The first novel in the #1 bestselling RED QUEEN series by Victoria Aveyard.
THIS IS A WORLD DIVIDED BY BLOOD - RED OR SILVER.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .
Read the international bestselling RED QUEEN series in full:
Book 1: RED QUEEN
Book 2: GLASS SWORD
Book 3: KING'S CAGE
Book 4: WAR STORM
Book 5: BROKEN THRONE (AN EXCLUSIVE RED QUEEN COLLECTION)
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.
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This was a very good book. I finished it in 2 days as I spent my days just reading it as I couldn't put it down. I've only given it 4 stars as at the beginning and around the middle I found it quite boring: girl finds power, girl hides power, girl's suddenly a princess from being poor, girl's learning to be a princess, betrothed to a prince blah blah blah. What gave it the 4 stars was that there was a lot of emotion in it (I love to feel with the characters) and while it was boring, there was something in it that kept me to carry on reading it (hence couldn't put it down). The ending was what really gave it 4 stars as it was a very, very, VERY, BIG plot twist and the last words send shivers down my spine as unexpected people you learn to love are hated in a snap of your fingers.
Not usually my thing but loved it
Couldn’t put my phone down as I started reading it. Just amazing story to it, with a twist I didn’t see coming really!
Can’t wait to read the rest of the red queen series.
I’ve been looking for a book just like this