Four Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Moderate Violence

My Love of Dystopian Novels

Confession, I have an addiction to dystopian novel’s. I think it all started with Hunger Games. As much as I love Hunger Games, today I’m telling you about Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.”

Red Queen has a lot of hunger game aspects, which is probably why I liked it so much, it’s got adventure and moves fast. I love go, go, go type action books. The violence like most dystopian novel’s got intense for me at times, but due to the fictitious nature it didn’t seem overwhelming.

It’s got an interesting love triangle, which unlike my sister I am a fan of. Maybe it goes back to my silly teen girl dream to have two boys interested in me at the same time…because come on how would that not be flattering. Though at times it made me want to smack Cal because you just don’t do that to your brother man! While at other times I had the “Oh, but they are made for each other!” The way the author pulls at your heart for both boys is so good.

Maybe my favorite thing about the book was how well the author was able to make you feel empathy for the bad guy at the same time you hate his guts, that to me makes an epic writer! This book gets a solid 4 stars from me -A.B.

*No religious elements.

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1 thought on “My Love of Dystopian Novels”

  1. Hey sis, I finally read Red Queen. It was a little intense for me I have to admit. I don’t mind suspense as long as it’s got a little comic relief thrown in to ease the tension. I like to walk away from a book feeling light and happy not heavy and tense. I agree with the Hunger Game comparison. I was almost too much a cross between Hunger Games with magic and The Selection. Though the author did keep it just unique enough that I wanted to see where she was going next. There were some twists that I saw coming a mile away, but there were a few creative things at the end that did surprise me. I disagree on the love triangle thing, it’s not a triangle it was more like a rhombus. While the intrigue between Cal and Maven was good story writing, I felt like throwing in Kilorn’s affection was overkill. I understand Kilorn was a catalyst for Mare’s actions, but his friendship was a sufficient motivator. I’m invested enough in the characters to want to finish the series, and it did get me thinking… If I was Cal at the end, what choice would I have made? Love or Country?? –N.C.

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