Red Queen Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My rating: 4.5 stars!! out of 5

 A wild ride in a high stakes game. Who can you trust? Anyone can betray anyone!

This book — UGH! The feels! It was a rollercoaster. And I really enjoyed it. Like, really.

It took me a little while to get into it. But once I was in, I was IN. Perhaps it was because I was stressed with some work stuff, but until about 70% I didn’t feel like I absolutely needed to keep reading. I wanted to know what happened, but I could wait. And then. And then I hit 70% and I couldn’t wait any longer and putting it down after my lunch break was brutally difficult.

Mare Barrow reminded me a lot of Katniss Everdeen. She is strong and independent and a bit of a rebel who doesn’t feel like she fits but loves her family and sees how valuable her sister is. And she will do whatever she can to help those she loves, even if it means putting them or herself in danger to achieve a better outcome. She struggles. She makes mistakes. But her heart is there and she does what she can to learn from those mistakes.

If I continue comparing Red Queen to The Hunger Games, I must admit I very much preferred this story arc. Yes, there is definitely some killing and some super creepy torture, but it is woven into a really intriguing system of entrenched political and social discrimination and oppression. This oppression is not based on skin colour or location, but on the colour of one’s blood and the abilities that it gives you. Having a little bit of the supernatural/mutant power thing in here really made this story fun and exciting and different from anything I’ve read before. But mixing that with the intriguing combination of technology and more archaic elements (palaces, all-powerful royalty, gowns, coliseums) made for a really interesting and believable world.

I enjoyed the back and forth emotional turmoil about Cal. Do we like him? Yes…no…yes. Do we hate him? Do we fear him? Do we like him? Whew! Between the intensity of secret identities, possible immediate painful death, fearing for the welfare of her family, and the normal emotional turbulence of being seventeen, this book was a lot of fun.

I will definitely be putting this book on my reread list. I’m also eagerly waiting for the sequel. I’m 90th in line for one of 17 copies at my library. Being fiscally responsible is difficult, but using the library makes it a little bit easier even if I have to wait a little longer to read something.


Book: Red Queen
Version: Kobo Ebook
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Teen Science Fiction & Fantasy



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  1. This is one of my favorite series I’ve read this year. I wasn’t as surprised by the ending as others were, but I enjoyed it anyway. I love the blending of new and old elements in the world as well. It would make for an interesting movie :). The second book was even better, so I hope you enjoy it!

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