Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pub Date: 02/10/15
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The basis of the plot was a tried and true story, but Aveyard does a fabulous job of making it her own. The book keeps you guessing at every single turn. The main character, Mare, has 3 different boys who are basically devoted to her. But she is always able to look past that and at the bigger picture.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was extremely memorable because of the gigantic twist at the end.
Cover: The cover was pretty good and very much reflects the contents of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Mare Barrow lives in a world split by blood. Silvers (the elite group) have special powers and are the only people eligible to wear the crowns. Reds are considered dirt and do all the jobs no Silver would ever think of doing. Mare is a red blood. At the age of 18 if you don't have a job you are required to serve in the army. Mare finds a job at the castle to save herself from the army so she can keep supporting her family. But it is full of people she despises. The first day on the job it is discovered that she has powers just like Silvers but she has red blood. In order to cover it up, the Queen comes up with a plan to disguise Mare as a royal who grew up in a red community. Mare gets mixed up in a revolution and ends up being loved by two brothers.
tags: fantasy / dystopian / magical powers / romance / intrigue / ya lit