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