Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Mare Barrow is used to the way the world works. The Silvers run the kingdom, and the Reds do their bidding, do their manual labor, fight their wars. But when Mare's best friend ends up conscripted to the military, she's willing to do whatever she can to save his life, especially since she knows she's only a few months behind.
But there is a lot more to Mare than meets the eye, and she finds herself in a world of lies and techerary and deceit, which leads to a very suspenseful read. Red Queen is full of plot twists and surprises, as well as a strong female lead character and writing that pulls the plot along. And, believe it or not, Red Queen involves a love triangle I can actually enjoy: one between a girl fighting not only for herself but for her people, and the two brothers on opposite ends of the spectrum, neither of which she can be certain about. It certainly leads to a fascinating read.
I have some clues as to where Aveyard will take the series next, but there are a million different avenues she could explore. And the plot, while nothing completely original, was surprising enough that I have no idea what will happen next. But I can't wait to find out. While Red Queen doesn't set the bar for YA high fantasy, it's definitely a great addition to the genre, one that I absorbed as quickly as possible, setting the board for a sequel I will eagerly await.