Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Also in this series: Glass Sword
Released by HarperTeen on 10 February 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 383
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780062310637
Source: Purchased

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his 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.


A while back I heard about Red Queen, and was immediately intrigued by the cover. It just looks gorgeous, wow! It took me a while to actually pick it up, because I heard some mixed things about it, but when I finally did I got pulled right into the story and couldn’t stop reading.

Red Queen tells the story of Mare Barrow, who is a Red. In this world, there are two kinds of people – Reds and Silvers. Silvers are the beautiful people with wonderful powers, and Reds are – well, the poor people basically. But then it turns out that Mare has powers too, and she’s immediately sucked right into the Silver court, having to pretend to be Silver, pretend she’s happily engaged to one of the princes. But you and I both know that will never last.

At first I was a bit cross with the fact that there would be another book series with ANOTHER love triangle, but in the end I must say this one didn’t really bother me at all, because I knew right from the start there wasn’t really that much of a triangle thing going on. But still, I decided that I want books with love triangle to come with a warning, like ‘WARNING: LOVE TRIANGLE’ or something like that, so I can proceed with caution.

I really liked the main character, Mare, and her family was amazing as well. I liked her friend, Kilorn, even though sometimes I could just smack him in the face because he did something I didn’t want him to do. I wasn’t too sure about the princes at first, but I think Cal kind of grew on me in the end. Maven, I am still not too sure what to think about him.. View Spoiler » I absolutely HATED the king and queen, but I guess that’s what the author wanted when she wrote them.

The world building was done very well, but I really wished there was a map of the world they live in so I could imagine it better, because now it was just a tiny bit confusing for me at some points. Maybe there’ll be a map in the next book? *fingers crossed*. It was a bit confusing as well, because the setting felt so historical – but then there were mentions of TV screens and security cameras and (I guess) cars and stuff, so then you know it’s a very futuristic/dystopian story.

A lot of people had talked about THAT PLOT TWIST so I was expecting something massive to happen. Unfortunately, for me at least, I had guessed both plot twists (or well, the massive plot twist and the reveal at the end) already so it wasn’t really that surprising to me, which is just such a shame. But I like the way they were written, and I think the author did a good job! Her writing just sucked me right out of my reading slump and I really hope I will be able to read books at my normal pace again after this!

In the end, I loved Red Queen even though it wasn’t that surprising to me. I will certainly read the next two books and hope those will be just as great as the first one!

My opinion in one gif:

(yes it’s Nori and Bombur with party glasses…. It’s a HobbitCon thing! Gif credit)