‘A must read for everyone who loves a good adventure, rebellion and plenty of class-war tension.’ MP!er Maisie reviews Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’.

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard is part of Maximum Pop!’s book club for the month of July – and we are loving it. Full of twists and turns, deception and crashing revelations, this is not a book you will be reading slowly. In fact, you may feel the need to power through it in a night – next day grogginess be damned.

MP!er and book blogger Maisie applied to get her freebie copy of the book so we can see all her thoughts, let’s take a gander shall we?

MaisieName: Maisie
Age: 15

What did you think of the cover? I thought the cover was very clever: the contrast between the silver crown and red blood dripping off it provided an insight to the plot and reflects the storyline well.

After finishing, ‘Red Queen’, are you excited for the sequel, ‘Glass Sword’? I am so excited for the ‘Glass Sword’ but I need it now, there’s no way I can wait until February!

Who was your favourite character? My favourite character is Maven, purely because he’s just so complex and unpredictable. I love a good villain! I loved the 2 sides to his character, and other than Mare & Cal, I felt he was one of the only characters that was 3 dimensional. I would have loved to have read Red Queen from his point of view, just to be inside his head. I also have a soft spot for Julian – I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him, especially after I found out about Sara, my heart broke for him.

Red QueenBased on your first reactions, were you Team Maven or Team Cal? On my first reactions, I was definitely Team Maven, because I felt Cal had all the attention and he was ‘the shadow to the flame’ like Mare was to Gisa. Maven came across so much more sensitive, understanding and kind whereas Cal seemed arrogant. I actually would love for her to be with Kilorn though – they belong together!

If you could choose to have any of the Silvers powers, what would you pick? I would definitely choose to be a Singer like Julian, the idea that could make anyone do anything you wanted just by humming is incredible. I’d have a field day with that!

Can you describe ‘Red Queen’ in three words? I can’t describe it in just 3 words, I have so much to say! It’s thrilling, fast paced, the perfect mix of romance, action and the battle for power that dystopian novels/series do so well! I’d probably have to pick ‘fast paced thriller’ maybe.

Final rating out of 10? I’d have to give it 9 – just because I felt the beginning was a tad slow, but it definitely sped up and became more interesting as you went along. (I’ve never been a fan of beginnings anyway, the middle is the best part!) Overall though, ‘Red Queen’ is definitely my favourite dystopian novel because it doesn’t describe to one genre.. Not only is it dystopian, it is fantasy with a hint of magic and echoes epic sagas like Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit. A must read for everyone who loves a good adventure, rebellion and plenty of class-war tension.

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