Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teen Tuesday Pick: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, 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. But Mare 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.
My thoughts:
A Teen dystopian, that reminds me of a "Selection" on steroids. Instead of a reality show where a bride is chosen for the prince by popular vote, the daughters of the each of the houses in the land demonstrates her lethal powers to win the Prince. The world in Red Queen is divided by the color of blood - the "Reds", the poor, working class, and the "Silvers" the rich, powerful rulers. A red girl, Mare, is called to work at the castle where during the "Queens Trial" a freak accident reveals that she has a super power that is similar to the Silvers. The novel blends intrigue, romance (a classic love triangle - Mare is betrothed to one noble brother, but secretly loves another), and uprising. If you liked either The Hunger Games, the Matched Trilogy, or The Selection series, this book is for you. With the cliff hanger ending, I am sure volumes two and three are in the writing queue.

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