Book Review- The Red Queen



The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by Orion on February 12, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 383

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

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

After having this book recommended *ahem, shoved in my face* multiple times by multiple people, I decided I should probably just read it- so at least I could tell people to back off if I didn’t like it. But, I was actually really surprised by this one.

I’ve been trying to move away from the dystopia book, mostly because after a while they just all sound the same. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this so much- because I haven’t read a dystopia in quite some time.

Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that this book doesn’t remind me of others. It reminded me A LOT of The Selection series (which I also enjoyed, so I didn’t mind that at all), and had some similarities to a bunch of other dystopias, like the Hunger Games (the whole area/fighting aspect), and pretty much any dystopia where the main character finds out they have powers.

I loved the characters in this book, and the depth they had to them. Yes, some of the *ahem* not as important characters were a little one sided *ahem* Evangeline *ahem*. But for the most part, the characters were interesting and some had some very surprising sides to them.

The one thing that really sets the Red Queen apart from other dystopias was the theme repeated throughout the book: Anyone can betray anyone. It was so relevant throughout the story, and I felt like it really tied the events of the book together.
BUT THE END. OH THE END!!!!!! I wont spoil anything, but that just threw me for a loop. UGH. WHYYYYYYYY.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this book to people who love YA, The Selection, and/or dystopia (or are looking to get into/back into dystopia). But just be sure to have the second book on hand, because if you are anything like me then you’ll have about two seconds to breathe before your nose is buried in the Glass Sword!

I am going to give Red Queen four out of five hearts.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review- The Red Queen

  1. I’ve been on the fence about picking this one up – I’ve seen ravingly good reviews and absolutely scathing ones and I just didn’t know what to think so I’ve just held off. I may have to add this to my TBR list now though. Too many people who’s opinions I trust have come down on the positive side of things for me to ignore it any longer!

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  3. Ohmigosh – I read this book earlier this year and I got Selection vibes too! It was like, I looooooove the Selection series so much (minus the Heir and the Crown), I couldn’t help but love this book.

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      • Yeah, on my birthday, I was halfway through “Glass Sword”. Then I opened this box of Tetris-ed books, and it was in there. Then, my parents pre-ordered the “King’s Cage”, and it arrived a few days later. I was so happy, I ran around the house squealing. . . Hehuhhuh.

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      • Thanks! I lent it to my friend, and it took her three months to read. I was stressed out that it was ruined. (The spine was a little cracked, but with the slip cover on, you’d never know.)


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