Red Queen

Red Queen

Book - 2015
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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.
ISBN: 9780062310637
0062310631
Branch Call Number: AVE Y
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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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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MamaDavis1
Jan 30, 2019

This book is so well done. It unexpectedly gripped me right away I sat and read 215 pages in the first sitting, sacrificing sleep! Such a good read. Looking forward to the prequel and the others she may write. Excellently detailed.

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SpeedyLlama
Jan 28, 2019

I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book. It was one of those books where you are perusing the shelves, because you are looking for a good read, and all the books you have read lately are disappointing. I saw it, and was like, "Well, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try." A few hours later, I opened it up, and was immediately hooked. From the first page I was loving it! Although it has something my friend likes to call a 'generic female dystopian protagonist' (spunky, independent female protagonists who makes it clear she can fend for herself ex. Katniss, Aelin Galathynius, Tris), I really felt a connection to Mare. The storyline was intriguing, and I loved the way the author writes! I've also read way too many books from a third person perspective, so reading first person was refreshing. However, one thing I noticed was that it held some resemblance to Keeper of the Lost Cities. It seemed like KOTLC but written for older audiences. All of the silver abilities were pretty similar to Shannon Messenger's book, as well as the conflict between those who have abilities and those who don't.

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goddessbeth
Jan 19, 2019

Red Queen is everything I want in a Young Adult Fantasy novel: intelligent, imaginative, fast-paced, with shades of real world conflict and steamy, believable romance. A few times it strayed into possible trope territory, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did, as it went the best place it could go. And that ending! So very cliffhanger, I am itching to pick up the next book.

I've read other books that attempted to address class war in a fantasy setting, and have come across as shallow and trite. But Red Queen definitely nails it. The Reds are suffering, cruelly and needlessly. The Silvers clearly view them as sub-people, and are caught up in their own machinations and fear to the point of losing the capability of sympathy. No individual in this book is a mustache-twirling villain, neither are any a Dudley Doright hero. Moral choices, intelligent choices, popular choices, devious choices- every character is defined by what they choose to do. And colored a bit by the expectations and desires of the character interpreting their actions (Mare).

The romance surprised me as entirely believable. Usually I find romances, especially in YA, to be overdramatic, implausible, or predictable. This had the air of real chemistry. And I actually liked the romantic interest. Er, interests. But it works out, I promise, in the best possible way.

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ami_clayton
Jan 08, 2019

As an adult lover of YA dystopia, this one gets four stars. Yes, a lot of the tropes employed are cliche in the genre. I found the plot maddeningly predictable and wasn't surprised by any of the twists, but I appreciate the worldbuilding, the dialogue, and the sometimes unreliable narrator enough to rate it highly.

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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

Action packed, and hard to keep away from. It was practically glued to my hands. It's perfectly paced, never boring, and engaging characters. I moment I finished The Red I tore my room apart looking for the next book. The moment I found it i wasted no time in finishing the first half of the book. No doubt this is a 5 star book.

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pink_dog_617
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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

"The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain."

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

"The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain."

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scifiid
Mar 11, 2018

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

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scifiid
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.”

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scifiid
Mar 11, 2018

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

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scifiid
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.”

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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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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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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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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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