I just finished reading Red Queen a few days ago and I can’t get it out of my head, so I thought I’d start a discussion on my blog about it.
NOTE: this is a DISCUSSION NOT A REVIEW. There will be lots and lots of SPOILERS. If you have not read Red Queen, stop reading this. If you’d like you can check out my mini review on my Tumblr.
OK, so Red Queen. I LOVED IT. I thought it was Amazing. I love books where the characters have powers. I thought Mare had a really cool power. I’ve been fascinating by lightning as a power since I read Winter Be My Shield and this was the type of power the main character Sierra had. This felt as much of a fantasy as a dystopian to me, and fantasy is my fav genre so this was another plus for me.
One of the things I really loved about it was the love square. I’m not the type of reader that hates love triangles. I like them if it’s a good triangle. Sometimes it can be a bit much when an author goes beyond the love triangle, but I thought it worked really well in Red Queen. I really loved the princes, yes that is plural, as in both of them.
OK, so I knew from the moment Mare and Cal met that these two are going to end up together, or so I’m assuming, and I do want them to end up together, I do, but for awhile there I was really going for Maven. At first I wasn’t that fond of him. I felt sorry for Mare having to be engaged to him. But then I started to like him right along with Mare and was totally charmed by him. Though deep down I knew, I just KNEW, he was going to betray her. I was hoping my gut instinct was wrong. I really wanted him to be who he portrayed himself to be and he and Mare to be happy together in their rebellion.
I was devastated by his actions, even though I knew they were coming.I didn’t know the exact extent of his evil though. I’m glad he did really like her in his own twisted way, too bad he was a complete psycho.
Did anyone else feel like this? Was anyone else hoping Maven wasn’t going to betray Mare and they could be together?
At the same time I did still want her to end up with Cal. At least he was genuine. And, as I said before, I think he will be the guy Mare ends up with, and honestly I think they’ll end up ruling together in the end.
And then there is her best friend Kilorn. He didn’t get much airplay, so I didn’t want Mare and him together at all. But I think that is going to change in book two. I think to fight her feelings for Cal, she’ll turn to Kilorn. Poor Kilorn, the best friend never stands a chance.
And wasn’t it great when the brother turned up at the end not dead?
So what are your thoughts on Red Queen? Did you like the princes? Did you fall for Maven’s charm? What do you think will happen in book two?