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Red Queen Hardcover – Feb 10 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062310631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062310637
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable.” (USA Today)

“Aveyard weaves a compelling new world of action-packed surprises... inventive, character-driven.” (Kirkus)

“A volatile world with a dynamic heroine.” (Booklist)

“Breakneck pace and engaging characters.” (School Library Journal)

“ [Aveyard] sets her audience up for a gaspworthy twist that reconfigures nearly every character’s role and leaves Mare with no one to trust but herself... This blend of fantasy and dystopia will be an unexpected and worthy addition to many genre fans’ reading list.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

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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.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

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Mare Barrow's brothers - Shade, Bree, and Tramy - being jobless and unapprenticed have been sent off to war to fight for the Silvers. As Reds they are lower caste than the Silvers who have super powers so they are required to serve the Silver's wishes. Mare earns her living by being a pickpocket along with her friend, Kilorn, who is also a fisherman's apprentice. Her sister, Gisa, is apprenticed to a seamstress. When Kilorn loses his apprenticeship they try to find a way to escape recruitment into the army. Mare finds a fence who connects her with the Scarlet Guard, a group that will help them escape for two thousand crowns. But before this can happen the Scarlet Guard mount a terrorist attack and Mare's plan collapses. Then she is mysteriously called to the Silver capital to work as a servant and her life changes dramatically as powers she didn't realize she had manifest to the surprise of Mare and the Silvers, complicating her life in unexpected ways and immersing her in the intrigues of the Silver aristocracy. This book is an excellent start to the series and highly recommended.
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Mare Barrow is a Red. In Norta, this means that she's a normal human being, poor, and needs to scrape a living for herself and her family through thieving and general servitude. Reds are seen as the lowest of the low by Silvers, who have magical abilities that are highly esteeemed in the country. Mare and her family and friends despise Silvers, who treat Reds like dirt and have Reds fight an unending war with a neighboring country for them.

When circumstances for Mare send her right into the path of royals, she ends up discovering that she has magic abilities - and thus, is made a noble who is set to marry the second of two princes so that the reigning royal family can keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, an uprising is gathering through the country, and Mare has to figure out who she is and where her loyalties lie.

This one was hard to review because on one hand, I found the story very compelling, but on the other hand, there were lots of little things that I just couldn't get into. I've broken them down below.

Things That Frustrated Me:

The heroine: my biggest frustration with this book was the lack of character development in Mare. I didn't feel like I went on a journey with her as a character at all - she was kind of sassy and funny, and she clearly had some cool abilities...but that was it for me. I didn't feel like I knew her at all by the end of the book because she was the same person the entire way through. That was hard for me to connect with.

The romance: There were (count 'em) THREE love interests for Mare in this book. None of them really go anywhere big, but it just felt like every friggin guy in the book was into her.
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Being born a red meant that you were born a sub-citizen, a lesser being than the elite silvers with all of their powers and riches. Mare Barrow knows who she is, and where she’s headed, well that is until a freak turn of events put her in front of the silver court, demonstrating a power equal to that of any red. Mare’s world quickly turns more dangerous than she could have imagined, and she had imagined plenty of dangers throughout her life. Knowing who to trust is the hardest lesson she will have to learn, and watching those she loves die around her only strengthens her resolve; the reds must win.
The story starts at a simple pace only to increase to an intense action-packed plot. It is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with a dystopian world where equality is a thing of the past. Mare is a strong character who gets knocked down countless times only to rise up once more, but she isn’t particularly introspective, and you only get a brief glimpse into the real workings of her mind. It reads like it should be a film (and it will be soon), and this is not a bad thing.
I’m giving the book a five-star rating, but if I was to choose something that I change about it then it would be to add a little more romantic detail on the love triangle with the princes. I guess I’ll just have to read the next book in the series.
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I tend to read books in 3 different ways. First, I will start reading, get bored, put it down, forget about it and then months (sometimes years) later I might pick it back up and finish it out of a sense of duty. Second, I will slowly savour a book. These books I tend to read each night, whilst having a bubble bath or lying in bed before sleep. These are books I enjoy greatly but don't feel the urge to gallop through. Then there is the third way I read a book: consuming it. This is a much rarer for me but I love it when it happens. I'll find a book and become obsessed with it - so much so that I have to finish it as quickly as possible. That's what happened with Red Queen.

I loved this book. While the story of Mare isn't wholly unique (a seemingly normal girl who ends up in a place of privilege because of a hidden power) the way Victoria Aveyar weaves her story absolutely captivated me. I could not put this book down.

What I loved the most was the character development ... no, the action ... no the setting ... no, the character development. Argh! I actually loved it all. Let's start with the characters.

The book is written from Mare's point of view, in first person. And she is completely believable and human. Her worries and flaws are so real. She is the girl you want to be and if you can't BE her then you want to be friends with her. She is just so genuine.

The other characters in the book are equally complex and real. I like characters that have enough depth for me to really see them in my head, and Aveyar does an amazing job of creating these kinds of characters.

What about romance? You know there is going to be romance in a fantasy novel told from a girl's point of view and Red Queen doesn't disappoint.
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