I will not compare this to The Hunger Games. I will not compare this to The Hunger Games….
BUT IT WILL BE HARD AND I WON’T LIKE IT.
Basically, Red Queen is about the Reds and the Silvers. Reds are the
people in the districts “regular” people. And the Silvers are the people in the Capitol people with special powers. Almost superhuman abilities. They use those to keep the Reds working their fingers to the bone, and fighting in a war that has been going on for almost a century. There’s immediate conscription, there’s poverty, and there are people doing anything to save the ones they love from these circumstances. The bad news? There’s almost no way out, unless you have a job. But there are none left.
Enter Mare Barrow. A Red known in her village, The Stilts, for being a clever thief. However, there is no hope for Mare, or her best friend Kilorn. Destined to serve in a war they have never and can never believe in, Mare is desperate for a way out. So, when she stumbles on The Scarlet Guard, which offers her a way to safety, how could she refuse?
The thousand crown price tag, that’s how she can refuse. When incredible circumstances find Mare engaged to the Prince of the Silvers, she becomes entrenched in a revolution that basically hinges on her.
I had heard a lot about this one, and wasn’t sure whether or not to give it a try. I’m not so great at finishing series, but I finally gave in, and I’m so glad I did. I read most of it in one sitting, with the ~romance~ and the scandals keeping me waiting to find out what happened next.
I’m sorry though, I have to say it. It felt like it was trying really hard to be like The Huger Games. Like, really hard. The powers, the people thriving on combat, the poverty compared with the gross indulgence, especially the village conditions, all SCREAMED HG to me.
Don’t get me wrong, the story was great, but if you’re looking for something new or different, this is probably not going to do it. I’ll definitely read the next in the series though, because now I am involved and need to know what’s coming next!