For the latest YA Book Club, we read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Having read it, I'd describe it as X-Men meets The Hunger Games. And I would say it's far more dystopian than it is fantasy.
Summary (from Goodreads):
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
Spoilers in white--so highlight to read them.
Not your typical fantasy: The setting for this story felt new and different. We had magic and a king and all the things you typically associate with fantasy, but we also had electricity. That one fact gave Red Queen a different feel from the various fantasies I've read.
The magic in Red Queen also had its own sort of spin. A lot of it was element-based (think Shadow and Bone), but not all of it. The Silvers had a host of different powers more along the lines of X-Men.
Spoilery Ponderings So let's talk about the end. Well, I'll try not to talk to much about the end, because if for some reason the white text didn't come through, I don't want to spoil it--but oh my gosh! I did not see it coming at all.
I was a big Maven fan from the beginning, but I'm one of those people who trusts way too easily (of course, if you betray me I'll only hold it against you forever). Did not see the twist coming. At all.
I liked that Mare didn't choose one brother over the other in the end, but that twist does leave us with a new love triangle for the next book. If I'm honest, I'm not a big fan of either of our options.
As far as that other reveal at the end in the train--you know the one I'm talking about--I did see that one coming, but I'm super happy about it!
kthxbai From what I read, the initial draft had a lot of words that had to be cut. The story felt a little rushed to me (but I read it all in a day...so that could be me), and I really wanted more details. But, if you like fantasy with more of a sci-fi/dystopian feel (which isn't really my thing) check it out.