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Aveyard, Victoria.

New York : HarperTeen, 2015
ISBN  0062310631

(4 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard introduces Mare Barrow, a lower caste thief living in a world of elite Silver bloods with magical powers and Reds who are born to conscription. When Mare is taken to serve in the Silver castle, she unwittingly displays powers of her own, and the royals claim her as a long lost silver princess and betroth her to their younger son. As she becomes a royal insider, she still conspires to help the Scarlet Rebellion, whose goal is to dismantle the caste system and put an end to the wars waged by the Silver royalty. The problems in the story reflect many of today's social issues including political corruption, ethnic and class inequality, pollution, warfare, and the power of the media to manipulate the truth. Of course, there are potential love interests for Mare, but these take a back seat to the action at this point in the trilogy. (Red Queen #1)  (Booktalk by Sharon Nehls.    Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2016)

Booktalk #2

Red Queen is known to be one of the best books to come out in 2015. Sci-Fi and Fantasy have been popular in the YA genre since The Hunger Games and Divergent. Red Queen offers more into the aspect of Politics into a fantasy world. The world is well developed with how the world works and the social classes. The characters are also well rounded and have their strengths and their flaws. I also like how there’s romance but it’s only a small part of what’s going on and that people who don’t like romance to be the main issue can still enjoy this book. This book pulls a lot of twists and turns and always have you second guessing. Overall I believe anyone who has enjoyed the new YA Dystopian genre and fantasy will be completely happy with Red Queen. (Prepared By: Ashlynn Peat, White Knoll High School, South Carolina Young Adult Book nominee 2017)

Booktalk #3

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. There, 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. (New Hampshire Flume Teen Award, 2018)

Booktalk #4

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood. Commoners with red blood serve the Silver-blooded elites who also are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare discovers that she too holds supernatural powers. There’s only one problem--Mare is a Red. To cover up this problem, the king forces Mare into the role of a lost Silver princess and orders her to marry one of his sons. As Mare is pushed further and further into the Silver world, she risks losing her position in the Red rebellion. (Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Rosie Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Ability -- Fiction.
                        Blood -- Fiction.
                        Fantasy fiction.
                        Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
                        Princesses -- Fiction.
                        Teenage girls -- Fiction.

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