Mare Barrow has hated the Silvers for her entire life. As a Red, she is bound for a life of servitude, poverty, and eventual conscription into the Army to fight a war waged by the Silvers. The Silvers have all of the power and money and hold onto it using their rare special abilities - powers that allow them to manipulate the elements in addition to the Reds. When Mare's best friend, Kilorn, is conscripted earlier than expected, she is determined to find a solution to his problem. But her attempts to solve one problem lead to an even greater one - Mare, though her blood flows Red, is discovered to have an ability of her own in a very public forum. Suddenly, she is swept into the world of the Silvers, betrothed to marry the youngest Prince, and forced to live out her days among those she hates the most. So Mare chooses the only path that she feels she can reconcile - join the Red rebellion group, the Scarlet Guard, and wage a revolution from within the palace.
Why It's Worth Reading:
Oh boy, people - this is an action-packed, thrill-a-minute political fantasy and it's got award potential. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Red Queen ended up on some Best Of... lists later this month or in early 2016. It has already secured its spot as Goodreads winner for best from a Debut Goodreads Author. Mare is such an honest, believably-flawed character and her world is one of tough choices. The tension among her new "family" of Silvers and "friends" in the Scarlet Guard keep readers guessing about where alliances really lie. The wavering romantic interest from prince to prince will keep readers hearts beating with speculation. And the end! Just wait until you read the end of this book. Your mouth will hang open in shock. This book would be perfect for a long winter break - suspenseful, exciting, and with a sequel expected in early February!
Reading Levels: AR 5.2, Lexile HL740L
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Do We Own a Copy?: Yes! 2 copies!