Red Queen was another bookstagram buy but it was also my first read of 2018. I was pretty excited to read it since it seemed to be popular. It was a pretty “basic” book, if you catch my drift. It followed your basic YA guideline; love triangle, strong-ish female lead, handsome male protagonists (double points if they’re brothers), some form of evil, special powers, blah blah blah.
Nothing in particular stands out about the characters or Aveyard’s writing style. Yet, I lapped up every word because after a long time I found a dystopian YA that fed every one of my guilty pleasures.
The story is decent, and definitely has potential if Aveyard can improve her writing. As is, it’s not terrible but it’s uninspired and flat. There’s nothing memorable about the dialogues, and the characters have neither depth nor originality. In some ways the characters seem to be a mash up of several prominent YA characters, but because YA is still a very guilty pleasure, we let not just Aveyard but several other writers get away with it as well.
I really enjoyed reading the book and have already started the second part Glass Sword, but I don’t have much else to say about the story because in reality the writing is very average. It’s not bad but it’s not great either. It’s insanely predictable but I think I’ll stick it through and see where this goes.