Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review and thoughts

red queen victoria aveyard review

I recently read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a new (published in February 2015) young adult novel set in a futuristic time.  As you might know, I am a fan of young adult dystopias and post apocalyptic novels, so Red Queen seemed up my alley. 

First, let me introduce the world the story takes place in. People are divided by something as deep as blood; if you have red blood you're part of the vast majority, and if you have silver blood, you're part of the lucky few, the royalty, and wealthy people. They also have inherent abilities, making the dividing line even more clear and hard to cross. Of course, and as it's usual with these novels, you're supposed to feel connected to the main character, who is part of the "forgotten" side of society. It's easy to feel like you belong with them, since us humans all have red blood and superpowers are not common (I choose to think someone out there has superpowers but we just don't know it yet).

As a young adult novel, you get all the young love, relationship talk, and even a love triangle. I am not a fan of this, but it's bearable. I would rather read a book with no love interest, but most teenagers do want to read about it, and it fits into the storyline and plot, so I don't want to complain too much about it. 

It contains some of the typical elements of YA fiction, but it touches some topics that aren't as usual or prominent in the genre. Loyalty, betrayal, and trust are huge parts of the plot and, in a way, it feels refreshing from all the other books I've read before. You might be able to guess some of the plot from the title, but don't let it fool you, because I played smart and thought I would know everything and that was far from reality. 

I found the book through Good Reads, and I'm really glad I did. It has multiple plot twists and, even though the middle part was the hardest to digest, I greatly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to all of you. 


If I could time travel

Time travel

I have loved time travel stories ever since I first watched 'Back To The Future' when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mother still talks about how I understood it so easily and kept talking about it for days. None of my friends had seen it and it wasn't the typical movie a kid wants to watch, but my taste in movies and tv shows has always been different from the norm, especially as I was growing up.

A lot of people, when asked if they would choose to travel in time, say no. I don't understand why: if you get the chance to know more, why deny that oportunity? 

If I could time travel, I would choose to go to the future. I am a science lover, and I get curious about how fast society is progressing. I wonder how science and technology will affect the lives of the people living 200 or 500 years from now. Travelling in time would be an amazing experience I wouldn't know how to reject. 

What about going back in time? Although I would love to live some time periods myself, we have a lot of information about those times. It's already happened. We have books, letters, photography, even pieces of film. If I had a time machine I would definitely take a trip back in time at some point, but it wouldn't be my first option.

I don't know if the amount of time I spend thinking about time travel, and what I'd do if it were an option, is odd, but I love thinking about the posibilities. My imagination is always a step before me, and I am not going to hold it back.