I have been anxiously awaiting The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I ordered a few copies for my library and took one home last weekend to preview it.
Mare lives in a world divided by blood: those who bleed red (Reds) and those who bleed silver (Silvers). She is born a Red, and all Reds are forced to live in poverty, scraping by and succumbing to the king’s will, whatever it may be (obviously, he is a Silver). At the age of eighteen all Reds who are not employed are conscripted, or forced to join the army. They are fighting a centuries-old battle for the Silvers. Mare is simply waiting out the clock until she is inevitably conscripted. However, one night she meets a mysterious stranger and the next day she is offered a job at the palace.
As it turns out, Mare has a certain power that she did not know about; and, it is a power that could bring Silvers to their knees.
That is all I am going to tell you about the book. Seriously. It is a decent YA dystopian novel, albeit not terribly original. Mare reminds me a little of Tris in Divergent, Katniss in The Hunger Games, and America in The Selection. The darkness of the whole plot was reminiscent of Marie Lu’s Young Elites. It has a ton of action and plenty of plot twists, but does not develop the background story or the characters all that well. It is an easy (as in you will get really into it and not realize that hours have passed) read and I devoured it, and will probably even read the second installment, which is very rare for me with YA series.
And I mean seriously, HOW GORGEOUS is that cover?