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Stinger Reviews “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

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Imagine you are living in a kingdom where you have are a slave to your ruler. There is a great divide in the country: those with red blood and those with silver blood. Humans with silver blood have certain abilities which makes them superior to the average reds, who have no special ability. The king and all of his nobles you serve have silver blood, as well as the ability to control things from fire to water and everything in between.  In your mind, stealing is the only way you can help your family.

This kingdom has a nationwide conscription for the army on your eighteenth birthday if you are not employed with something else. Your father was badly injured in the same war you will soon go fight. It’s been going on for centuries after all. This late in the game, it is very unlikely that you will be able to find an apprenticeship. This leaves you with two options: run away or go fight in a war that will most likely end your life. Luckily, we all live in a fairly stable country, but Mare Barrow must face all these choices. Little does anyone know, she is stronger than they could ever imagine.

The Red Queen series contains the books Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage. This series, written by Victoria Aveyard, is dramatic and always keeps the reader on their toes. The book shows the struggle against a divide in the community that a group of people most learn to overcome while another group must learn to accept. The series has a constant fight against tyranny that can easily be related to things going on in the world today. While the United States doesn’t have a king or oppressive government, many groups still feel discriminated against. T
he Red Queen Series is a powerful story about people with red blood overcoming such oppressions and discrimination in an attempt to become equal to their silver counterparts. A very uplifting story keeps the reader on edge at all points, and reminds them that someone is always hiding a secret that could be destructive. The series reminds everyone to watch their back so they can prevent being used as a pawn in someone else’s game of chess.

The series is amazing, as the reader starts to understand the relationships of these characters. From royal relationships to friendships in the mud, this book has it all. The series contains its fair share of heartbreak for the very involved reader along with just the right amount of joy mixed in, with many suspenseful moments. The Red Queen series is full of amazing themes and characters, and is a truly amazing read.

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