Red Queen

Red Queen

Book - 2015
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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.
When her latent supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world split between Red commoners and silver superhumans, assumes the role of lost silver princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062310644
9780062310637
0062310631
Call Number: TEEN F AVEY
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm

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Would I recommend this book to a friend? Maybe if they were into the cliche romance type with a slow built.

This first installment in the Red Queen trilogy, shares several plot points and similarities with the Hunger Games series, with more arenas for barbaric televised slaughter and honed survival skills swapped out for preternatural powers.

Magic is only for those with silver blood. But her blood runs red.

Their silver bloods rule, the red bloods serve. What happens to a red blood girl with impossible powers?


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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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Caitlin78
Aug 03, 2019

Painfully predictable

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kbirchenall
Jun 28, 2019

I read this book on reconmendation from my friends and loved it it has such a relatable story a girl who feels scared and unequal to the rest of the world especialy her little sister Gisa who can save her families lives. I feel that the moral is that when you feel insignificant there may just be a surprise at your feet.

I think that to really enjoy this story you need to be 10 years of age

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kargus
Jun 24, 2019

I checked out this ebook but received Queen Song - a short prequel to Red Queen. It was a good story but I was looking for the first in the series.

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itz_lillian
Jun 06, 2019

Like many books, the book started off a little slow, but I find that necessary to explain any background information. Once it started going though, it had me hooked, and I could barely put it down. The characters are well htought out and the character arc/development is done very well. Aveyard also adds twists to the book that I personally didn't expect. This book made me think a lot about what would happen next, and they only get better from here. It's definitely a dystopian novel if that's what you like, and make sure to read the rest of the series if you enjoyed this book.

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KatNova_
May 14, 2019

It took me a while to really get into it, but by the end of the book I was completely hooked and itching to read the next one!

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KBibaeff3
May 08, 2019

Thrilling first installment to a series. Like most books, slightly slow beginning. Worth reading and excited to read number 2.

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gurleena
Apr 05, 2019

Man, what do I say? It was SPECTACULAR! I got this for my birthday, but never knew much about this book. I read it, and was immediately hooked. This series is off to a great start. This book leaves you with plenty of cliffhangers and questions. There’s a sweet romance, a twist of fate, and a great betrayal. I loved it!

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AnonymousLibrarian
Jan 31, 2019

It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't wait to see how the story would unfold. Similar storyline to the Divergent Series and Hunger Games.

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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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Oct 24, 2019

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Aug 03, 2019

Idun791_44 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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gracedavey
Apr 11, 2019

gracedavey thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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gurleena
Apr 05, 2019

gurleena thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

pink_dog_617 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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Dec 07, 2018

sschriver thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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nks2005
Jul 19, 2018

nks2005 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Apr 26, 2018

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foxface
Nov 26, 2017

foxface thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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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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