Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Dystopian, science fiction, Young Adult
What did you like about the book? This is the third book in the Red Queen series and it did not disappoint! Mare Barrow is imprisoned by a mad king who has a sick obsession with her. She is tortured, paraded around as a pet on a leash and suppressed in isolation for months waiting for her people, the Red Guard, to come and rescue her- which they finally do.
The descriptions in this book about the different families with their different abilities was amazingly detailed. Some families can create storms, control water, control electricity, manipulate metal, and still others can teleport. With all these abilities, the war scene near the end was just so interesting and well thought out. Aveyard does an amazing job describing different scenes between different groups, yet manages to not totally confuse you or mess up the story.
This is a great book and series with another book on the way. I can’t wait to read the fourth!!
Anything you didn’t like about it? There is nothing I didn’t like about this book.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great series for those who love dystopian stories mixed in with science fiction and a little romance. Some read-a-likes are “The Winner’s Curse” series by Marie Rutkoski and the “Starbound” series by Amie Kaufman. This series definitely has more science fiction in it, but I would say its light sci-fi- not a fantasy sci-fi, although there are some fantastical elements to this story. It’s definitely a must-read series!
Who should buy this book? Young adult libraries, high schools, personal collections
Where would you shelve it? young adult fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA
Date of Review: 3/13/2017