Scarlet Guard rise up against the Silvers, bombing a castle in the capital in the hopes of eliminating the Royal Court.
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She fails at her mission due to the ensuing riots, but an attempt to pickpocket a boy named Cal serendipitously lands her a job as a serving girl at the summertime castle of King Tiberias. Mare learns Cal is the crown prince, set to marry another Silver girl, but that surprise is superseded by Mare's discovery that she possesses lightning talents that no Red has exhibited before.
The court covers up her talents by posing Mare as a long-lost daughter of a Silver war hero, to be engaged to Cal's brother, Maven, which they hope will placate the rebels. But if one lie from the king can save her life, another lie may take it. Class tensions run exceptionally high in this serie's first installment. Mare's suspicions keep her sharp throughout; even when she's aiding the Scarlet Guard in taking down the king, she remains wary of the rebels. She commits to the charade of Lady Mareena not for her own life, but to save her three brothers and Kilorn. Cinematic fights aplenty and deception amongst characters propel readers deeper into this world of power struggles.
For the players who survive this first round, Aveyard sets the board for the sequel. Cecily of York - Edmund Tudor - Edward IV - Elizabeth of York - Elizabeth Woodville - Henry Tudor - Henry VI - Jacquetta of Luxembourg - Jasper Tudor - Margaret Beaufort - Margaret d'Anjou - Richard III - Publishers Weekly "Nobody does the Tudors better than Gregory, so it should come as no surprise that her latest The Sunday Times Magazine "Gregory's portrayal reveals a woman who is cunning and hard to like, but a great deal more adept and resourceful than many of the chaps in armour" Full Review.
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