Book Talk: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Posted February 15, 2016 in 3 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

Book Talk: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Published by Harper Teen
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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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.

Thoughts When I Finished:

There isn’t really emotion to describe what I felt when I finished this book. I really didn’t care much about the characters or plot to feel anything except a little disappointed. There was too much hype surrounding this book and it made it fall flat.

What I Loved:

I can’t really say there was anything I loved in this book. There were some things I liked, such as some of the characters, but most things felt very average for me.

What I Didn’t Like:

I think the hype ruined this book for me. Everyone is talking about it, it won GoodReads awards so I was expecting something amazing and it just wasn’t. It was a mixture of all the other dystopia books we’ve ever seen and that was disappointing to me. The characters were all average and nothing special and the plot was predictable. It was still an ok book to read, it’s just not as amazing as everyone is claiming it to be. Maybe if you’ve never read a fantasy or dystopia book before it’s great, but when you’ve read tons of books this one just doesn’t compare to so many others.


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Who I’d Recommend To:

I’d recommend this book to book lovers who don’t read much fantasy or dystopia. This one would stand out much more if you’ve never read the exact same thing 3 times before. This would also be a good book to push you into those genres because it’s a fairly easy read. It’s not too heavy on the dystopia or the fantasy.

Quick Review:

While this was a nicely written book, it didn’t live up to the hype in my eyes. Nothing about this book makes me want to read more. I wasn’t in love with characters, the plot didn’t suck me in, and the world was nothing we haven’t seen before. I’m sure tons of other people will love this book but for me it was too similar to the rest of the books in this genre. Maybe book two will surprise me if I ever decide to pick it up.

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11 responses to “Book Talk: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

  1. I just brought this in my last haul but I was a bit apprehensive about getting it, I’ve seen so many mixed reviews, people either love it or hate it. I’m excited to read it for myself though when I get to it and see what side of the scale I fall on.

      • I have read quite a few dystopians/fantasies in ya so that’s making me slightly worried, but apparently the sequel is a lot better, so hopefully if this book isn’t too unbearable I can see how much of an improvement that one is!

  2. We’ve discussed this already, but yeah, I totally agree with you. While reading Red Queen I kept comparing it to Throne of Glass and The Hunger Games. I was really disappointed. Based on the hype, I was expecting something completely epic, and it was nothing special to me at all. At least it looks pretty on my bookshelf? lol

    • It does have a pretty cover haha but I read it close to the same time I read The Young Elites and they’re very similar. So many 3 star books lately πŸ™

  3. Completely agree! The hype was so not deserved on this one. I did find the final action sequence well done and it kind of made me want to give the second book a try, but what I’ve seen so far is that people who didn’t like this book didn’t like the second book any better.

  4. I made this my January book for the #rockmytbr challenge and it was taking me the whole month to read half of the book. I just couldn’t connect to ANY of the characters and I felt too many references to the Hunger Games made it feel unoriginal. Sadly, I doubt I’ll ever finish. Too many other great books to read and so little time. Sorry it didn’t live up to they hype for you but trust me, I get it. πŸ˜‰

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