Red Queen

Red Queen

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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood -- those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she 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. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she 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. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062310637
0062310631
Branch Call Number: YAF AVEYARD, VICTORIA
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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samvar
Sep 28, 2020

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is about a world split into two people: Silvers and Reds. Named for the color of their blood, silvers have magical powers and are seen as the elite. Reds are the common people and are subject to cruel ruling by the silvers. Mare Barrow, the protagonist, is a teenage pickpocket that is destined to get drafted and likely die in a war she does not care about as a human shield for silvers. Mare has accepted that she will have to fight, but her best friend Kilorn suddenly comes and tells her that his employer has died and he must fight now too. Mare fails to get the required gold for them both to flee, but by sheer luck meets a silver named Cal who gets her a job in the royal palace as a servant. Mare is shocked when she arrives and sees that Cal is the prince, and she has come during a competition for silver girls to become his bride. Afterwards, Mare gets attacked, and she accidently uses her unknown powers over electricity. The royal family decides not to kill her, and instead forces her to marry the younger prince, Maven, so that they can keep a close eye on her. The new story is that Mare is a silver, the long-lost child of a powerful couple. Mare must struggle to adjust to her new life and protect the deadly secret about her blood.
This book is written extremely well. One major storyline is Mare's relationship with her favorite teacher, Julian. Julian is one of the few that knows the truth about Mare, and he works with her to develop her powers and learn more. Meeting with Julian is one of the few bright spots in her day. One of the most interesting parts of the story is Mare’s feelings for both Cal and Maven. Mare originally feels attracted to Cal, but she starts to empathize with Mavens feelings of always being the second brother as she was always second to Gia. Mare leads both boys on and has no idea what she wants to do. None of this is overdone like what happens in most books with similar stories and will not bore readers. The most important part of the story is the way that Mare fights back. She joins an organization called the Scarlet Guard, and she works with them to try to overthrow the silvers. This part is especially fun to read because it is nice to see how Mare takes revenge on those constantly bullying her. Overall, this book will be very exciting and you will be sure to put the next book on hold.

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MeganDFarris
Aug 29, 2020

Admittedly, I'm about 15 years past qualifying as a "teen" but I've read some really good teen fiction. This one isn't my favorite. The world building is a bit lazy: starving district (they're not called districts, but you'll see a lot of parallels with Hunger Games) with an excessively wealthy capitol, once a month arena demonstration (just...because...?), a 100 year war that isn't clear on why the two sides don't pull together and share the resources they each have that the other needs. I'm only on chapter 8 but I'm losing interest. The regular girl who is special-er than all the other girls and who the handsome boy notices even though she's "regular" is a story trope as old as time, but this one is done clunkily. I don't get much of a sense of who Mare is within the first few chapters except that she's a thief who hates being a thief and mopes about how she's not good at anything.

A minor thing that irritated me about this world. Mare mentions the healers aren't wasted on the commoners fighting the war. Why not??? If they've been fighting this war for 100 years, why not use magic (it's not like they're wasting resources) to cure them so they can have an endless supply of soldiers?

Things I like about this book: female author, female characters depicted as warriors and strong, powerful people, writing style.

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ashleyshen
Aug 17, 2020

I'm on the second book, waiting for the third and fourth. AWESOME BOOKS!!

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

It was a really awesome read that had lots of suspense and action! I have read the series 6 times now! 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

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coffee_addicted
Jul 18, 2020

I loved this book, beautifully written ❤️

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chelseawen
Jul 14, 2020

This wasn't my favorite just because I got bored in the middle. It is well written and has a good plot, it's just that I got bored.

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Anika_Singh
Jul 13, 2020

Mare Barrow lives in a world where people are divided by blood. Silvers have special abilities whereas Reds do not. Therefore, Reds are considered inferior to Silvers. Mare soon discovers that she has a special ability too, except her blood is red.

This book was fascinating and had a thrilling plot with so many twists and turns. It had a unique storyline and a lot of action.

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thekevinkoda
Jun 22, 2020

Red Queen written by Victoria Aveyard, showcases a new world of fantasy divided by blood. Those who have silver blood reign over the ones who bleed red as Silvers have innate abilities such as the power to control water, fire, nature or the ability to read minds or control individuals and more. The story focuses on Mare Barrow, a Red who lives in the Stilts, with a life as a thief to support her family until she finds out about her own special ability. This novel is most suited for readers 13 and above as the plot gets quite complex and there are underlying themes to be uncovered. Red Queen is a novel definitely worth reading as it captures your attention with action, drama and romance. It leaves you wanting more as Aveyard’s writing style is alluring, yet easy to understand. Once you finish Red Queen you will want to read the rest of this 4-part series.

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Alexis_W
Jun 06, 2020

Written by Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen is a fantastic dystopian fantasy novel with well-developed characters, a plot rich with twists and turns, and a universe that can pull in any reader. The plot follows Mare Barrow, a rebellious 17 year old girl living in a world divided by the color of each person’s blood. The elite and noble citizens in Norta, the kingdom in which Mare lives, have silver blood, giving them god-like powers and a status above the red-blooded commoners, who have no special abilities. When Mare, a lowly Red in the eyes of her world, is discovered to have an ability resembling that of a silverblood citizen, she is forced to abandon her life and become a silver princess, betrothed to one of the kingdom’s princes. Still a Red at heart, however, Mare aids a rebellion whose intent is to liberate the Reds and give them an equal place in society to the Silvers. The descriptive but straightforward language in this book makes it an easy one to pick up and be pulled into at any time of the day, alongside complicated and well-developed characters that are almost always more than they seem. I loved practically everything about this book, though I do wish that there was more dialogue. I would recommend this book to people ages 11 and up, as some younger readers may not fully appreciate and/or understand some parts of the plot and writing. There is also some violence in the book that may not be the best for younger readers.

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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!

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

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

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akd2006
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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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

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

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

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

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

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

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akd2006
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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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

There’s nothing wrong with being different.

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

To look powerful is to be powerful.

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

You should know the difference between secrets and lies.

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akd2006
Sep 24, 2019

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

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samvar
Sep 28, 2020

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Jul 13, 2020

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thekevinkoda
Jun 22, 2020

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Oct 24, 2019

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Dec 08, 2018

Cordelia_Carstairs thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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Dec 07, 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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Cordelia_Carstairs
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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