Red Queen

Red Queen book cover
Victoria Aveyard
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Feb 19, 2024

Red Queen introduces readers to Mare Barrow, a young girl living in a world divided by blood; Reds, commoners with red blood, and Silvers, elite individuals with silver blood who possess extraordinary abilities. Mare, a Red, finds herself thrust into the midst of Silver royalty after discovering she possesses a unique power of her own. As she navigates the treacherous world of the Silvers, Mare becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of politics, power, and rebellion, where betrayal lurks around every corner and no one is who they seem. 

Somebody: The main character is Mare Barrow, a Red girl with no remarkable status in a society dominated by Silvers. Wanted: Mare desires freedom for herself and her oppressed fellow Reds, longing to overthrow the oppressive Silver regime. But: Mare's lack of status and power, coupled with the deceitful nature of the Silvers, presents formidable obstacles in her quest for justice and equality. So: Mare joins a rebellion and uses her newfound abilities to challenge the established order and ignite change in her world. Then: At the end of the book, Mare's actions spark the beginning of a revolution, but she is left grappling with the consequences of her choices and unsure of whom she can trust. 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard offers a gripping narrative that plunges readers into a world defined by stark divisions of blood and power. Aveyard masterfully crafts a story that seamlessly blends elements of fantasy, politics, and rebellion, keeping readers enthralled from the very first page. What makes the book truly compelling is its exploration of themes such as social inequality, betrayal, and the struggle for justice, which resonate with readers on a profound level. Mare Barrow, the protagonist, is a complex and relatable character whose journey of self-discovery is both captivating and emotionally resonant. While some plot twists may be anticipated, the fast-paced storytelling and intricate world-building more than compensate for any predictability. Red Queen not only entertains but also prompts readers to reflect on issues of privilege, power dynamics, and the human capacity for change. With its compelling narrative and thought-provoking themes, Red Queen is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and fantasy alike, offering an exhilarating adventure that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned. Rating: 4 - Better than most

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