You may have heard of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, as the book has gotten a LOT of attention on Instagram. In fact, I only picked it up in the first place because I had seen so many people posting photos and reviews of it, and I figured I better find out what all the craze was about.
I’m glad I did! Red Queen is part Hunger Games, part Divergent, and 100 percent awesome. The book is truly better than both the Divergent and the Hunger Games series, but it has that same YA dystopian feel and a strong female lead, so I’ll lump them all together.
As Red Queen begins, Mare is simply trying to find a way to help support her family and survive in her neighborhood, which is filled with Reds, also known as normal people who have red blood. In Mare’s world, the ruling class is a group of people who have silver blood and special powers who are called, not surprisingly, Silvers.
But when Mare meets someone who lives in the palace, the entire world changes forever. Mare is brought in as a servant but soon accidentally discovers that she has special powers too, which doesn’t make any sense since she has red blood. The king and queen don’t want anyone to discover Mare’s secret, so they come up with a plan to protect their dynasty — and you’ll never believe their solution!
In many ways, Red Queen is your typical YA dystopian book (only better!), but let’s be honest: There’s a reason why we love these easy-read stories, and this one from Aveyard doesn’t disappoint.
So far I’ve only read the first book in the series, but a second, Glass Sword, has already been released. I’m on that next, don’t worry!
Have you read Red Queen yet? What did you think?