By: Victoria Aveyard
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Mare Barrow has Red blood. Reds live in poverty and serve the Silvers, who are superior to them because Silvers have supernatural abilities. So it comes as quite a shock when Mare discovers she has powers, too. Soon she’s whisked away to the palace where she must pretend to be a Silver. The cost at anyone finding out her true identity is a huge price to pay.
This is a young adult book that contains:
• Violence (fighting in arenas, shattering a young girl’s hand in punishment, executions, torture, slapping, forcing someone to murder their own father, an explosion, using superpowers to wreak chaos and hurt others, references to a war and deaths)
• Profanity (b*tch, d*mn, and h*ll)
Red Queen is a fast-paced fantasy debut that explores the idea of people being treated differently just because something about them is different (i.e. their blood). The ending is inconclusive as this is the first book in a trilogy.
Readers who enjoyed Red Queen might also like The Orphan Queen, by Jodi Meadows.