My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a twisted, cynical version of Cinderella with super powered characters.
In a fiction where human beings have super-powers, nasty bullies can become horrifying monsters. Their super powers usually go to their heads to warp them. If the social system in their world permits this, then they develop a god-complex. Others will only follow because of fear and indoctrination. That’s what happens in this book. Silver blooded, super-powered people are generally drunk with power, and rare silvers who are not have little room to resist the system, let alone change it. Red blooded, non-powered people are exploited. Some of them become terrorists to fight and destroy the system.
The entire system in Red Queen is Iron-clad and controls people through authoritarian hierarchy. Common soldiers are just pawns. This world is a gigantic prison for those with no powers, both social and individual.
The female protagonist holds the key to destroy the system because she is red blooded, but has a power. However, in this version of Cinderella, she is forced to assume a false identity by those who seek to control her and she loathes it.
However, this does not prevent the status and privileges from changing her. She experiences an identity crisis and bigger and more powerful liars shatter her to pieces by seduction and betrayal, forcing her to cross the line between a common thief and a murderer.
There is no happily ever for this Cinderella, this Red Queen.
Fans of super-powered fiction, such as X-Men will enjoy this story for its exciting battle scenes, and those who are tired of typical fairytales where a girl meets her prince to live happily ever after will enjoy it for its fresh cynicism.
I am glad I have found an author who stimulates my curiosity.