Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars

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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 …’

Wow, what a great book!
I am always a little hesitant to pick up books that have gotten so many great reviews already. The reason, I guess, is that I don’t want to feel like I have to like it, but there was no reason to worry about that with this book!
From the beginning I was drawn into the Mare’s world that is divided into silver and red. Victoria Aveyard’s writing made it easy to imagine that world and the characters in it. Mare, the main character, grew up being a red, but has to adapt to a dangerous life among the silver elite, where everyone has got their own agenda and no one can be trusted. What I absolutely love about her, is her strong protectiveness when it comes to her family and her friend Kilorn, which gets tested again and again in this story.
The book leaves you guessing who can be trusted to the end and every time you think you figured it out, something happens and you left guessing again.
Brilliant read and looking forward to the sequel ‘Glass Sword’ (expected publication: February 9th 2016).

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