Contrived and predictable, but damned if it wasn't entertaining.
It is starting to seem that every dystopian YA just follows along the same basic plot lines, or at least picks pieces of several and just melds them together. I've gotten kind of numb to it at this point, which is actually kind of sad. The plus side with Red Queen was that I still really enjoyed it. There really wasn't anything that surprised me, yes even the ending (hello, it was foreshadowed REPEATEDLY), but I still wanted to keep listening. I guess I'm cool with contrived predictability in my YA as long as it's fun along the way.