Parents' Guide to

Red Queen: Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Action-packed fantasy will grip fans of powerful heroines.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 16+

A review of the series

I personally have read the entire Red Queen series. While this first book starts off innocently enough for the older young adult reader, the rest of the series adds to what is begun, not only in the story line but also in the subject matter. In the subsequent books the reader will be exposed to physical, emotional, and psychological torture of the main character. A ‘love triangle’ between three sub characters that involves a same sex couple, one of whom is married to their partners sibling. And at least two ‘soft’ love scenes. I share this on the first book because as any good writer of a series should do, the author leaves you hanging at the end of each book eager for the next installment. If you are not ready for the subsequent subject matter or feel that you child is not, please do not start this series.

This title has:

Too much violence
8 people found this helpful.
age 14+

Action Fantasy

A little high on violence and torture for my taste. But overall a fun story with engaging characters. Lots of surprises!

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (146):

Aveyard packs a lot into a first novel: world building, court intrigue, caste divisions, superpowers, and a main character with multiple possible love interests. Like Tris or Alina, Mare is unique: She has amazing powers in a world where Silvers boast powers but Reds do not; like Katniss in The Hunger Games, she bears the burden of playing a part for society's rulers but secretly feeling a kinship with subversive revolutionaries. She's beautiful but doesn't see it; she's desired but can't maturely navigate her feelings for the Princes: Maven, the sensitive second son she's been tied to, or Cal, the fiery firstborn who's engaged to a nasty, but politically advantageous, match. And like most 17-year-olds, she can occasionally grate on readers' nerves with her indecision and insecurity.

While Aveyard's world-building starts off slow, it grows more complicated as the book continues. Even by the end of the book, readers may not master all the Silver powers, but by then the story is so page-turning those details don't matter so much as figuring out who's lying and who's going to survive to see Book 2. Aveyard's pacing starts off reflective, as young Mare discovers everything about the Silver court for the first time. By the last third of the book, the story is so compelling you can't stop reading. Don't bother trying to figure out the end game; Aveyard is a crafty writer who sneaks in twists and makes readers care, despite a few niggling plot holes and the occasionally exasperating shifts in Mare's romantic feelings.

Book Details

  • Author: Victoria Aveyard
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: February 10, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 25, 2018

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