Review: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

TITLE: Red Queen
AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard
GENRE: Young Adult, fantasy, dystopia, romance
PUBLISHED: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
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(Courtesy of Goodreads)
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 story had ample action and intrigue. I love the super-human powers that the silvers possess. The twists and turns Red Queen takes is breathtaking and heartbreaking. I want so much for her to be herself, but there is danger everywhere and if she let’s down her guard, or rather when she lets down her guard, she gets burned. Literally.


The characters run the gamut from layered and full of life to bland and detached. There was so much information to digest when it comes to all of the Silver houses, that I found myself dismissing it and breezing over it, hoping the author will keep telling me what their powers are so I don’t have to memorize any of it. Luckily, she did. I enjoyed the story and found it to be a worthy read. I’d rate it at a 3. I love the line, “Anyone can betray anyone.” It hit hard when that came true.


This would make a great PG romantic movie with beauty and intrigue. There wasn’t anything sketchy. Good clean fun!