Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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 …

I was expecting so much from this book. It was so popular and won all these awards and yada yada yada. So I was expecting something amazing and interesting and beautiful. I was so disappointed. This book was unoriginal, boring, and I honestly don’t really understand why people love it so much.

Okay, so lets start off with the overall plot and writing. This book was so similar to literally so many YA books in one. Seriously, just take little components from every other popular YA book and add them in one, and you pretty much get Red Queen. The whole thing felt mediocre and basic, maybe even a little childish. I know I’m in the minority here, but I just couldn’t get into it. I tried reading it right after it came out and stopped a few chapters in cause it was boring. Everyone said it would get better after a few more chapters. Ha. It didn’t.

The characters. I seriously didn’t connect or really like any of the characters. I only liked one character, and after the plot twist, I hated that character (I won’t spoil who). They all seemed stereotypical and I just really couldn’t find a way to like them.

I knew a massive plot twist happened in the end. I tried to predict it, but even I didn’t see it coming. It was shocking and nothing like I suspected. But, you know what? It made me hate the ending even more. I didn’t have a character to even remotely like, which led to more for me to hate.

If I hadn’t already won a copy of Glass Sword, I wouldn’t continue the series. Even so, I’m not in any hurry to read Glass Sword. I need a break from the world of Red’s and Silver’s.

As for cleanliness, there were a few instances of language. 3 uses of B- and a couple uses of H- and D- here and there, I believe. I don’t remember any suggestive content.

So, yep. This was my unpopular opinion. Did you like (or dislike) Red Queen? Comment below and tell me!



4 thoughts on “Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  1. emily @ for the bookish says:

    I had an all-around “meh” feeling for Red Queen. I gave it three stars, because while it did feel very mediocre, it was somewhat enjoyable and the plot twist was surprising. (I *should* have seen it coming, but it was still shocking.) I think it has a lot of room for improvement and I don’t try to judge a series by its first book because the first is never my favorite, so I’m trying to keep an open mind for Glass Sword… even if my expectations are a bit low. 🙂


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