***May contain spoilers***
Mare is a Red. And in the world she lives in the Reds serve the Silvers. Silvers are humans with super abilities like being able to control fire or having super strength. A chance encounter with the Prince gets Mare a job as a servant at the Palace. It isn’t long before it’s revealed that Mare has an ability of her own – she can control electricity. The King and Queen decide to disguise Mare as a Silver, and force her to become engaged to their son Maven. They hope to use Mare as a pawn to control the Reds, but Mare has some plans of her own.
I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this book. The Red Queen was a decent read, but I had a couple issues with it.
First, the writing isn’t great, and it took several chapters for the book to engage me. Once Mare reached the Palace and was discovered, the story picked up and was more entertaining. And I felt like the writing improved as the story went along, either that or my enjoyment clouded my judgment.
Second, three boys were in love with Mare. I just didn’t buy it. I could buy Maven being in love with her, because we were shown how their relationship progressed. And I could buy Kilorn, because he was a childhood friend. But Cal? Nope. We weren’t shown enough of their relationship to understand why he would fall for Mare. I’m not opposed to the relationship, but I wish it had been fleshed out more.
I do like Mare as a character though. There were several things that happened to Mare that she had no choice over, but for the most part her choices help drive the story. Which was wonderful! I was worried that she would turn into a passive damsel in distress. Being a thief, Mare is good at running, but she grows and learns to stand and fight. She also cares so much about her family and Kilorn that she is willing to do anything to protect them. All are things that I admire about her character.
I think some of my disappointment with The Red Queen was that I just finished three books of The Lunar Chronicles, and they were all so good! And I couldn’t help but compare the books. The Red Queen was worth reading, but I’m just not as excited about this series as I am the Lunar Chronicles.
Have you read The Red Queen? What are your thoughts?