My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Full review delayed for a month due to needing to read a book that is similar sounding to this and me needing to sort out my thoughts for it.
Content warnings: racism/discrimination due to blood colour, death, mind control on the unwilling, blood and gore, and lots of betrayals
Update 13 August 2015:
Ok I’ve finished Red Rising. My review for it is here. Here is my finished review of Red Queen.
Red Queen Review
What the ever loving fuck? It’s been a while since I’ve not cared about most of the main characters. They’re all despicable assholes.
First you have Cal. Crown prince. Everyone’s favourite (gag). He does a small kindness to our protag, Mare. Brother to Maven. Mother is dead by betrayal.
Then you have Maven. Younger brother of Cal. Son of the current queen. Makes Mare like him then turns his back on her in favour of his mother. I’ll repeat a line in the book. He really is his mother’s son. I had a feeling something was going on with him. Really did.
Then we have our main character, Mare. She starts out decent. Family of 6 (mother, father, sister, 3 brothers). Tries to steal one night from Cal. Fails. He gets her a job at the palace so she can avoid conscription into the military into the never ending war. At least her initial actions were to help her family survive in the poverty stricken conditions they live in.
Then we’ve got various members of the Scarlet Guard (who I don’t care to remember their names). Called a terrorist group. Really they’re trying to usurp the kingdom and make everyone’s lives better (except the ruling silver class who is going to be on equal footing with the “lowly” red class which is defined soley by what colour your blood is). So they’re a group of rebels.
And various members of the Silver court. Who, just because they bleed silver, think they’re better than everyone else. Oh and because they have certain and specific abilities. And value power over all else including humanity.
Then we get the yet unidentified other members of Mare’s group. People with red blood but silver abilities. One of which is her brother. The rest will probably be talked about in further books.
The premise of this book reads almost exactly like Red Rising. Which is coincidentally why this took so long to post the review. Because they are eerily similar.
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.
Let’s see similarities:
Mare Barrow -> Darrow
Silvers -> Golds
Reds -> Reds
Scarlet Guard -> Mysterious group of rebels
infiltrates silvers -> infiltrates golds
ruling class lying to enslaved lower class -> ruling class lying to enslaved lower class
people not having many options due to blood -> unless you’re a Gold no options at all
Basically, Red Queen feels like a romance rip off of Red Rising. And it left a really bad taste in my mouth.
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