Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard

Shelfie Score: 44%

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Publisher: Hachette UK
Pages: 320


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 balanc...

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Savannah Wallace

This book review was originally posted on my Tumblr book blog:

Sell Me in a Sentence: If all your favorite dystopian/fantasy series decided to have a baby, Red Queen would be that baby.

Short Summary:Mare Borrow, a 17 year-old Red citizen of the kingdom of Norta, is recruited to be a servant of the Silver ruling family at their summer house, only to discover she is capable of things she could never have imagined for herself.

Review: I would have to agree with most people I’ve talked to and say this book is just “meh”. It’s not that it isn’t interesting or engaging or exciting. It is all of those things. For anyone who has read a lot of YA, particularly dystopian YA, this is nothing new.

This book took ideas from my two favorite YA series, The Selection and The Hunger Games, and made an inferior version of both those worlds, and others, combined.. I was fascinated with the world building here; I particularly liked learning more about the history of Reds and Silvers as I thought there were well drawn parallels to racism in American society. I thought the supporting characters were great additions to the story; they added some much needed spice as Mare, Cal, and Maven are much duller in comparison. But it just didn’t leave me hanging on every page, wanting more. It’s also not an analytical book about society or class. It’s just fast-paced entertainment.

When I asked for reviews from my followers on Red Queen, I received mixed opinions. Overwhelming. people think the love triangle is completely unnecessary. I would point out the same; especially in any sort of series where characters’ lives are imminently in danger, yet they’re making out with heartthrobs every other second. This was one of my problems with The Hunger Games, as much as I loved that series. Romance is one of the last things I would be thinking of trying to save my life, I don’t know about you. This will be one of those annoying tropes that pervade some dystopian fiction, given the popularity of the genre, for now. Let’s hope some authors move away from that.

Overall, I give Red Queen 3.5 STARS!


Excellent, the plot twist was so unexpected and unpredictable. It doesn’t go into as much detail into the new world but it is a great read, read in one sitting.


Bookaxe Characteristics for Red Queen

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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