Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
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.
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.
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It's young adult for a reason, I guess. It was a weirdly indirect plot that was not very well developed. The characters weren't very original and did not have much growth. The heroin was very indecisive and weak, yet still somehow has three love interests. The idea for the book was great in theory but the execution left more to be desired. Not worth ten dollars if you ask me. Is similar quality to the free books that lure you to start a series. It's just as inconclusive as well.
The book was awesome. People complain bc of racial discrimination but I don't think that's the case there are were diff races they had darker colored people so for the ones who say she didn't implement more then white people.maybe read the book
OH MY GOODNESS where do I start? I read this book in less than five hours-I just could not put it down! With its wicked twists and turns Victoria Aveyard did an amazing job! It is so worth the $9.99!