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Review: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard


  • Published: February 12th, 2015
  • Published by: Orion Books
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult. Teen Fiction
  • Formats Available: Kindle Edition, Paperback, Hardback
  • ISBN: 978-1-4091-5073-2
  • Other Notable Works:
    1. Glass Sword
    2. Cruel Crown
    3. Queen Song
    4. Steel Scars
  • Rating: 5star-rating


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…



This book has been on my to-read shelf since it came out, and I have finally gotten around to reading it. On reading the synopsis, I was hooked on the mighty silvers, covered in glittering jewels that lived so effortlessly alongside the oppressed reds; a people born inferior just by the colour of their blood.

I can definitely say that this book lived up to it’s blurb. The characters were vivid, well written and realistic. The only downside to ‘Red Queen’ is that I constantly felt like I was reading a book that was trying to be too much like Suzanne Collins‘ ‘The Hunger Games Series‘, with the Silvers this time mimicking the rich, cultured Capitol and the Reds once again being the oppressed districts, sent to fight a rich man’s war because, they are simple, uncultured people whose only purpose is to serve the Silvers.

Red Queen is ultimately about a seventeen-year-old girl named Mare Barrow, who is a simple pick-pocket from a small village known as The Stilts who ends up the centre of a whirlwind romance between the two crown princes Cal and Maven after it is discovered that she too shares the abilities of the Silvers during Queenstrial. Upon discovering Mare’s gift, Aveyard highlights how sheltered the citizens of the Silver world are, in that they cannot accept that maybe, just maybe, red blood can and has mutated.

The character of Mare has been constructed very cleverly to the point where we as the reader feel what she feels through Aveyard’s brilliant use of description, plot twist and narrative. I also love than none of her characters are only there as a filler. They each serve a purpose for both Mare, and as a tool to propel the book forwards whilst giving us little glimmering looks into the past which, are now having a staggering effect on Mare’s present and future life.

Red Queen does end with a lot of unasked questions like, what happened to Mare’s family? Who is Farley really? and Do her and Cal get together properly? Luckily, Victoria Aveyard has already written and published a series of novellas answering a few of these questions as well as the much anticipate sequel ‘Glass Sword’.

Overall, I loved this book and I cannot wait to get into the sequel, once I can get my hands on a copy.

Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments below.


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