Let me start by saying that if you don’t like plot twists, you won’t like this book; however if you do love plot twists, you will LOVE this book! Red Queen is about a society where the people are classified as Silvers or Reds, depending on the color of their blood. The Silvers are at the top of society, and control the Reds, who are the lowest of the low. The Silvers also have certain abilities, depending on their family. Some can turn their skin into stone, others have control of water, and some others can control your mind! The different abilities that the Silvers have will make you crazy with jealousy. I wish that I could have one of their abilities- but which would I pick? I have no idea.
Mare, the main character, was a Red. She had three older brothers who were forced to fight in the war, and one younger sister, who was a seamstress. This was normal because all Reds were forced to go to war when they turn 18 if they were not apprenticed (did not have a job). As Mare’s birthday approached, she became frustrated because she didn’t want to be forced to go to war just like her brothers. She wanted to have the freedom to choose. One day, she was pickpocketing, and Cal, a Silver man caught her, but didn’t punish her. A couple of days later, she was summoned to the palace and given a job. That was when she realized that Cal was the crown prince. *Insert suspenseful music here*
I promise, that was not a huge spoiler, seeing as it came in chapter six. What happened after that was where things became interesting. Mare (and the rest of the royal family) found out that she had a power unlike any other, and yes, she was completely Red. She had no trace of Silver in her body. But, since the revelation of Reds having power would completely shake up the rest of society, she was forced to pretend that she was a long lost Silver princess. She was then quickly engaged to Prince Maven, Cal’s younger brother.
Now that you know the premise of the story, it’s time for me to flail as I write this review. This book was absolutely incredible! If you didn’t know, I was waiting for this book for approximately 5 months (at the time of this review being written). Yes, I was waiting for an extremely long time, and believe me, Red Queen was worth the wait. I loved the world-building, the characters, the plot twists, the emotions, and absolutely everything else about the book!
I actually hosted a Red Queen Readalong on Twitter from December 23 to December 27 along with Sajda from Across the Words, Nicole from Quality Fangirls, and Amber from Bookish Amber. You can see my ‘real time’ reactions while reading this book if you search #RQreadalong on Twitter! You can tell from my caps lock exclamation tweets that this book had me completely hooked.
If you are looking for a book where you are introduced to a new world with amazing characters, and a million plot twists, this is definitely a book that you should pick up. While a million might be a slight overexaggeration, there absolutely were a ton of plot twists. I was actually tweeting with Kaitlin and Rachel as I read, and I was talking about one plot twist specifically, and how I didn’t know how to continue with the book because it was already so crazy, and they then told me to keep reading, because there were many more twists coming my way. I must admit, I didn’t believe them seeing as there had already been so many, but when I continued reading, THEY WERE RIGHT. The plot twists never stopped, not even at the end.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5/5 stars!