Review – 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.

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Rating 4.5/5 stars

I am a little late to the party when it comes to the Red Queen.  This book hit top seller lists in the last year and a bit, and although I bought it when it first came out, I JUST got around to reading it.  This story takes place in a dystopian world filled with science, war, superpowers and hierarchies.

I was pleasantly surprised as I honestly expected to feel meh about it (not sure why), but in the end it captured my attention and had me reading into the late hours of the night when I had to work early the next morning.  Mare is an interesting character who at first seems quite down, defeated and accepting of her fate, but that quickly changes. I was glad to see her grow a little more confidence as the book went along, although I was not so happy with her blind trust of certain people…

Seeing as I knew about the popularity of this book before I read it, I was aware of a bit of a love triangle…however my one critique would be that it felt more like a love octagon…I could name 4 different guys who could be potential love interests in the first half, and got a tad confused. AND was a little mad at Mare when she made her decision (but I digress).

Overall this was a great book, well written and vivid descriptions. I would for sure recommend it and am well into book 2 the Glass Sword as we speak.

Until next time…

AJ Eversley

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