Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Published on: 10 February 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia

Pages: 383

Format: Paperback

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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.

Hello to all my readers again. I’ve been wanting to post a book review on Monday but school stuff happens and I’ve been piled up mountain high with numerous work load. Not to mention I managed to fall sick over the weekends and has been on a ‘bed arrest’ for most of Friday and Saturday. As such, here is a book review from me and hopefully, I will be able to update more frequently from here on out. 🙂

‘Red Queen’ has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a really long time now. I’ve been saying that I would read the novel soon but I never did, up until recently. Before picking up this novel, I’ve heard numerous good things about ‘Red Queen’. My friend has been raving out it, the community has also been raving about this book in the past too (I’m sure some are still raving about it). As such, I was pretty hyped when I finally decided to pick this novel off my shelf and get into the fantasy world of the Reds and Silvers.

‘Red Queen’ didn’t fail my expectations though I would love it more if the story managed to blow my mind away. The story is easy to get into and I found myself hooked to the novel right from the beginning. The world is beautiful and yet, saddening at the same time. Each character is special in their own way and the storytelling is very smooth.

As much as I love the world Mare lives in, I would never want to be a part of it. Not as a Red or as a Silver. The inequality gap between the two groups of people are far too huge and both groups have extreme opinions about one another. Somehow, this also reminds me of some societies in our world where some groups of individuals are far more privileged than the others. I find that the Silvers are far too prideful and ignorant for their own good. They see Reds as some inferior beings and yet, when a revolution rise up, the Silvers all cower in fear. Meanwhile, the Reds hate the Silvers to the core. I wouldn’t really blame them for hating the Silvers as I would have probably done the same if I were to be in their shoes.

Out of all the characters in the novel, 3 characters stood out to me the most and they are none other than Cal, Maven and Mare. Mare is a really strong female protagonist. She protects those who hold dear in her heart and would stop at nothing to ensure their safety. Even if it means sacrificing herself in order to do just that. I admire her courage for doing what is right rather than going with the flow. Despite being thrown into a world which she despise, Mare still suck it up and bulldoze her way through.

Maven has always been the perfect prince in the ‘Red Queen’. He is the shadow in his brother’s footsteps but he is probably the most kind, caring and understanding prince who wants to change the world into something better. However, I’ve always doubted his ‘perfectness’. Perhaps it is a gut instinct hasor it might be the subtle clues in the novel which causes me to question his true intentions. 

Cal, on the other hand, might be difficult to read but he doesn’t really hide his feelings well. I wouldn’t say that Cal wears his heart on his sleeves since he does hide his feelings well on multiple occasions. It is more of the subtle movements and looks which he gives which reveals his emotions. In a way, his subconsciousness betrayed his true feelings. I would say that Cal is more straightforward in his feelings as oppose to Maven.

All in all, I’m looking forward to the 2nd novel, ‘Glass Sword’. I would probably marathon this series up until the latest novel (I’m not quite sure whether the series has ended since I’m not well caught up with the newest released) during this winter break so you all can look forward to my reviews on every single novel in this series for the next few weeks. 🙂

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