A customer in the store yesterday was telling me about her goldfish, and how it had its own Facebook page. This was moderately cute until I realized that she was telling me that her goldfish told her what to type, and that obviously it couldn’t do it itself without a waterproof computer. Because clearly, that’s the only impediment to fishy bloggers – the lack of good waterproofing. Cue backing away slowly, as she is telling me about her plans to mic the aquarium and live stream (no pun intended) her talking fish… On a different note, I had a customer who told me he had no idea Nelson Mandela was a member of the Illuminati. Why did they think he was a member of the Illuminati, you may ask? Because of the Coretta Scott King award on the cover of Kadir Nelson’s children’s book, Nelson Mandela. Sigh.
If you love a good dystopian YA, Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel, Red Queen is for you. With a lot (and I mean a lot) of parallels to The Hunger Games & Divergent, the characters and plot twists make this read different enough to still be enjoyable, without feeling like you’re just reading on repeat. If you have read Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, this is like a weird parallel universe to that book.
Red Queen is a little more rooted in fantasy territory, and has a unique take on the dystopian theme. The nobility of Red Queen‘s world is distinguished by their innate ability to channel fire or electricity, or possess extreme strength or psychic powers. Their control over the lower class is absolute, who don’t possess any superhuman talents. Imagine the uproar when Mare, a girl of perfectly common blood, suddenly displays her own power – and no one’s surprise is greater than Mare’s.
I won’t get too deeply into the plot and spoil it, but there are some great twists, a little romance, lots of intrigue. Lots, and lots, of intrigue. Like baby Game of Thrones. If you have a teen who is looking for an entry to more sophisticated story lines, this is a good place for them to start.
This is clearly the start of a series – it should be a fun ride.