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Book Review – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

Another YA fantasy with a great story slightly reminiscent of other plots.

One line synopsis:

In a world divided by red and silver blood, Mare Barrow is a Red teenager possessing Silver powers.

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This book is a perfect YA package. It’s got a love triangle square, lots of action, rebellions, Kings and Queens, superpowers and drama. Mare, the Katniss of this story is the clichéd poor protagonist facing discrimination from a society that values only the Silvers Capitol people. There are two Prince brothers(there are always princes). Best friend Kilorn (Gale). Little sister Gisa (Prim).

You can say that this book is a smart and rather ingenious concoction of various other books and themes, without tasting too bitter. Of course, that means it is a hugely entertaining and enjoyable read. That also means that this book reeks of familiarity and I’ve-read-this-before vibes. You can play a fun game guessing the book or show it has been taken from.  It’s not entirely unoriginal though. The world created by Victoria Aveyard is one of a kind, even when it seems a little derivative.

If you’re looking for a great YA read that doesn’t experiment much and is enjoyable, this book is for you. If you’re looking for something totally different and original and something that you’ve never read before, this book might disappoint you.

 

Rating:

3/5

Personally, I thought that this book was good, but it could have been better.

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