By Nimisha Mikkineni
Victoria Aveyard’s masterpiece, The Red Queen, is a best-selling novel that follows an unusual world and an even more unusual girl.
Mare Barrow, the protagonist, struggles in a world where people are separated by the color of their blood. There are the Reds, who are essentially regular humans, and there are the Silvers, who are more powerful versions of their Red counterparts. Like all the other members of their blood, Mare’s family is at the mercy of the Silvers. However, Mare herself is different: She is a Red but with Silver abilities, which makes her even more powerful than the Silvers themselves. To hide her identity, the king has Mare pose as a Silver & betrothed to one of his sons. At Court, she also becomes entangled with the dangerous Scarlet Guard, which wants equality between the Reds & the Silvers.
The Red Queen, which was published in 2015 by HarperTeen, is a surefire page turner. This book is the first in a series, and I highly recommend it if you enjoy the dystopian, science fiction, and fantasy genres. The engaging and thrilling story immerses you within its world, causing you to read page after page without stopping. A strong aspect of the book is that it features a very human main character- one that makes many mistakes and is not perfect – which allows readers to relate to her struggles and development throughout the course of the story. The depth to Mare’s character and how it influences the decisions she makes create an emotional and compelling plot for readers to enjoy.