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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - review

In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again."  

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Available: 12 February 2015
Buy it: Here Here


Mare Barrow, a Red from the poverty stricken Stilts, finds herself in the world of Silvers; once-mythical gods that now live on earth in silk and splendor while Reds struggle to serve them and fight their wars. But the balance of power is shifting, and Mare is just what the rebellion has been waiting for.


I’m torn about Red Queen.

On the one hand, it was an exciting and well paced dystopian YA, with interesting characters and an intriguing world. On the other, I just really didn’t feel it. It’s like I had read Red Queen already, in about 4 or 5 other books, each having characters in them I cared more about than the central characters here; Mare, Cal and Maven.

I know that sounds quite harsh, and nothing is going to be completely original anymore, but I really think Red Queen flags up a bit of a saturation point in a certain kind of dystopian YA. Everything felt so familiar. Even the twists felt like they were meant to be there.

That said, I truly loved the world created for Red Queen. I loved the mythical creatures of the ruling class and their powers, and the castles of glass and walls of diamond. It was all very lush and extravagant – the perfect foil to The Stilts which, although given only a brief introduction, felt every bit as horrible as it should.

I also enjoyed the characters of the revolution. I wish they could have played a bigger part as they felt fresher – I wanted more Farley, more Tristan and Kilorn. Their unpredictable actions gave the only sense of the unknown in the book.


I can’t say I didn’t like Red Queen, because I did. It was an easy and enjoyable read that I finished quickly and felt satisfied at the end of. I just wish there was a bit more of a spark for me.  I recommend it to fans of the genre looking for an underdog to root for in a great fictional world.




  1. This book seems to be everywhere at the moment, it sounds like one you really have to read for yourself.

  2. Its definitely a highly marketed release! I think its a "suck it and see" book. A lot will depend on what books you've recently read!