Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

My, oh my! I was not prepared for how much I was going to love this book. I keep trying to run away from young adult fiction and move on to ‘bigger things’ but this book is the perfect example of why I will forever completely, shamelessly and unapologetically love this genre!

imagesI’d heard many things about this book and looked at it a couple of times when I saw it on the bestsellers wall at the bookstore but I kept brushing it off as just another hunger games/divergent-esque look-a-like. BUT, after seeing bloggers, bookstagrammers and booktubers alike rave about it I had to see what all the fuss was about.

In essence, it does mimic the post-apocalyptic, dystopian theme of many popular young adult novels before it but it definitely deserves its own place in the league. I thought I’d be able to predict what would happen next at every point in this book and there would be nothing new and different about it but every new page holds another dramatic plot twist. I could not have guessed how this story would end.

I love a diverse range of genres and themes so the main thing I judge a book by is whether or not it makes me have to turn the next page. If I’m not missing sleep to finish a book it just isn’t good enough. Once I got through the introductions in ‘Red Queen’ and the plot really started to form, I couldn’t put it down. Hillsong Conference was this week and I had this book in hand while sitting on the train, waiting in line for coffee, in between speakers and in every other spare moment I could find.

The only thing I really didn’t like was the messy love square (is that a thing) that dominated a lot of the story. I’m just not a fan of the “oh which boy do I love” aspect so commonly given to female protagonists – I feel like we can come up with much better character flaws for our heroines.

Overall, I’d say it lives up to the hype and deserves a spot on your bookshelf!

About the Book

“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.

But Mare possesses a deadly talent of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of her potential the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long-lost silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.

Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.

This is Reds and Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”
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3 thoughts on “Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

  1. This was a great review! I completely agree with you about the romance aspect of it; I’m not that big of a fan of love triangle/squares or any sort of “I love him, I love him not” sort of stuff, simply because it’s a little too much for me. Usually, I either pick a favorite and the protagonist chooses the other one OR I hate them both and wish the protagonist was with someone else. Or, with no one at all. Why does the main character always have to be with someone? Anyway, this was really cool, I read this book about a year ago, and I have yet to read the sequel.

    ~ Cec @ Yellow Eccentricity

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