Published by HarperTeen on February 10th, 2015
Genre:Young Adult Fantasy
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...
I don't even know where to start. In the beginning, I could foresee many of the outcomes of Mare's actions. However, when more and more mysterious, charming, and brave characters were introduced, creating their own ideas and actions, I found the consequences were harder to spot. The writing of the story is fantastic, there was never a time when I got confused with what was happening. The characters were well rounded and developed. I knew from the beginning not to trust a certain person, who shall remain nameless. They just seemed like they had something up their sleeves. I really enjoyed the concept of the two blood types. I honestly questioned how Mare would prevail over the Silvers if she didn't possess any powers. The action and emotion were fantastically portrayed in Red Queen. I definitely recommend reading this if you are into abilities, a corrupted government, and a sprinkle of romance.
A huge thanks to Kelly over at Belle of the Literati for hosting this challenge!
When I First Read: Shortly after the book was released.
What I Remember: Silver blood is superior over red. Mare's blood is red but she has inherited powers of a silver's blood. She is taken to live with the king for her own safety or for the safety of the kingdom. Lots of twists, gut-wrenching, backstabbing, and a steampunk/victorian fight for survival.
Why I Wanted to Re-Read: To refresh my memory before Glass Sword.
How I Felt After Re-Reading: Excited.
Would I Re-Read Again?: Probably.