Sunday, 27 December 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1) : Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)
Publication date: February 10th 2015
Published by: HarperTeen
Genres: YA Dystopian

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 ...

My Thoughts  
This book was phenomenal. It's instantly one of my favourite books of this year and I've had a really good reading year.

The characters in this book were great. They were very realistic I could guess how any of the other characters where going to react, which I think is the sign of a good first person book, to have the same view of the other characters as the main character has. I felt everything Mare felt. Kilorn was my favourite, I thought it was nice that for once in a dystopian it wasn't that the main characters male best friend spent his life looking after Mare but Mare spent her life looking after Kilorn.

The plot kept me constantly on edge. I never knew what was going to happen, there wasn't a singe dull moment in the book. It took a bit of time before the plot really started to pick up but I still really enjoyed those parts. The plot gradually raised throughout the book, so that in the last few chapters I could barely breath from excitement, my heart in my throat.

The only slight problem was the world building wasn't fantastic. It made no sense what so ever in the first few chapter but by the end of the book I had a pretty good idea of the world Mare lived in. I'm not particularly worried about that problem though because in the next book there is meant to be a complete explanation of the world.

In conclusion, you need to read this book. You won't regret it I promise. I'm so excited for the next book which is released on February 9th 2016. I'm giving this a strong 5/5.


  1. My (high school) book club read this a couple months ago and everyone loved it -- boys and girls. They all agreed we need to read the second one before school is out! Great review!

    1. Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed my review. I think Victoria got it right with writing a book for both genders.