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Red Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard, is a sweeping tale of power, intrigue, and betrayal, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.
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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first novel in Victoria Aveyard’s heroic YA epic introduces us to Mare Barrow, a would-be thief who’s drawn into a battle for control of the kingdom of Norta—and a love triangle with two noble brothers. Mare’s an impudent-but-fearless young heroine fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds. Stacked with combat scenes, clandestine romances, and shocking betrayals, Red Queen mixes classic fantasy tropes with relatable, conversational prose. It made us want to dive right into Glass Sword, the next book in the series.
In the dystopian future of Aveyard's debut, those who bleed red are the impoverished underclass, meant to serve silver-bloods who boast supernatural gifts that have helped them maintain control. But a rebellion is rising, and 17-year-old Red narrator Mare Barrow is the spark to ignite the Scarlet Guard's cause after she discovers she can summon lightning from her fingertips. Aveyard is adept at describing Mare's psychological struggle, forced to live as a captive among the royal family after her powers manifest ceremony to choose a future queen. Mare's journey as reluctant poster child and mutant becomes as much about fighting for what is right as about untangling the deceit of the privileged upper echelons. There's an unmistakable feeling of deja vu to this first installment in the Red Queen trilogy, which 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. Fortunately, Aveyard's conclusion leaves the story poised to depart from this derivative setup. Ages 13 up.
This book is absolutely fabulous. It's red rising and the selection bundled in one. The plot was great, the character development was even better, and my god the plot twists, I never saw them coming. The first instalment of this trilogy was a fantastic start, I can't wait to see what is in store for the next two instalments.
This is my favourite book of all time never expected the end!!
Couldn’t put this book down! Complete page turner I was entertained from beginning to end! BRAVO!