Red Queen by 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.

Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopian Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Themes: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This series has been on my TBR for far too long. Now that the entire series is complete and I no longer have an excuse, I’m diving in!

I will start by saying that I have always really liked these book covers, because I judge books by their covers, and almost every time I see them, I think Why haven’t I read these beautiful books?

I love a good dystopian fiction novel, but mix in some super powers and this anime loving girl is in her bookish happy place! I really enjoyed this novel and I am intrigued to see how the trilogy ends.

What I Enjoyed: I really liked that there was a short prelude to the action. In a lot of series, the first book acts as a set up to the rest of the series. While Red Queen had a good bit of world building and character development, there was also a lot of altercation and I didn’t find myself bored or having to reread passages. I also enjoyed the plot twists! Victoria is really good building the suspense, so you know something’s coming but it isn’t always obvious what exactly is going to happen.

I like the fact that the love triangle did not go the way I expected to. But, for the record, I didn’t trust Maven from the beginning.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

Anyone can betray anyone.

This gave me total Game of Thrones vibes, and I’m, not mad about it. However, I am a little disappointed in Mare’s ability to trust all these Silvers that she just met a hot second ago. Homie has ZERO instincts.

In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.

This is like the part in every movie when the chick finds out that happy ever after doesn’t exist or in real life when you find out adulting is highly overrated and you just long for the simpler times of Lunchables and being debt-free.

What I need and what I want are two very different things.

Literally me every time I look at pizza or queso.

There’s nothing wrong with being different.

A WORD. I needed this tattooed on me the minute I started grade school

Once, I was afraid of these walls, frightened by such beauty. But I see the cracks now.

I feel like we all grow through some moment of realization like this in our lives. We long for the things we do not have and paint perfection on things that are, in truth, marred with fallacy. We scroll and scroll for hours on social media and look at all the highlights of someone’s life, but when we get a glimpse of the real person underneath the makeup and filters, and perfect captions, we often find a broken crumpling mess that’s in no better condition than we are ourselves.

I didn’t give this book 5 stars because some of it felt very derivative and as if there was a dystopian fiction checklist of things to be written into the book.

Cruel Crown was a great read for additional background information on Farley and Queen Coriane. I almost wish there was a full prequel on Coriane because I really enjoyed getting to read more about her and her background.

The story on Farley wasn’t exciting but it filled a few holes that Re Queen left and gave some information that strengthened the plot line.

Both reads were great and I lok forward to continuing this series. Tell me, have you read the Red Queen series? I know there are lots of mixed reviews, so tell me what you think!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Atlanta Reads says:

    I read Red Queen a long time ago but never continued the series. Just reread it last month in hopes I would move on to Glass Sword, but failed.


    1. Atlanta Reads says:

      I LOVE RED QUEEN though!!


  2. I’ve been listening to the audiobooks! Maybe you should try that?


  3. Grace says:

    Great review! I recently found this at a library book sale/fund raiser and decided to get it because like you said, the cover is GORGEOUS! But I’ve yet to pick it up (scared I might not like it). Your review has made it move high on my TBR though!


    1. I really enjoyed the audiobook! If you like the first one, I’d recommend trying the second one on audiobook and seeing how you like it. I’ve been using the Libby app to listen to audiobooks to catch up on my old tbr list and it’s helping a lot!

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