Book of the Month: Red Queen
To celebrate our new look website we are kicking off a regular blog segment and competition for teens; book of the month (cue fanfare!)
Each month we’ll promote a great new Y.A title on the blog and you, yes you, can go into the draw to win a copy of the book just by sending us in your own Y.A book review. How easy is that! You can review any young adult book you like, seriously, any book. Just send it in to us either by emailing your book review to email@example.com or leave it as a comment under the book of the month.
May’s book of the month is the new fantasy epic Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
Take Game of Thrones and mash it up with X-Men and you’ll have a pretty good representation of Red Queen. Set in a world divided by blood 17 year old Mare Barrow is born a Red blood, a lower class of citizen born to labour and slave for the elite and powerful Silver bloods that hold god like super abilities.
Mare lives in a poverty stricken slum known as The Stilts where unless apprenticed or employed by the age of 18 teens are conscripted into a lethal war to fight on behalf of the ruling Silver Bloods. When a pick pocketing encounter goes wrong it changes Mare’s life forever and places her in the court of the Silvers where Mare discovers her own latent powers that will threaten to collapse the entire structure of society unless the ruling Silver bloods can keep her identity as a Red blood and her power contained.
Stuck as a prisoner of the Silvers Mare finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous game of power, where anyone will betray anyone. With a revolution building among the Reds Mare is key the game for both the Red bloods and the Silvers. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
If you like dystopian fantasy fiction such as Graceling, the Selection or Red Rising then definitely give this one a go. With themes of power, politics and allegiances this book delivers on the dsytopian struggle to address inequality with X-men like style. It also has one of the best Evil Queens I’ve read in a long while.
Don’t forget send us a review of any Y.A book you’ve read recently and you will go into a draw to win a copy of Red Queen.