Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Book Cover Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
Book Review Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian YA

Series: First in a new series

Publisher: Harper Teen / Orion

Publication Date: February 10 2015

Hardcover: 320 pages

Rating: 1/5 DNF

Synopsis:  The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

My Review:
* This post may or may not contain a rant somewhere. *

In this dystopian world, there is a difference the Reds, the poverty-stricken commoners with red blood and the Silvers, the ruling class with god-like power and silver blood.

Mare Barrow a 17-year-old is soon going to be conscripted into war because she had no special talent or skill that would land her a job in the society.

But one night, on her lowest point, she meets a stranger who helps her get a  job inside the Silver Palace.  On the night of the Royal Ball, where every princess of every house showed her power in the hopes that her power will be the most desired, Mare finds out about her power, in front of all the Silvers of the entire kingdom. This is where Mare’s life completely changes. She is given a new identity, that of a long-lost Silver girl who has now been accepted back into society. All this in an attempt to make sure she doesn’t cause any trouble for the kingdom and also to find out how she, a Red, even has that kind of power.

In the mean time the Reds are rising to a new revolution. And Mare not only has to adapted to a new life but also has to find a way to help her people.

Honestly, I was very excited to read this book. The cover, the synopsis and the fact that I love a good dystopian novel all called out to me. Unfortunately I would not call this book good. There is a reason this book got thrown into the Did Not Finish pile.

The unrelenting clichés, the predictable story line and the flat characters made me put this book aside.

The book was way too predictable for me to read. Even before I got to the twist I was anticipating it. Initially I let that go but when this pattern continued even more it made matters even worse. This book is the definition of cliché.

Logically speaking, how were they going to convince every Silver that she has Silver blood? Did a 17-year-old living in the gutters never bleed? Ever? Never cut herself? Or fell down? Never? How on earth is that possible? Even at the age of 21 I fall and injure myself.

Every character is just a predictable stereotype. The Evil Queen, the King, the best friend who actually is in love with her, a love triangle. How many more cliches could be in here? That’s where I ended this book. By this point I wasn’t even reading the book because I was enjoying it, I was just reading because I had to give a review. But I did not succeed in reaching the end.

After giving such an amazing review to Fairest by Marissa Meyer,reading a book like Red Queen is the worst of luck!

I know a lot of people loved it and a lot didn’t. Which category do you fall in? What do you think of the book?



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