Red Queen

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Kat­niss meets the X- Men

Re­lease Date: 12 Fe­bru­ary

393 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Vic­to­ria Ave­yard Pub­lisher: Orion

Some­times you can call

a book de­riv­a­tive and it’s an in­sult, plain and sim­ple: the au­thor has plucked char­ac­ters, sce­nar­ios and ideas from other works and shame­lessly Xeroxed them. Red Queen is so like The Hunger Games you keep won­der­ing when its lead char­ac­ter, Mare, will vol­un­teer as a trib­ute; mean­while, the rest of the cast have X- Men- style su­per­pow­ers. Did we say “shame­less”? It is.

How­ever, once you’re over your out­rage there’s a good chance you’ll en­joy the re­sult. Mare is a poor street- thief who finds her­self work­ing in a palace filled by her world’s sil­ver- blooded, heart­less rulers, and be­fore long there’s a re­bel­lion brew­ing among her fel­low red- blooded hu­mans. It’s slick, it’s in­ter­est­ing and – at times – grip­ping. In­stead of “rip- off ” we’ll use the word “homage”, then, and let it go. Jayne Nel­son

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