Jaclyn’s Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
written by Victoria Aveyard
published by HarperTeen, 2015

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Did I enjoy this book? It took me a bit to warm to this book. I picked this book up because I thought the cover looked really cool. (Isn’t that how everyone selects books to read???) As I read the book, all I could think was that this is just the Hunger Games trilogy set in a slightly different universe. You have a dystopian society and a gifted heroine who suffers unexpected tragedy. This heroine then becomes the reluctant face of a revolution. The similarities were so strong that I honestly started to become irritated.

HOWEVER, once I stopped trying to look for similarities and just read the book for the sake of reading the book, I really did like it! The societal gap is between the Silvers (people with silver-colored blood who have special powers) and Reds (people with red-colored blood who do not have special powers). As you read the book, you find out that there is a THIRD type of person–they have red blood AND special powers that are more powerful than those held by the Silvers. From this point you have all the regular YA drama: Start a war? Don’t start a war? Who do I trust? Which boy do I like? This book is the first of four books, so it “ends”–but not really.


Would I recommend it? Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA books. There is violence without gore, romance without erotica, and enough moral dilemmas to really make you think about right and wrong.



About the book – from Goodreads: 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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  1. I’ve had this on my TBR for awhile now. I need to read this.