TITLE: Red Queen

AUTHOR: Victoria Aveyard

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 383



GENRE(S): Dystopian, Fantasy

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - The Contented ReaderThis 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.


There is so much hype surrounding this book that I just had to try it. It has such a gorgeous and sleek cover and the synopsis captured me. Overall, I do feel like the hype was a little misleading for me.

All together, I did enjoy this Red Queen. Mare is a strong heroine and main character.  The dynamic between Mare, her family and the Silvers is really captivating. The villains or ‘bad guys’ of the story are so well done. I found myself in that ‘love to hate them’ mode the whole way through.

Aveyard built such an intriguing and impeccable world. Her writing is so vivid and draws you right in. I found myself consistently wondering what would happen next. The ending is also very suspenseful and has me desperately wanting the next book – which is always a good thing!

My only issue with this book is the overwhelming sensation that I’ve read it before. It definitely reminds me of the Divergent series and the Hunger Games series. The book kind of felt like those two series had a baby, and this is the result.

That said, I am looking forward to seeing what the next book brings! I think Aveyard will be able to turn the series around into something that is really different – at least I hope so! I’m hoping I enjoy Glass Sword when I get around to reading it!

Anyone can betray anyone.

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About The Author

Victoria Aveyard Author Photo - The Contented ReaderVictoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film and Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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