The Red Queen

9780062310651In a recent EpicReads.com post, Harper Teen, an imprint of Harper Collins, shared the first seven chapter of a debut novel by Victoria Aveyard: The Red Queen. They aren’t kidding when they say they’ve been teasing us with snippets. They released book covers, they tweeted, they shared Facebook statuses… they teased us with this alright.

So when I saw they were sharing the first seven chapters on my Facebook feed–I jumped on that opportunity. Let me just say this to Miss Aveyard:

You have my attention.

In the first seven chapters, the action and information packed chapters, Aveyard uses cinematic language to direct the life of Mare Barrow, a 17 year old Red who is doomed to be conscripted into the King’s Army. Not content with that future, she plans to escape. Obviously, things are not so easy as “get away.” Those who try to escape conscription are brought back to town and hanged publicly.

Trying to steal enough pocket change to pay someone to get her to safety, she meets Cal as he exits a local bar. They talk about her situation and lack of employment keeping her from the army. The next day she is taken to the palace.

Let’s just say I can’t wait to buy this book. It comes out February 10, 2015 and you can purchase it from any of the links here.

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