BOOK REVIEW | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart

blurb from Goodreads

I bought this book for two reasons: it was on sale ($15!!!) and I had heard fantastic things about it. While I don’t necessarily regret buying it on a whim, I know that my $15 could have gone towards another book I’m sure I would have completely loved.

I found Red Queen to basically be a combination of The Selection by Kiera Cass, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It was definitely its own story, don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t help but think of the other stories similarities as I was reading. As far as the protagonist, I don’t hate Mare but I don’t really care what happens to her. Actually, that’s how I feel about all of the characters. The first 50 pages were pretty uninteresting and I was skimming pages, trying to get to something exciting. Me feeling bored could have just been due to the fact that I was snowed in and restless, or it could have been because nothing really happened. However, once the story started moving, I couldn’t stop reading (it was actually mostly skimming still). I ended up staying up late to finish it.

This is a really incohesive book review, I apologize, but I don’t know how to describe my feelings towards this book. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I’ll read the sequels, but I’ll probably give my brother my copy because I doubt I’ll re-read them. Maybe if Red Queen had come out around the same time as the other popular dystopian novels I mentioned above, it would feel less like a knock-off and be able to stand on its own feet. With all that being said, if you enjoyed Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Selection, (and you’re not as bitter and resentful as me) I think that you’ll be a fan of Red Queen.


3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  1. I’m just happy you are honest in your review. I have been having a hard time reading more recent YA releases. They are seeming like mash-ups of previous “bestsellers” instead of new ideas. I’m now leaning towards other books that are not considered “popular” and giving them credit where credit is due because 95% of the time, they are more innovative than the bestsellers, especially the independent published works.


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