Red Queen Book Review

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.

Red Queen is a startlingly beginning to a brand new series by Victoria Aveyard. This was a reread for me and I loved this book as much as I did the first time. It is the perfect dystopian novel in the sense that it plays into all the tropes, the young girl who rises from oppression and fights for those she’s left behind. But somehow this is done with a unique plot line that you never see coming. It takes your breath away in places when the pieces start to finally click into place.

One of the best things about Red Queen would have to be the magic system and the different classes that they fall under. It was interesting learning about each class and seeing which was their weaknesses. I loved that whole part of it if I’m completely honest. It made the book well rounded and brought something new to the dystopian genre.

My favourite character in Red Queen was Farley. She is the definition of strong female character, and I adore her. She is strong-willed and well rounded and just an all round brilliant character. I have to say she made the whole story all the more great, and the parts she was in made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It was well done, well written and she was one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time.

My least favourite character in Red Queen had to be Cal. He was so rigid and inflexible, it made sense for his character but I would have loved to see something more. Some more humanity, something to make me care about him more, but I found him to be a little irritating and cold. He didn’t seem to add anything to the story and it disappointed me throughoutt the book.

I would totally recommend this book, it was well written, and adds something original to the dystopian genre. If you love a good magic system with strong well rounded characters then this is a book for you. Seriously. Go pick it up, now.

Let me know if you’ve read this series and how much  you liked/hated it in the comments below? Plus do you have any recommendation because I would love to hear about them!


  1. Esther

    February 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Oh man I am almost finished with Red Queen and I am so sad that I am not loving it! I just am finding it soooo slow! Which I cannot have! I need fast paced and no insta-love-squares. I’ve decided to set it aside until I can finish it with a clearer head!

    1. thebookbloglife

      February 27, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Oh no! I loved the first one – the second one is slower as well! I hope you can finish it and find some kind of love for it!

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  6. Rebecca

    May 12, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I just finished this one and went looking for reviews on Bloglovin’. I had about the same 4-star reaction. I enjoyed it for the most part. And I have the next two ready to go.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

    1. thebookbloglife

      May 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Enjoy – this series gets more complicated as the books go on – and the political drama really heats up and it just makes me smile thinking about it!

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