REVIEW - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Source: Net Galley
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 . . .
Gah, talk about twists and turns - Red Queen blew up my mind!!

It follows Mare Barrow, a lowly young girl who is living in the back of beyond struggling to keep herself and her family alive. She is a red and they are the lowest of the low. 

The world as we know it in the book is divided in to red and silver. The working class versus the upper class ruling families. Mare and her family do the work that the silver upper classes don't want to do. The dirty work, the tricky work, pretty much all of the work from serving to fighting. 

The fighting part worries Mare, her birthday is coming up and instead of the happiness we might feel when we celebrate our birthday she is worried as she will be conscripted and sent to the front line to fight like her brothers before her. 

What she needs is a miracle and not just for her, her best friend too, he is destined for the same fate. 

Her miracle does arrive and she ends up within the court of the silver royal family. She is put in to service as a waitress and finds herself witness to the appalling behaviour of the ruling silver families. As well as being very much above the lowly reds in the social ranking, our silvery friends also have powers, like X-Men powers, healing, controlling metals and fire, you know crazy shit that the mere mortal reds do not have. 

She is serving at a silver event where the main event is whose power is best, silver against silver, battling against one another, the event is covered by a force field which Mare comes in to contact with. It should be enough to fry her but somehow it seems to release a hidden power within her, a power that shocks all the silvers present. 

Fearing her at one, they put a plan in to action to cover her up, a red with silver powers is not a good thing and she is introduced to the silver populace as the child of a deceased silver couple, she becomes a lady. Plus for good measure she is announced as the future wife of Prince Maven, the youngest of the kings sons. 

Being red, she has a lot to learn and she gets a Miss Congeniality style makeover, etiquette and all, helping her along too is the older Prince Cal who is betrothed to a complete nut case who has got it totally in for Mare. 

Whilst all this is going on, a terrorist cell called the Red Guard are trying to blow up the silvers and Mare finds herself involved plus she has an unlikely ally helping her from within the castle. 

Can Mare survive in this hellish silver world, will the Red Guard overthrow the callous, powerful silvers? Who can she trust?

Well all I know is that I didn't see what was coming and when it came I was totally going D'oh but the story doesn't end in this book, which is good as I have a couple of queries. 

  • I need a bit of back story, how did this world end up the way it is?
  • When is this set? They have tech so is it far in the future? 
  • How did the silvers end up with powers that they abuse? 
This is a good book and I loved the story but it has a few common themes in it that books of this genre carry such as...

  • Love triangle, quadrangle, quintet..... 
  • Power struggle 
  • Male best friend 
  • Kick ass female lead 
  • Crazed mother/queen 
But to be honest some of these things I love in a book. 

This is a story that if you read the likes of Red Rising, Throne of Glass, Queen of the Tearling etc you will love and lap up. It is well written and the characters still have plenty of room to grow plus they are characters you can genuinely get behind, you can love or hate them (believe me a couple you will hate!). 

I know there are few novellas coming out/already out for this series so they may fill in my blanks such as how the world came to be, I would like to know just to give me a little more insight on how they are the way they are.

Thank you to Orion for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. Glad you enjoyed this! I really liked it and am looking forward to the second one. Great review!

  2. I've been debating this one as I keep hearing good things about it. I'm going to have to give in soon and just read it!
    -Debbie @ CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

  3. Everyone seems to be loving this book and I just want to have my own copy to love it too <3 The fact that it seems like a good world building and story as well has me so intrigued. Brilliant review!

    1. I am toying with the idea of getting the paperback, If I love a book I like to get it in the flesh and I loved this!


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