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 …

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: 10th February 2015

Series: Yes, it’s an incomplete trilogy. The second book shall be published in February 2016, and the third is likely to be published in 2017.

Red Queen follows a 17 year old girl that’s from a poor family and is uneducated and has no talents. Except from thieving. She suddenly finds herself invoked with the royal family with powers she didn’t know she had. A rebellion is brewing and she’s crucial to it. Mare has to save herself while saving the ones she loves, but that is a dangerous game.

The Characters:

Brilliant. They’re complex and full of layers. Mare thought she was a plain, poor thief of a village, constantly shadowed by her talented and good sister. She turns out to possess some deadly power that’s unheard of. She still thinks and feels like a Red, and hates the way Silvers treat them. She uses what she can in her new position to help start a revolution. I won’t go into detail about the other characters because I’ll spoil it and I think as a reader, you should peel their layers off yourself. Overall, the characters are all different from each other with different morals that make them stand out from each other. The only bad thing I can say about the characters is that, they’re too alike to other YA characters; the weak girl that becomes strong; the conflicted male that’s confused about his feelings; the cruel and manipulative villain.

The Plot:

It’s fast paced and sometimes it’s hard to get your head around the events because they’re so sudden. That can be good and bad. It’s a dystopian and fantasy novel. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t seem to come across them that often. It’s a strange mix. In my opinion, dystopian and fantasy don’t seem to mix naturally. Technology replaces the need for magic/powers and vice versa. Victoria Aveyard mixes the two genres together well and I was amazed. The story itself reminded me too much of Hunger Games,Divergent and Grisha. I guess I didn’t think it was that original. Revolution. Powers that are limited to only one thing. A great divide of people with one side thinking they’re great and should rule over the others. Oppression. A common girl that suddenly finds out she has a rare power. I could say more but you get my point. These things sound pretty familiar.

The Writing:

Victoria Aveyard writes well but it’s not something special that I could rant about. She writes quickpacedly (not a word, I know) and I think the book could have been longer. Events tumble one after the other and I’d have liked to see Mare struggle more. At one point in the book, I was lost and had no idea who was who and doing what. The descriptions are a bit lacking and mainly focuses on how impressive and wasteful the Silvers are.

The Conclusion:

I’m a sucker for these type of books. I can’t wait for Glass Sword to come out and I think this is a series I’m really going to enjoy. The characters may seem reused but if you like Divergent, Grisha, or Hunger Games, you should definitely give this a try.

Rating: 4 Stars – See my rating system. It’s added to my near- favourites list because I think this series has a lot of potential and I wouldn’t be surprised if a movie comes out in a few years but I don’t think the story is that original.

Owned: Yes! Bought it on an impulse. The cover looked well nice so I had to get it. It was recommended to me by the same friend that introduced me to Cassandra Clare.

Recommended for: those that like dystopian and. those that like fantasy. Definitely give it a try if you like Divergent, Hunger Games or the Grisha trilogy.


Have you read this? If so, what did you think? Did you see that twist coming?

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