With an intriguing blurb, I expected great political intrigue and an action-packed book , however, Red Queen as a result, had poor plot execution and forgettable characters. Expectations were very high when it came to this book due to it’s immense popularity among fellow book bloggers who has read this book, however, it fell short in the end.
Let’s start with the world-building because that’s my favorite to discuss in every book review. I am a visual person and while reading Red Queen I was unable to visualize what Miss Aveyard, was trying to show. The descriptions were quite vague (or kinda confusing?) that it was difficult to paint a picture in my head. There was no clear setting in the book. It takes place in a futuristic dystopian society in which the citizens are split in two groups, the Reds, who live in poverty and the Silver, who are the elite as they have god-like powers and that’s all I seem to have gotten out of the book. In the beginning I get this medieval feeling, but then as I kept reading on, technology was introduced and my reaction
Other than the setting, I would say that the characters were not that great. Mare Barrow at first, seemed like a great heroine and I had great respect for her when it came to her love for her friends and family; however, as the story progressed she became unlikeable. She is portrayed as a headstrong heroine especially with her superpowers, but in the end I found her to be whiny, self-centered, hypocritically judgmental and a complete idiot. Yes she is a flawed character, but she never admits that she made mistakes nor did I notice any character development. To put it simply, Mare was a heroine I had a hard time empathizing with. The two love interests (or is there three?) I didn’t really care about. Sure I prefer one of them for her, but as I kept on reading, the romance didn’t matter as much anymore. As a matter of fact I found the love triangle (square?) annoying. The romance I wished would have developed more, because I had a hard time believing it. Overall the characters I found one dimensional and easily categorized into a stereotype.
Truthfully the main reason that this book was such a disappointment is the fact that while reading, I get this familiar feeling that I have read it somewhere before. This book was filled with tropes upon tropes and cliches that we have all seen in young-adult novels, so in the end, nothing in the story impressed me. I will admit that the secrets that were revealed did surprise me a bit, thus I gave one star for that. As for the other one and half star, that goes for the epilogue because despite my disappointment, I will still read the next book just to see what happens.
Overall Red Queen was just an okay read. Ironically I did read the book in a day and it was good entertainment for a couple of hours; however, I found the book to be so generic–nothing that I haven’t seen before and I truly believe that the book is overhyped. I’ve also come to the conclusion that beautiful book covers can be deceiving!
Have you read Red Queen? If so what did you think of it?