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.
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.
I am totally in love with this book. I received an ARC at last year's Comic Con. Two major things that I like about this book:
2) The plot.
The first section of the book was spent on world building. Part dysopian society with a bourgeoisie-style of social class ranking, but it's more about the color of your blood. Those with Silver blood are the bourgeoisie (high classes rich people with special abilities). Everyone else (peasants/working class) have Red blood. Being part of the working class, Mare works hard to find ways to help support her family. Unfortunately, that doesn't go according to plan. While working at a banquet gala at the palace, an incident causes a sequence of events that reveal Mare with silver blood abilities. The only problem is that her blood is Red. The second part was focused on her experiences in court as well as the underlying subplot of espionage. The final part was my favorite. Plans backfire, consequences rain down on Mare, relationships are broken and a really surprising turn on events. The ending was a great set up for the sequel.
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I’m a writer repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. I split my time between my hometown East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. My debut RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college.
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