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Fresh, Exciting Dystopia | Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is a book to get excited about!

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title & Author: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Dystopia

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via publisher


“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? ”

Something New & Exciting

At first, Red Queen sounded an awful lot like Red Rising. Because of the whole color thing and rage against the powers that be thing.

BUT! Never fear. This book is wholly unique and aside from two opposing colors (representing different classes), there aren’t any other real similarities between these two books.

With that piece of business out of the way, I’ll just tell you up front – Red Queen is excellent.

There are two groups of people in this dystopian world – Red and Silver. Reds are slave race – they do the dirty jobs no one wants because they have no power, literally and figuratively. The Silvers are the aristocracy and they have abilities like super strength and mind-reading and elemental affinities.

Mare is our heroine and she’s a lowly Red. She is the epitome of a strong girl – she’s a schemer and planner. She fierce and determined, even in the face of circumstances beyond what she ever could have imagined (in a bad way).

Red Queen will keep you on your toes. There are twists and turns that will have you holding your breath.

Everything felt so fresh. Like, I understand the structure of a dystopian novel, but I didn’t feel like the book fell into any of the “been there done that” type of storylines. I love being surprised, and Red Queen surprised me with its new take on the genre.

One thing that really stuck out to me was how political this book was (along the lines of The Winner’s Curse or The Girl of Fire and Thorns). A lot of dystopias keep the focus on the action, and while Red Queen has action, there’s more under the surface, which made things that much more mysterious and exciting.

Those in power want to stay in power…always.


I am beyond hooked. I closed this book with a physical anxiety of having to wait for the next Red Queen sequel. I loved how the warring color classes, interesting world and exciting magic surprised me with their re-imagined take on YA dystopia. Red Queen is a book to read ASAP!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kara Young Dickinson

    Yay, this looks good. Your non-contemporary recommendations have been spot on for me.

    • Kara – This just made my day!! So glad I can help a reader out 🙂

      • Kara Young Dickinson

        I didn’t mean I didn’t like your contemporary reviews either just that I’m not a contemporary reader;)

  • I am excited to read this one!

  • Ooh, I’ve heard good things about this one! Can’t wait to get to it. Awesome review, Lisa!

  • Kati Junge

    Sound great! Thanks for the review. Looking forward to the book being published!

  • Mawa Mahima

    Ooh, sounds exciting! So we have dystopia but with a focus on the politics. I look forward to it!