2020 · fantasy · romance · ya

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Author: 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…


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book was not at all bad, but the problem is that is was very similar to many other books I’ve read before. I feel like it’s a mixture between Divergent and The Hunger games with a few twists in between. If I would’ve read this when I was 15 I would’ve probably loved it but somehow over the years my book interests have changed and my taste has become a bit different.

It is centered in the world where there are two casts: Reds whose blood is the same color as their names, living poorly and have no rights, often being killed and sent to war. On the other hand there are Silvers, the elites, with their silver blood and unique powers, who feel as if their better than the Reds.

After a series of tragic events, Mare, a girl who is a Red, ends up serving those who are Silver. In order to protect her life she shows something that is not possible for someone her color, she displays powers. And so she needs to be kept in secret and marry the Silver prince Maven. Mare is to become a Red Queen.

In her new ‘home’, she learns more and more about her powers. She also realizes that there are many Red rebels who are willing to do anything to keep Silvers from taking everything from them. And so she joins them along with prince Maven, doing everything behind the royals’ back, not knowing how much that will affect her.

I really liked the world building in this book and how the author really went out of her way to portray the differences between Red and Silver world. She painted Silvers as heartless, cruel and monsters who kill and torture everyone who is not them. They do all that’s in their power to get their own way. But not everyone is that emotionless. Prince Cal, Masen’s half-brother, descends above the average and soon Mare finds herself drawn to him.

I love how family and friend focused this was because Mare had to almost sacrifice her life and freedom for the sake of those she loves. She is smart but has a big heart that she has to learn to keep hidden.

Although Mare and Cal’s relationship was painted to be something almost romantic, to me it didn’t feel that way. It seemed somewhat platonic, or like a relationship between two close friends. To be honest I wasn’t into the whole romance part of it, but I feel like, as this is YA, romance is the key component that draws many young readers into the whole plot.

As I’ve already said, this was a good book, but it wasn’t nothing new or special. That’s why I probably will not be continuing on with the series. I do want to see how the story will progress but I am not that interested to read the next book and I feel like I’d rather spend my time reading other books than this one.

Did you read this book and what were your thoughts on it? Let me know down below!

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