Move over, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth: dystopian YA has a new queen. A Red Queen, actually.
After a nuclear disaster of apocalyptic proportions, some of those who survived evolved to become Silvers, people with silver blood and superhuman abilities. The Silvers then took it as their right to rule over the unexceptional Reds of red blood, establishing a powerful monarchy and causing a great rift between the two classes. After centuries of laboring under terrible conditions and fighting on the frontlines of the Silvers’ war, the Reds are angry — and a revolution is brewing.
Think Hunger Games but more CGI. Game of Thrones but fewer boobs.
Only a year after the release of her debut novel Red Queen, 25-year-old Victoria Aveyard is already topping bestseller lists all over the world, going on book tours, signing babies’ foreheads and all that jazz. Young STAR got to chat up the screenwriter-slash-author about the world she’s built, Donald Trump, and treating the writing dream like a real job.
YOUNG STAR: Could you tell us how you went about world-building for Red Queen?
VICTORIA AVEYARD: World-building is probably my favorite thing about writing — creating these expansive stories that feel like if you open a door in a room in the middle of a scene, there’s something that’s going on on the other side, even though it’s not part of the story.
Did you have any particular worlds in mind when building this one?
Politically, I took a lot from Game of Thrones. I knew I wanted to do court intrigue, so obviously you have to have a monarchy in place for that. The reason I wrote this book the way it’s written is because (Game of Thrones) inspired me so much. I was also really inspired by Hunger Games.