Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen - Victoria AveyardPublisher: Orion (February 10th 2015)
Hardcover: 383 pages
Series: Red Queen #1
Source: Borrowed from the library
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?


I wasn’t sure about Red Queen. It was somewhat mildly interesting to get to know this world that Aveyard created, but at the same time the plot reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games and The Selection.  The super powers was a pleasant surprise though. I just didn’t really care much for Mare at times. Instead of a triangle there’s a love square, but that love square was painfully one sided since Mare was oblivious if my memory serves me correctly. Yes, my memory is abysmal whenever I try to recall the plot to write a review. My notes are super vague and not detailed enough. Anyways, I wasn’t quite sure what to take on the romance as I didn’t really like any of the love interests. The characters just teeter toter back and forth that it was hopeless to choose any of them. They’re better off without pursuing Mare.

There were just some things predictable as Mare navigates in the brave new world of Silver. It’s weird how she’s this ordinary low caste girl one day where no one really knows her, but then suddenly the guys take an interest on her first day when she becomes Silver. Oh yeah I can’t forget to mention that she also has the power to conjure lightening from out of nowhere. A la X-Men style and they’re investigating why she has this ability when she was a Red.

But, that twist at the end though. It really pulled on my heartstrings. It made me change my mind about this being a mediocre book.  It makes me want to read the next book to find out how Mare and Cal will get together. I want to see how Mare builds up her powers.

I also probably will need to reread the book before the sequel comes out because like I mentioned before I’m terrible at remembering things even if it’s a major plot issue.


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 (P114).

That’s all this ever was. Jealousy. Rivalry. All so shadow could defeat the flame (P352).

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard”

  1. I had some of the same feelings you did about it, I really wasn’t that interested in it until that twist at the end!To me it reminded me to much of Pawn, but I think a lot of dystopians are kind of the same. 🙁

  2. I enjoyed this one, and thought the second half particularly the last quarter was stronger, I am curious to see how things go.

  3. I had a hard time with this one being so similar to The Hunger Games too! I found myself interested but it felt very cookie-cutter. I did like the twists at the end too, though!

  4. I still need to read this at some point! Hmm, I’ve heard that this book reminds people of a lot of other books. Glad to hear the ending managed to pull it out of mediocre-ville. Great review, Jackie!

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