Book Review: Red Queen



Title:  Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383 pages

Publication: HarperTeen

Plot: 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

Favourite Quote: “Words can lie. See beyond them.”

This book was on my to-be-read list since the time the book won the Goodreads Choice Award 2015 for the Debut Goodread Aurhor. I finally got around and finished the book in three days. With so much of violence, betrayal, plots twists and death of loved one, it was truly an intense read.

The world is divided in red and silver blood. The Silver’s are the royals with super powers and the Red’s are the commoners who serve the royals. Our protagonist Mare is a Red girl trying to make a living by stealing in the market. She lives with her family in a Red village with her parents and sister, while her brothers are sent off to fight the war for Silver’s. With turn of events Mare finds herself a place in the Silver palace and the story picks up.

With the world divided in royals with superpowers and mistreated commoners, and the protagonist being a downtrodden, the book holds resemblance to many books and movies. I have to admit that the plot is not totally unique but what keeps the reader going is the writing style. The way the book unfolds is quite captivating.

The revelation towards the end was a major twist and I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘Glass Sword’. The movie rights of the book have been bought by Universal Pictures and I would love to watch the motion film.

Ratings: 4/5


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