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 HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062310637
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm


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May 06, 2018

Interesting take on dystopian society, but the protagonist is weak...for now. We will have to see how her character develops over the course of the remaining parts of the series.

Feb 11, 2018

it was an awsome book!!!
totally didnt see the betrayal coming.

Nov 05, 2017

This is a really good book, it is very unique and well written. Very good plot twist. My only problem is the fact that I'm not too much of a dystopian world lover. I think if you are you will enjoy the sequels just as much but I just didn't feel interested enough to read the sequels. This book still is very good and I love the concept I read it in a day and if the series went in a different direction then I would of continued

Oct 23, 2017

The novel really shows how not everyone is how they truly are on the outside.

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Oct 12, 2017

Good book!

AL_ELIA Oct 05, 2017

I liked it. I'll admit that I was a little resistant at first because it echoed similar plots of popular dystopian novels already. It quickly became is it's one world and the characters have their own story to tell. I believe it's under contract with Universal for movie rights and is set to be directed by Elizabeth Banks. Knowing that the author is first and foremost a screenwriter, I think this will be stunning to watch come to life.

LoganLib_Aavishka Sep 22, 2017

It was good. Had a good twist at the end. It was quite well written and moving.

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.

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.

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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Mar 11, 2018

“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”

Mar 11, 2018

“It's our nature. We destroy. It's the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.”

Mar 11, 2018

“A lie will raise me up, and one day another lie will bring me down.”

Mar 11, 2018

“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again.”

Dec 24, 2016

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

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

Jul 18, 2016

Anyone can betray anyone

Jun 29, 2016

“To look powerful is to be powerful.”

Jun 29, 2016

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

Jun 29, 2016

“Red in the head, Silver in the heart”

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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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Aug 23, 2017

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