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Updated: Apr 7, 2019

By Mia and Halle Jones

Victoria Aveyard is an American writer of young adult and fantasy fiction and screenplays. She is known for her fantasy novel Red Queen. The Red Queen is a young adult fantasy novel. It is an exciting, riveting read. The Red Queen is set in the time of where the world is divided by red and silver bloods.

The red bloods are the commoners and they are ruled by elite Silver bloods who have god-like superpowers. Living in the in the kingdom of Norta the 17-year-old red, Mare Barrow has grown up in the poverty-stricken stilts. One day Mare finds herself as a maid 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.

The Silver, fearful of Mare's potential, hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince Maven. 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. This world is full of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous life- Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

The key idea explored in the novel is discrimination. Discrimination is a major human right issue. In this book the Sliver bloods refer to themselves as "gods" and the Reds as "slaves". This shows how they think they are better than them because they have powers and the reds are normal. I loved this book. It was so intriguing and full of cliff hangings. I would definitely recommend this book for children 13 and above because there are several violent gladiator-type fights, confrontations, torture scenes, and revolutionary/terrorist strikes that kill characters.

With its courageous protagonist, action-packed plot, and romantic possibilities, Red Queen is a winning series start for fantasy and dystopia lovers. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and it is definitely a read again.


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