Red Queen

Description from Goodreads:

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.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has 383 pages and was published by HarperTeen in 2015.

This book has a little bit of everything: romance, suspense, adventure. It details a society ruled by two classes, those with red blood (commoner) and those with silver (magical aristocrats).  Through a twist of fate, Mare – a red, becomes engaged to Prince Maven – a silver, despite an undeniable attraction to his brother Cal.

Aveyard uses familiar elements from the YA genre while creating a novel that is unique and engaging. For avid fans of this particular genre there are some predictable aspects. However, Red Queen delivers such a fresh prospective that it is easy to see why this debut novel has recieved such high praise.

In Red Queen, Aveyard has produced a story full of mystery and intrigue that will leave you questioning what you thought you knew up to the very last page. Speaking of which, the ending will leave you stunned by a dramatic cliffhanger.

Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games.

Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“Rise, red as the dawn.”
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

MDW original review. Source: Library


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