Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 10th 2015


“Rise, red as the dawn.”

Reds live to work, fight and serve for the Silvers. The Silvers have an enormous array of abilities, from healing to controlling the elements to super strength, and are like Gods to the powerless Reds. Seventeen year old Mare Barrow might be the girl to change the tide. Mare finds herself working in the palace, serving the king and soon discovers that all Reds might not be as powerless as the Silvers want to believe.

Red Queen delivers exactly what you’d expect, but it still can’t help but feel derivative. This is partially the fault of the dystopian genre driving itself into a rut of similar stories and characters. There are elements from The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, Divergent and so many more that it feels difficult to find ANYTHING unique about the book.

Aveyard does have an interesting world but she went a little too broad with the range of powers the Silvers could possess and even confuses herself once or twice forgetting the difference between skin/blood healers and so on. Still there is clearly a lot of detail put into the houses and their relation to one another and it’s easy to appreciate.

The most disappointing thing in the novel is by far Mare. She was so disappointing. Putting the love triangle (square perhaps?) aside she was so typical. A rough girl who cares for her family, a tomboy, quick with her tongue. She fell very much into the Katniss Everdeen mold. There wouldn’t be a problem if she was deeper but she just feels like a very flat Katniss. Then there’s Cal who’s mood and interests seem to sway depending on what will push the story along better.

The redeeming factor is definitely the villains, they’re interesting and full of surprises, along with the few interesting world aspects and the ending, is enough to make this book pleasantly average.


Read this if you’re a fan of: Throne of Glass


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