Red Queen

Red Queen

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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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TamLinh
Apr 09, 2021

Mare Barrow lives in a divided world of two bloods; Red and Silver. Those who are of Red blood work for the Silver bloods with inhumane powers. Looking for money, a fateful encounter happens, ending up with her getting a job in the palace. Filled with Silvers, Mare is shoved into a new environment. There, she discovers an impossible ability within herself, requiring the royal family to take her in and cover her tracks. Along the way, she finds herself wanting to help her fellow Red bloods by participating in the rebellion. Split between love and revenge, Mare Barrow must make a choice.
Victoria Aveyard creates such a unique world that is so different. The way she describes everything, you can just imagine it in your head; what’s happening and what might happen. The characters all have different personalities from mysterious to manipulative. I love this book and series so much because it takes me into the world Victoria Aveyard creates, just by reading it.

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dugong_1
Apr 06, 2021

Red Queen takes place in a world where society is split between Reds and Silvers. Reds are considered to be the low peasant class while Silvers are nobility and many silvers have different powers. Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old girl, finds out that even though she is red, she has powers. She starts living at the palace and meets Prince Maven and Prince Cal. The story follows her struggles between living a life as a Silver and her loyalty to her family and friends who are all reds. I have been wanting to read this story for some time and once I started I couldn't put it down. All the twists and turns along the way make the novel more interesting and after reading it you will definitely want to read the rest of the series.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

This is the story of a world divided amongst itself. They have the Silvers. The Silvers are viewed as high and mighty with bright silver blood. They have unimaginable strength and amazing powers. The Reds are seen as lowly, weak, and insolvent. The Reds work under the Silvers or are conscripted and sent to war.

With her birthday and conscription approaching a young Red, Mare Barrow, becomes increasingly nervous and anxious. She tries to figure out a way to sneak her and her best friend away from the horrible life that awaits them. When Mare is suddenly offered a job at the Silver Palace, she jumps at the idea of avoiding her conscription. However, during an extravagant Silver only event young Mare falls to her death in an electric forcefield. However, for some reason she lives, managing to manipulate the electricity. Mare then discovers who and what she truly is.

I like this book because the plot is very unique. It is quite unpredictable and filled with many twists and turns. It is a story that is unlike any that has been written before. I found that the main points and plot twists were very well written and exciting. However, I felt that in between these main points the minor details were very dragged out.

I think that this book is at the appropriate reading level for a grade 7 student or older (approximately 12 to 13 years old plus). The book uses mild language. It also does include some violent parts but for the most part it is suitable for young teenagers.

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Mar 17, 2021

In a world where there is a divide between the Reds, commoners with red blood, and the Silvers, well-off individuals with powers; Red Queen follows Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old girl with red common blood who has arranged a job in the Silver Palace. In preparation for the Silver succession, the most important night, Mare discovers that despite being a Red, she also has powers, and reveals it in front of the nobility. Mare can no longer live as she did before because now she has to act as a Silver. In Red Queen, Mare meets many new characters who she becomes tied to like Prince Cal and Maven. The dynamics of these characters end up resulting in unexpected plot twists which really keeps you on your toes. A quote that is repeated is “anyone can betray anyone” and I liked how it was implemented throughout the book. I would recommend that new Red Queen readers keep this quote in mind as they are first starting this book.

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em_gv
Mar 12, 2021

Red Queen has been on my to-read list for a while, and I finally got around to it this past Christmas. I was thoroughly pleased with how it turned out. I'd accidentally spoiled the twist for myself on pinterest, but damn it would've taken me for a loop had I found out in real time.
Definitely would recommend, and I'm planning to read it again soon!

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tiffanymhoang
Mar 04, 2021

Red Queen is a futuristic fantasy novel with similar dystopian elements to Divergent or The Hunger Games series. The main character Mare Barrow is a Red, an ordinary commoner, who is thrown into the world of Silvers, those with unique powers that put them at the top of the hierarchy. This clear distinction between the poor and the powerful spark a revolution, one that Mare lands herself right in the middle of. Full of suspense, thrilling romance, betrayal, and of course, fantasy, this book kept me hooked despite its predictable plot lines. The strong, warrior-like female lead was interesting to read from the perspective of. While reading, you never know who to truly trust, as anyone can betray each other in a given moment. This was a super interesting read, I was excited to delve more into the world of Reds vs. Silvers in the next book of the series.

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violet_panda_3766
Feb 17, 2021

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard, is a fantasy novel filled with suspense and excitement. It takes place in a world where social rank is based on the color of a person’s blood- the poor have red blood and the royals have silver blood and possess special powers. The plot follows 17 year old Mare Barrow, a Red commoner who one day finds out she possesses special powers like a Silver. She is forced to go undercover as a Silver princess, concealing her true identity, and learn to control her newfound powers. But Mare is determined to overthrow the Silvers, and restore peace among all groups of people once and for all. Mare is living in a world of secrets and betrayal, and she knows that every move she makes is a matter of life and death. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes fantasy and suspense, with some adventure, action, and humor.

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

I thought this book was slow in the beginning but once you get around 100 pages in, it becomes a page-turner. I love the story and the main woman. With equality, a tough subject in our world right now reading a book with a positive female character as the lead.

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violet_rabbit_2282
Feb 12, 2021

{POSSIBLE SPOILERS WARNING}
Overall, I would say this book is pretty interesting. I am personally into love triangle stories, and this book had that perfect plot. Some really unexpected plot twists made the story more exciting. However, it could definitely improve in countless ways. The character developments in the story were absolutely awful. Mare, the protagonist was horribly portraited without any intricate details. I had no problem with her in the first few chapters, but as the story goes on, it is revealed to me that she is nothing but self-centered, prejudiced, and hypocritical. Many characters had no purpose in the story except to continue the plot without it being felt dull. The sensory details were lacking horribly too. If you the type of reader that cares more about the plot than the characters, then this book is for you. If you are the opposite, like me, I suggest you not waste time on this series. The character developments were painful to read.

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shrtck
Dec 13, 2020

This is one of those series I wish I hadn't wasted my time on and this is one of my favorite genres so I like most of what I read from this genre. I loved book one but it all went downhill from there. There were times when the story was exciting but mostly it was slow and repetative. I ended up hating the main characters and The King's Cage was downright painful to read. I kept reading because I wanted to see how the series ended which was a real downer. I wish I had read the end of the series first and it would have saved me from wasting hours of my life.

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“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.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“Words can lie. See beyond them.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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Somanybooks11
Feb 15, 2021

“Anyone can betray anyone.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

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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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violet_panda_3766
Feb 17, 2021

violet_panda_3766 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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Aug 13, 2019

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Aug 03, 2019

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Apr 11, 2019

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Apr 05, 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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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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