Red Queen

Red Queen

Book - 2015
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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, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062310637
0062310631
Branch Call Number: YF Avey
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 28, 2016

Red Queen reads as a cross between Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Selection series, but the book is endearing in its own way. Mare just wants to protect her family and friends, but then she discovers her own supernatural ability. The book is a quick-read with a strange mix of courtly drama and ... Read More »


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PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

At the end of Red Queen, in Aveyard's acknowledgements she notes that she went to school for screenwriting and it's clear that her schooling has paid off. Red Queen has all the notes of the successful YA series of recent years. Heroine Mare Barrow has the characteristics we expect: comes from a rough background but knows how to survive and help her family survive (Hunger Games, anyone?) who is suddenly thrust into "how the better half lives." Here, the silver bloods, literally have blood that gives them each a special power. They believe that those with red blood are simply there to serve in the 100 year war that continues. Here's where Aveyard brings in some originality. Barrow discovers that she isn't just a good actress with quick feet, she has powers of her own despite her red blood. Left as a cliffhanger, even if we feel we're being fed parts of familiar stories from the last 20 years, it doesn't stop me from running to grab the next novel.

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LoreLegend
Sep 03, 2017

If anyone had asked who my favourite character from the book was while I was mid way reading it I would have had no hesitance in replying with Maven. But the end just shocked me. The betrayal. The heartbreak. I didn't know what to think anymore. I think Maven will always be one of my favourite characters but he isn't the type of person who would appeal to me anymore. And like Mare, I'm wondering how much about Thomas was actually true.

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hellolinelle
Sep 02, 2017

I read Red Queen a few months ago. I was very interested in the concept of the book. Super-powers? Count me in! However, I couldn't finish the novel because the protagonist got on my nerves too much.

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Aug 23, 2017

Hard to rate because it had some great elements and some not-so-great ones. If you're gonna try reading it, I highly suggest you read to page 90 at least, it gets pretty awesome after that *fangirl smile*. At the beginning if felt like a complete Hunger Games rip-off, and the palace things reminded me of The Selection, but it was still a very original story. I didn't realize how I loved superhero training scenes and it was just so fun to read. Also, it was a surprisingly well thought out world. Interesting and somewhat complex politics. Our MC was a little flat though. I was actually spoiled for the ending so if you're interested in reading the book be careful to avoid those. Fun, quick, and I'll definitely read the sequel. I'd recommend it if you want to get really absorbed into a fantasy world.

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anisamusic
Aug 13, 2017

The book, Red Queen, was incredible. I was hooked right from the first page becuase of the gripping storyline and the flow of the book. Mare lives in a world where your blood decides your future. The silver blooded people are considered godly and rule the caste system. They all have different power depending on their families house. Some can control fire, others minds and some can silence powers. The monarchs are defined by hereditary rule. Mare was raised in a small, overlooked town of the red. Red blooded people are given limited food, small living spaces, weak health care and are sent to war if not working as a servant. When she gets the opportunity to work in the silver palace she is brought into a world of deception and lies after the royals realize her imposed threat to their rule. She is a red with silver powers. This book had a plot twist around every corner which threw me off every time. This book was written very well and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves an intense and different novel.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 24, 2017

This book wouldn't be the first book I would think of if someone said BEST dystopian novel, but it's still really good. Reminds me of the Selection series, but without the Selection! It was very captivating and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the next book.

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Nymeria23
Jul 18, 2017

A solid 4 stars. It kept my attention, gave me ideas and situations to wonder at and ponder, and proved emotional and physical plot twists. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It might not be the best thing I've ever read but it was still pretty darn good and definitely worth reading. I'm excited to see where the next installment leads me and my emotions.
Really good book, solid characters with hints of realistic cowardice, indecision and ignorance which can sometimes be hard to find in these sorts of books.

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mccormick1972
Jun 26, 2017

How is THIS on the MIDDLE SCHOOL battle of the books list? it sounds good, but HOW?

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BjSarmy
Jun 22, 2017

Mare is one of my favourite fictional characters along with Katniss, Tris, Prim, Eragon, Clary and Jace. the book in general is amazing. i loved it! Red Queen will probably make it in my top twenty. which is pretty good for my standards. if you love the red queen than you have to read the Hunger games, divergent, eragon (skip the prologue!) and a court of thorns and roses

MelifluousView Mar 21, 2017

I liked Mare and her realization that no one has it as easy as it seems. I enjoyed seeing her learn to use her powers.

I think I would have been more invested in the story if I hadn't seen a spoiler in these comments. Beware as you read them!

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blue_bat_1151
Dec 24, 2016

"These fools, these terrorist, these murderers,will be brought to justice.And they will die."

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alexandraSchulz
Jul 28, 2016

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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booklover1010
Jul 18, 2016

Anyone can betray anyone

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“To look powerful is to be powerful.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“I'm an accident. I'm a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Red in the head, Silver in the heart”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“You should know the difference between secrets and lies.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Words can lie. See beyond them.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Rise, red as the dawn.”

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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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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Aug 23, 2017

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

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