Red Queen (Red Queen Series #1)

Red Queen (Red Queen Series #1)

by Victoria Aveyard


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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

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.

And don’t miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062310644
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Red Queen Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 5,325
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. You can visit her online at

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Red Queen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 385 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Red Queen can be summed up in one word..... EPIC!! I absolutely adored this book.  What can I say to do this book justice! I think I'll start with some of my favourite things.  The world building was phenomenal. The idea that you are graded, basically, by the colour of your blood. There are the lowly Reds, they are the work force and masses of the world. They do the dirty work and are treated accordingly. Then you have the "mighty" Silvers. They are the elite, they have wealth and powers beyond measure. They treat any one under them with derision and don't care who they hurt. I loved the idea of this and how the colour of your blood matters. In a world saturated in books, it's rare enough you will find a truly unique and amazing world. Well Red Queen has it all!!  The Silvers powers were also amazing. Man, they had some cool powers!! Some could manipulate water, some electricity, some metal, some fire etc. Each family had a unique one and I loved seeing them in action.  Then we have the characters. Mare is a lowly Red but she has a fighters spirit and hates the Silvers. She is due to conscript to the army when she turns of age but when her best friend says he is to go soon, she decides that, enough is enough, and tries to buy them passage to anywhere other than where they are. By a twist of fate though, she ends up meeting someone who gets her a job in the palace. She thinks if she takes it she may be able to help her people. What she doesn't know is things come to light in ways she couldn't imagine and she is thrown into palace life. Mare was such a plucky girl but yet she is so naive at times and trusts too easy. All she wants is for a normal life but when you can't do anything for yourself and you are treated like dirt, it wears on you. She wants to do whats best, but at what cost??  We have 2 Princes, the Kings heir and favourite, Cal and his younger step brother and Mares rock during her time at the palace, Maven. Cal is like all future Kings and knows his own mind, he is strong, brave and idealistic, though maybe with the wrong ideals. Mare feels drawn to him and wants so much for him to help her, but can she trust him? Maven on the other hand is kind and nice to Mare all the time and will do anything to help her. She can't help but like his easy going and kind manner and ends up relying on him more and more. He is the brother living in the shadow of a greater brother and Mare feels for him.  Now, I suppose you could say that there is a love triangle in Red Queen, though Mares' feelings are plain for all to see, so I'm not sure if I can call it a love triangle! I normally hate them in books but because this is necessary to the story and Mare isn't torn between them, I didn't mind.  Now I could keep gushing about the book but I better wrap it up!! Lol. Red Queen is one of those books that you want to read for the first time again. It blew me away and I'm impatiently awaiting the next one. There is so much in this book to love. It is action packed, unique, full of twits and turns and with gasp out loud moments. Believe me, I gasped at a certain part because I was fooled too!! The Queen is the epitome of Evil and very very cunning. There is so much you don't see till it's too late, that I was left reeling. It's a unique and captivating read and one that will stay with me forever. Those characters stole a piece of my heart and I need book 2 like yesterday. What else can I say about this magnificent piece of writing other that, go buy it now!!! 
book4children More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I can't decide if my feelings on this book are mixed or simply non-existent. The concept was interesting, but I've read this same story before in other YA books. Red Queen didn't bring anything new to the table and I'm tired of angry, outspoken protagonists. I didn't connect with the characters, and none of the twists managed to surprise me. I almost quit reading several times, but I'm glad I didn't because the second half of the book was much better than the first. Even though this book was predictable, it still managed to keep me turning pages. If you haven't read a lot of young adult novels, you may like this book better than I did. After all, the writing flows easily and the story follows a nice arc. There is plenty of action, betrayal, and emotional drama going on. It is violent, but not gory. There are a couple of curse words, but the romantic element is kept very clean. I'm chalking this one up to personal taste. I think a lot of people will like this book, but it didn't knock my socks off. Content: Violence, 2 or 3 curse words. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've put off reading this series for awhile- mostly because I've quit reading series until all books are out and I basically forgot about it. I honestly wasn't missing anything and I won't be continuing the series. The character's just don't do anything for me. Mare actually just irritate's me. One minute the author wants to portray her as a tough, take no crap girl and the next she seems timid and quick to do whatever. It makes it hard to know how you see her. Every single problem that arises has some miraculous solution. The plot is fairly predictable. I mostly wish the character's left me with any feeling at all or I could have had a vested interest. I frankly don't see what the fuss is about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love the idea of this story but the execution was lackluster. I often got lost in the timeline and the entire thing seems rushed. Maybe if the same story were given twice as many pages, it could have developed into something much greater.
nookie86 More than 1 year ago
Why is the Nook book over $1.20 more expensive then the Hardback version? I would think it could at least be the same price as the paperback version??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start off my saying I was pleasantly surprised from the beginning. I thought this book would take place in the medieval time, not present time! Although I love medieval stories, I've read so many lately it was nice to have a change from the norm. From the beginning, Mare was interesting to me. She was a bad-ass who would do anything to get food on the table for her and her family, which I really admired. She reminded me of Katniss from Hunger Games in a lot of ways, with her determination and apathetic/unhappy attitude. It was definitely interesting following her journey, and I'm excited to see where else it goes. As for the other characters, I felt they all played a great part in the story and really kept it interesting. While I can't say that I feel in love with any character in particular, I was impressed with the way Ms. Aveyard developed them all. You could tell it was important to her that her readers understand everything they needed to about each character. As far as the story line goes, I was really impressed with the abilities of the Silvers; they reminded me a lot of the Epics from The Reckoners Series by Brandon Sanderson. Overall though, I thought the book was great, but not excellent. There are a lot of other books out there similar to this one; the dystopian theme is all the rage after all, as is the whole "us against them" trend. I found myself getting bored through certain areas, possibly because it seemed that at times the author was trying to get more dialouge in between certain characters. Some events I felt could have been left out of the book to cut down read time. But, that't just my thoughts. Overall, I give 4 out of 5 stars. I will definitely continue to read this series, and will be recommending it to my reading buddies as well. Bravo, Ms. Aveyard!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garbage 1. Political agenda I hate it when people write books that are meant for teens and then fill it with their own political opinions. No place for it in the book 2. Bad language There is some REALLY bad cursing in this book. And, further along the series, the swearing gets so bad, I would have to caution young readers looking for a cool fantasy before picking up the book— this is not it! 3. The plot is horrible The ending of the series is awful. If there is one that readers cannot stand, it is an unfinished conclusion of a series, and that’s exactly what you get here. unfinished end! 4. Violence Like... wow... this is some intense, utterly grotesque scenes or gruesome murder and death. Not so much in this installment but in the ones that follow it gets way over-the-top. My age rating: Fifteen and up. My rating in general: one star. The one star is given specially for the way it was written it was written in a very elegant way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the story concept, however the authors writing style is a bit jumpy. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and am jumping right to the sequel to binge read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read that kept me turning pages all night long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charcters are so underdeveloped and boring, Mare the main character is just whiney and stupid. This is a poorly thought out poorly written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know how this book got such rave reviews. I thought the characters were undeveloped and predictable. I never connected with Mare and the romances she developed seemed to come out of no where. Plot was interesting and would have been a great series to read but I couldn't get passed how Mare seemed so pathetic all the time. Take charge girl! Also seemed to jump in time without any real transition. Overall, good plot, bad character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is epic and amazing. It captures your attention and keeps you entwined. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the sequel. If your looking for a new intense read that will leave you wanting more I definatly recomend red queen. Its written beauitfuly and keeps your attention even after you finish and wishing you could you read the second book already.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I love this book so much!!!!!! Along with the whole serious is amazing. I couldn't but it down!! This book is exactly what i was hoping it would be. You will fall in love with all the characters!!! I defiantly recommend this book to honestly anyone.
J_Buck 4 months ago
Although it may be a copyright infringement level of similar to multiple books, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is well written, interesting, and an overall good book.(If you can get past the plagiarism)Yes, It is obnoxiously similar to both The Hunger Games and Red Rising. And sure, the main character is pretty much Katniss Everdeen in terms of backstory, physique, and personality. Sure, the setting is pretty much the Seam, and the grand palace is literally the capitol from Hunger Games, and yes, the plot is literally Red rising and Hunger Games put together. (Parenthesis is Red Queen)The districts (cities) each have separate jobs, like District 3 (New Town). One girl, Katniss Everdeen ( Mare Barrow) gets selected for some gladiatorial match, ( Finds out she has some weird power), and goes on to try to overthrow the capitol. (King) The logistics of the place they are in are also ridiculously similar to Red Rising, in which the reds ( Reds) are oppressed by the golds. (Silvers) The reds do all the slave work for the golds (silvers) leisure all the time. Aside from that, I actually found myself enjoying the book. It is relatively well written, to the point where it was quite descriptive, and the plot was good, although it was likely copied. The characters are relatable, well described, and engaging, although they are missing backstory. The world of the book is very real, due to its description.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves a good story should read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. Very original and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It keeps you on the edge of ypur seat the entire time and no one is safe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. What an amazing read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs you from the 1st page and takes you on one hell of a ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously this series is my new obsession! I'm actually upset with myself that I didn't get these books before. Love it