Red Queen

Red Queen

Book - 2016 | First paperback edition
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In a world divided by blood -- those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities -- seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard -- a growing Red rebellion -- even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2016
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062310644
Branch Call Number: Y AVE
Characteristics: 388, 13 pages ; 21 cm

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michemason13
Jun 01, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. The author really creates a fully fleshed out new world and sucks you in. This is my second time reading this book and it was just as good as the first time!

daniellevk_0 Apr 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this first book of the series. It has everything that I like about this type of genre of fantasy with some dystopia mixed into it. Mare is a teenage girl who was born a person with red blood so she is forced to play her role in society as a worker and impoverished lifestyle while people born with silver blood live the lives of the rich and glamorous who were born with a special power. She gets swept up in the silver world when she is caught to have her own powers and she rebels within inside the castle. This book will keep your attention from start to finish rooting for Mare and her plot to help justice and over-through the government. It has action, deception, an evil queen all the while Mare is torn between two love interests.

I LOVED this whole series! This first book introduces the characters and sets up the plot. While is has all the typical requirements of a dystopian science fiction novel it still kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters have depth and layers. Not everything is black and white in this series. I would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopian YA novels but is tired of 'the usual'.

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pink_panda_2097
Apr 18, 2020

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (book 1) is the perfect blend of fantasy and dystopian. The novel follows the story of Mare Barrow, a young woman in a world divided by blood. There are commoners who are red blooded, and rulers who are silver blooded and have superpowers. Seventeen-year-old Mare is a red blood from the poverty stricken stilts. Suddenly, Mare finds herself working in the Silver palace as a servant. Despite her red blood, Mare soon discovers that she possesses a deadly power of her own. When the silver rulers find out, they hide her in plain-view, claiming that she is a long-lost Silver Princess in order to maintain power. As a Silver Princess, Mare becomes engaged and begins her training to control her powers. But Mare soon learns that this is more than a world of blood. It is a world of betrayal, of lies, and of heartache.

I wholeheartedly love this series (especially the first book) so much. I love the constant question of who is good and who is evil as well as how Mare makes it her mission to save people like herself in later books. I also love the plot twists that seem to come out of nowhere. However, book one is definitely the best book in the four-part series. The rest of the books go downhill from there, and books three and four could have easily been combined.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian and has enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent.

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creativegirly123
Mar 25, 2020

Red Queen was definitely the most highly talked about novel within the book community. It has gotten great reviews as well as the honor of being New York Times Bestseller. Unfortunately for me, it did not live up to the hype it has been receiving. I honestly have mixed emotions about this book. I don’t think it was horrible at all, but it wasn’t MINDBLOWING as some readers had claimed it would be. I would still recommend this to a friend because I did find some aspects which deserved appreciation.

Usually most YA novels fall into one category such as Contemporary, Science Fiction, Romance, etc. Victoria did something different with this book and incorporated elements of high fantasy, dystopia, superpowers, politics and romance to create a rich and fabulous world which is so different from any other YA novels I have read. It was done with a perfect balance to be believable and intriguing. So if there is one positive aspect of this book it has to be this setting. Secondly the writing was beautiful. I could honestly read her writing for days without getting bored for one second. The world was explained so well and everything flowed cohesively together. There wasn’t one time where I got lost or confused. If anything, the writing style was what kept me glued to the book. Novel similar to Red Queen is The Broken Earth.

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maroon_cat_560
Mar 10, 2020

Though this wasn’t the “best” book I’ve ever read, it was exceptionally good. For the most part it’s well-written, and the story is complex and exciting. My only problem with it was that it didn’t seem completely original because it’s like the fantasy version of the Hunger Games. I did like the plot twist at the end, and I really liked the exposition. It has some creative story elements and it’s really obsessive. I like the characters, especially Kilorn and Mare, and it’s one of those books that makes you think a lot. Although it seems that people see Mare and Cal as perfect each other, I don’t like Cal very much. The other characters that you’re supposed to like are fine though. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy and/or drama.

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maryam3370
Feb 29, 2020

I LOVED this book so much! All the characters were soo sweet. At the end of the book, one of the two major plot twists was predictable because of the fact that the character was too perfect. But other than that the book was good!

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kmteeuwsen8
Jan 08, 2020

I would recommend this book to others. Though the main premise of the book is quite predictable, Victoria Aveyard does a good job of making lovable characters and exciting plot twists. I really enjoyed this book overall.

lgmosher Oct 08, 2019

Aveyard keeps you interested, keeps you entertained... but its all well, kinda predictable.

Royals and nobels with superpowers... two princes that love one woman.

The emotions, the feels, and the lack of strategic planning.

The idea is golden but as I said it was just a bit predictable. I also don't care for mind control. It is just overpowered and as the reader I get mad quickly because the heroine does all she can with everything that she's learned and then no one can do anything at all because their mind has a hold on it.... whats the point?

But, Aveyard has a solid story. A bit predictable but I'm hoping that the predictions were only for the first book and the rest of the series doesn't have that sort of outcome.

I am attached to Mare and Cal though, and will be moving forward to see where the Scarlet Guard takes them.

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Divya8720
Aug 06, 2019

Best. Book. Ever. LOVED IT!!! Literally couldn't put it down till I finished it. Highly recommend it like just ignore the negative comments about this book and give it a try :)

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

I’m a shadow, and no one remembers shadows.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

I can’t believe I didn’t see him for what he was from the beginning: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And now I’m the sheep pretending to be a wolf.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

That’s all this ever was. Jealousy. Rivalry. All so shadow could defeat the flame.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

Once, I was afraid of these walls, frightened by such beauty. But I see the cracks now.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

There are worse lives to live. Don’t feel sorry for me.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers, and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

There’s nothing wrong with being different.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

To look powerful is to be powerful.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

You should know the difference between secrets and lies.

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aanikad
Sep 24, 2019

What I need and what I want are two very different things

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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

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Jul 19, 2018

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brynn_6
Oct 24, 2019

Violence: there is violence but it is not descriptive so there is nothing that is super discusting

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brynn_6
Oct 24, 2019

Coarse Language: some curse words

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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

Coarse Language: A few swear words.

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Aug 23, 2017

Coarse Language: 4 uses of hell. 3? uses of b*tch 1 of damn

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blue_bat_1151
Dec 24, 2016

Mare Barrow lives in a world where power is controlled by blood. But not her blood. As a red she is not only powerless but also poor and no silver cares, until it happens.
Mare's world is turned upside down when she is revealed to have abilities of her own. Now Mare is controlled by the Silver King and Queen and they take advantage of that power. Will Mare free her people or will the Silvers use her against them? In this game of power called life no one is safe.

LibraryK8 Apr 17, 2015

Mare Barrow's fate is sealed. She is a lowly red, born to work hard and serve the ruling silvers. With her birthday approaching and no job prospects, Mare will be conscripted in to the army like her older brothers. Fighting in an endless war, Mare will surely die on the battlefield. Desperate and out of options, Mare takes a big risk to sneak into the castle for a chance to pick pocket from the rich and powerful silvers that hold her fate in their hands. Stealing from silvers isn't as easy as it sounds as each is gifted with an ability due to their silver blood. Some can read minds, some control fire, some can become invisible. Mare has to be very careful...but everything goes wrong when a resistance group called Red Dawn detonates a bomb in the city square. Suspicion falls on any red in the area, and Mare has to make a quick exit without any loot to show for it.

Mare knows she is doomed to conscription when she meets a friendly servant who offers her a job working for the silvers in the castle. The deal seems to good to be true. With the wages she can take care of her family and be saved from the battlefield. Her elation doesn't last long. Her first job is serving noble families on the night of Queenstrial, when all the silver noble families present their daughters (and their dangerous abilities) to the royal family to choose from for the son's betrothed. Things go horribly wrong when Mare accidentally falls into the testing arena, directly into an electrified net. The electricity should have killed her, but Mare absorbs the power, feeling the sparks tickle across her skin.

Mare's survival is quickly covered up by the royal family. No red should have the power to control electricity! With the Red Dawn attacking silver power, rebellions in several cities, the last thing the silvers need is a red with special abilities proving that being a silver isn't that special after all. The King and Queen concoct a story that Mare is the lost daughter of a fallen silver general. Mare (now Mareena) is revealed to the public as a silver raised by reds and immediately betrothed to the youngest prince. Mare's has to keep the secret of her red heritage for her families safety. But Red Dawn also sees potential in Mare's position as a red posing as a silver and they try to recruit her. Will Mare risk everything for equality and freedom? What about the prince she might love?

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