The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. The premise is great: the unfairness of having wealth and by power by the only virtue of being born in the right family, or in this case having silver blood instead of red blood. Then there is the female protagonist, Mare, a Red blood with the abilities of those with Silver blood. I found it to be a clever allegory of what is going on in the western world right now with the ever widening gap between the haves and the have-nots and the ever shrinking middle-class. Soon it is discovered that there are other Reds like Mare. The are called New Bloods. Mare and her allies round up all the New Bloods the have records of. The New Bloods join the Red Army to try overthrow the royal Silvers. The Red Queen series got off to a great start, but in my opinion, four books was one book to many.

I devoured the first two books. With the third book my attention started to wane. At first I thought it was suffering from middle book syndrome, so I powered through. Eventually Mare’s whining and the male protagonist Cal’s aloofness started to get on my nerves.

I had to mark book four as ‘did not finish.’ I rarely DNF a book, especially the last book in the series, but, honestly, I got to the point where I didn’t care how the series ended. I feel horrible saying this. I never like to say anything bad about an author’s hard work.

I will revisit book four in a few weeks. My opinion my totally change by then. I have resisted the urge to look up spoilers to see how the series ends to spur me on to give book four a second chance. So, I will write another review then.

Happy Reading Y’all,

Bookish Wendy

PS: Edited to add that now that I have written this review I feel the need to pick book four up again. Sorry that this review was all over the place, but being all over the place is sort of how I roll. 🙂

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