Red Queen

Red Queen

Book - 2015
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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red. To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard--the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062310637
Branch Call Number: YA FIC AVEYA
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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Reviewed by Sarina: Red and Silver. The difference between riches and poverty. Between power and weakness. Between strength and vulnerability. In this world, the color of your blood changes the way society looks at you. Silvers have power beyond our imagination. They could be super strong, could ... Read More »


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Divya8720
Aug 06, 2019

Best. Book. Ever. LOVED IT!!! Literally couldn't put it down till I finished it. Highly recommend it like just ignore the negative comments about this book and give it a try :)

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Caitlin78
Aug 03, 2019

Painfully predictable

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kbirchenall
Jun 28, 2019

I read this book on reconmendation from my friends and loved it it has such a relatable story a girl who feels scared and unequal to the rest of the world especialy her little sister Gisa who can save her families lives. I feel that the moral is that when you feel insignificant there may just be a surprise at your feet.

I think that to really enjoy this story you need to be 10 years of age

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kargus
Jun 24, 2019

I checked out this ebook but received Queen Song - a short prequel to Red Queen. It was a good story but I was looking for the first in the series.

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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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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

pink_dog_617 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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Apr 26, 2018

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samaneddine
Oct 08, 2017

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Jr_Jiggles
Aug 20, 2019

"I want Mare and Cal babies!"
- Natasha

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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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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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