Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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.

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Red Queen seems to be one of those books you either love or hate. It’s a mixture of The Hunger Games, The Grisha Trilogy, Shatter Me, and Game of Thrones (which I’ve never read, but I’ve watched the first season).

This was surprisingly good! The first half of the book went above and beyond my expectations. The second half met the somewhat low expectations I had prior to starting.

My biggest problem with this book was the lack of world building. I also couldn’t connect to any of the characters. There’s also a love triangle (or square?) that was kind of annoying.

It’s important to note that there’s some graphic violence that may bother younger readers, but at least the romance is clean.

The betrayal at the end caught me off guard. Victoria Aveyard is a good author, I look forward to reading Sword of Glass and her future work.


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