This week I read Aveyard's Red Queen. It's the first in a YA fantasy series and is on every blogger's top list for the genre. However, popularity doesn't always equal quality or interest, so I went in with a grain of salt.
The first few chapters feel like The Hunger Games fanfiction. There's a post-apocalyptic society based on separating classes (blood = districts) and a main character that belongs to the poorest and survives by stealing and breaking other laws (Mare = Katniss). She even has a psuedo hot bestie who's the only one who really gets her (Kilorn = Gale).
However, despite these parallels, the story does get into it's own unique groove. The world-building was really fun (Silvers have lots of cool powers) and Mare's lightning was a fun twist. I was all set for a Kilorn vs. Cal love triangle, and then Maven comes in and throws the whole thing for a loop. I love to be surprised by an author and Aveyard definitely kept me on my toes, never quite getting what I was expecting.
My only complaint is that Mare was a smidge over dramatic about things. She definitely knew she was going to die in almost every scene. She definitely loved or hated various people without any real conviction to those feelings, and she flips after several events. But I loved her personality and spunk, that she was willing to do anything to help the people she cared about, and she was willing to put herself in danger to protect her family.
All in all, Red Queen was a great, interesting read that kept me glued to my chair. I look forward to continuing the series and have already put the sequels on my Christmas list!
Up next, I'm stepping out of genre to try out Rupi Kaur's milk and honey. Who's read this one?