Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Date Publishished: 10 February 2015
I always try to be as honest as possible when I review books and sometime I just don’t like a particular novel. Unfortunately, this was one of those novels. If I think back to why I bought Red Queen in the first place I have to admit that it was largely because of all the hype. I was seeing the book everywhere in the book community, on every blog, bookstagram account and all over booktube. It was really difficult to avoid Red Queen and so I thought that I should at least check the reviews on Goodreads. Most of the reviews were mixed and it seemed like one of those “love it” or “hate it” and I’d only know if I tried. Of course, that being said this is review is merely based on my personal preference.
Firstly it took me two weeks are more to finish this book and the book isn’t really that long. I just really battled to get through it and I don’t like not finishing books I have started, so I pushed through.
So many other book lovers who did not like the book have said that it was because of the lack of originality in the plot. Personally, that is not what bothered me. I believe that you could give five different authors the same writing prompt and each author would write a story that is completely different from the rest, regardless of similarities in the plot.
My main problem with Red Queen was the writing style. There was no narrative voice, the writing was too simplistic. It seemed as though the author was not invested in her characters, and so they seemed extremely one dimensional. The characters were also not consistent, I had absolutely no emotional attachment to any of them, I didn’t care whether they lived or died.
The world building was terrible, it lacked clear descriptions. On the one hand there were moments when I felt like the author thought her readership were a bunch of morons because she explained things that didn’t need explaining. But on the other hand she didn’t explain why the human race was divided by silver and red. How did the silvers come to be?
It read like something I could have read on Wattpad when I was fourteen, so perhaps fourteen year old me would have appreciated it a lot more. Or maybe I am being way too critical? I know a lot of people love this book and that is great. It is just not my cup of tea.