Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Young Adult Literature Book Review

Do you use Red Queen in your secondary classroom? Students will read this series by Victoria Aveyard. Here are teaching ideas for high school ELA classes. #HighSchoolELA #RedQueen

Students will read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Here is why I have several copies in my classroom library.

Plot (spoilers!)

Mare Barrow lives in a divided country: Reds and Silvers. Poor workers have “red blood,” and royal rich people have “silver blood.” To further torture the Reds, the Silvers possess supernatural abilities. These elite Silvers can control people’s thoughts, manage fire, and disappear.

Our heroine, a sassy Red, secures a position at the castle as a worker. She fumbles and in front of cameras and Silvers, showcases an unknown ability. How can this be? Only Reds have abilities!

To cover, the royal family creates an elaborate story that Mare is a long-lost princess. She becomes engaged to a prince, even though she might have a crush on his brother, and even though she might sorta (almost, kinda) like a guy from her hometown. As Mare contributes to a rebellion, kisses boys, and learns royal protocol, she must decide her future while dodging traitors.

Classroom Library

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is part of a series. I have the first two books in my classroom library. I’m hoping to pick up the rest of the series because students enjoy this story. Certain students will gravitate toward this series.

Students who enjoy mysteries, complex plots, and “light” sci-fi will read Red Queen. Red Queen involves a commoner turned princess, multiple love stories, a fanatically cruel queen, and an intense love story.

High school students who enjoyed The Hunger Games series will enjoy Red Queen. Both books share similar setup and characterization. Mare parallels Katniss in their gruff demeanors and attitudes toward family and love. Recommend Red Queen to students who read The Hunger Games in middle school.

Finally, this story might draw more female readers than males, but my male students read this series, too. King Tiberias has two sons with two queens (the first queen mysteriously had an accident), and the brothers struggle with their feelings with the family complexities. Other males go to war and struggle with friendships.

Do you use Red Queen in your secondary classroom? Students will read this series by Victoria Aveyard. Here are teaching ideas for high school ELA classes. #HighSchoolELA #RedQueen

Students will read Red Queen and analyze the characters. They will have fun debating about Mare’s boyfriends and wondering about new abilities. Aveyard created numerous characters to despise, a dystopian world with a fantasy-twist, and memorable lines. Students will live in this world.

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