A Rebel's Reading List: The Books Victoria Aveyard Recommends for Her Own Heroine

Posted by Hayley on February 7, 2017


Books contain a great deal of power. No one knows this better than Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series which brings superhero-like abilities into a YA fantasy world. As King's Cage, the third entry in the series, hits bookshelves, Goodreads asked Aveyard to share the books that would help her beleaguered heroine, Mare, rise up against her tormentors.


When Glass Sword ended, Mare was left in chains as a sacrifice to save her friends, a prisoner to protect a rapidly expanding rebellion. Her path to imprisonment was fraught with fatal missteps and horrific choices. She is, after all, a teenager barely keeping her head above water. She is bound to fail, to fall. And hopefully, eventually, move forward. Rise. Resist.

There is no greater weapon in the world than words, and now, with all Mare's other weapons taken away, they are the only ones left to her. If given the chance, she would leap for books to strengthen her mind, her heart, and her determination to survive. Against a broken boy king, in the face of a totalitarian government bent on dividing, conquering, and controlling her world, Mare might find solace in a few books familiar to us.


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Within Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, the boy wizard faces a world like Mare's, under the tyrant thumb of Professor Umbridge, and the willfully ignorant, ineffectual Ministry seeking to deny the growing terrors of Voldemort's return. Though it features the last rays of sunlight before night falls on the Wizarding World, there is hope in this book, and hope will keep Mare alive.



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Between the pages of Wolf by Wolf and its sequel, Blood for Blood, both by Ryan Graudin, Yael, a rare survivor of the Holocaust has extraordinary powers. He is the key to overthrowing a victorious Nazi Reich and the Empire of Japan. Her courage, strength, and constant struggle with her own morality would comfort Mare, who also seeks balance between becoming a hero and becoming a monster.



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William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, chronicles the seeds of Hitler's Nazi empire through the end of World War II. It holds necessary wisdom for Mare…and for anyone who believes in understanding history so that it might never be repeated. Recognizing the gathering clouds of tyranny is the best way to weather, and defeat, the coming storm.



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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir would be more than welcome in Mare's imprisonment, another testament to rebellion, resistance, and the indomitable strength of women who fight back in every way they can. In Laia, a daughter of a people subjugated by another crushing empire, Mare would find not just comfort and determination, but understanding. They are both flawed in their pursuit of freedom, and in this, there is no shame. There is great importance in the flawed female. A phrase that, in truth, means, the real female. A real person. For there is nothing and no one without flaw or imperfection. To see that reflected in An Ember in the Ashes would be a gift to Mare, one that might help her heal scars inside and out.




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What books would you recommend to Mare? Share them with us in the comments.

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Sara Moura Need this book in hard cover!


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Mica Can't wait to read!!!


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Rumana Ugh out in two days in the UK!!
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Kimberly Vanderbloom I pre ordered a copy but they are taking their sweet time delivering it


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Hamdiya i bought 2 books awhile back and didn't finish them
so my parents aren't letting me buy kings cage until i finish them
ugghhh


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Arianna Walker I waited practically forever for this!!!!! Can't wait to get it!


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Diana Lang I pre ordered a copy it should get to me by thursday!!!


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Cindy Schneider how many books will be in this series? i plan on buying the complete set and then rereading the books...i loved the first two, couldnt get into the second one because i didnt have enough time


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Diana Lang I know this book is going to change everything!!!!


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Falak Bashir She should read the lights between the ocean to understand what love truly means and that she can simply make a difference


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Nicole Calore It's been two days since they released it here in the Philippines but our bookstores are having 'delivery' issues so we are DOOMED!!!


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Hannah It's sitting on my bookshelf in all its glory, but I can't start it yet because I'm in the middle of five books


message 18: by Stacey (new)

Stacey So excited! Ive been waiting 11 months for this book!!!! It's being delivered thursday. I was going to go to barnes and noble to buy it, but i have amazon prime, and its so much cheaper on amazon then at the bookstores.


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J I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!
This series has influenced my writing so much! I've been working on a book and when I was writing the first draft, the ending was super similar to the end of Glass Sword! I did change it though, for potential copyright reasons, but I AM SO HYPED! ((MareXCal forever!!!)
Speaking of Mare, for her I would recommend The Nine Lives of Chloe King. It's a three-book combo about a girl (Chloe King, if you hadn't already guessed) who dies. Like, in the very first chapter. (*cough cough* Magnus Chase it much?) After dying, she discovers that she's an special type of person who's got cat-like reflexes and abilities. So, she's practically Catwoman. Cool, right? Not so much for Chloe, who also discovers that she's caught in the midst of a war between the cat-people and the humans who know of their existence, and want them gone. Mare's gone through something similar to Chloe, in which I mean, she's found something completely new about herself, everything's changed in her life and those close to her, and now she's got the burden of an entire species on her shoulders. Mare could really relate to Chloe, plus, the love triangle action in this book is on point! I recommend this to not only Mare, but everybody who enjoyed the Red Queen books, or even superhero-type books in general! It's a thrill ride that's got so many twists and turns, you never know what's coming next.


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Daria I recommend "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys. Never been a fangirl before but now I'm afraid I'll die wishing the odds were better for my favourite pairing(pairings?must you choose one?or cry for everybody?). Ruta Sepetys' book proves love can be won even when you are smaller than the fight that separates you


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Meli I can't wait to read this book!!! My copy doesn't arrive till Friday :( The only good thing about the delay is that I have exams tomorrow and I won't be able to resist temptation.


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Yrina Sandes OMG I want to read it right now!!!!


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Carmen I NEED TO GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT as soon as my midterms are over D: !!! And need to reread Glass Sword!


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Ammy OMG!!! I need this book in my hands right now!!!


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Alex Reagan I REALLY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!! I AM SOOOOO FREAKING EXCITED FOR IT!!!!


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Rachel Marie I have been waiting for this book for 9 months now!!!! I pre-ordered this book so it should be here any day now!!! I literally cannot contain my excitement, I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

A big congratulation to the author, Victoria Aveyard. You are one of my favorite authors and that's saying a lot because I am a very very picky reader. But I have bought the whole Red Queen series and I don't regret it for a second. I books keep me on the edge of my seat and I'm so happy that you chose to write these books. Thank you for introducing me to the world of Mare Barrow, and thank you for sparking my interest in reading again. I went through a really hard time in my life and I lost interest in a lot of things (including reading) but your books ignited a love and passion for reading once again, I never thought that I would know that feeling again, but thank you for bringing it back. Keep writing and thank you again.


message 27: by Caitlyn (last edited Feb 07, 2017 04:47PM) (new)

Caitlyn Woods Hamdiya wrote: "i bought 2 books awhile back and didn't finish them
so my parents aren't letting me buy kings cage until i finish them
ugghhh"


I would NEVER get the book in that case... I have probably 70-80 books on my shelf that I haven't read...

EDIT: I ocunted and it's only 50...


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Brianna Goetz Cindy wrote: "how many books will be in this series? i plan on buying the complete set and then rereading the books...i loved the first two, couldnt get into the second one because i didnt have enough time"

If I'm not mistaken the next book is the last in the series.


message 29: by Yasmin (new)

Yasmin Halliwell Fraser Bower I would add to the list: Front Lines, the hunger games and divergent.


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Mandy Julian wrote: "My dad won't take me to the books store. What should I bribe him with? I need that book now!"

Why not?


message 31: by Caitlyn (new)

Caitlyn Woods Brianna wrote: "Cindy wrote: "how many books will be in this series? i plan on buying the complete set and then rereading the books...i loved the first two, couldnt get into the second one because i didnt have eno..."

There is a fourth book coming out next year, that's the last one. Not sure if you meant next as in King's Cage or that one, sorry if I'm wrong...


message 32: by Lucy (new)

Lucy I preordered kings cage and it still hasn't sent me a shipping email and I ordered it Sunday!!! I can't wait another day!!


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Guneet I NEED IT AHH


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Amaleh IM SO EXCITED BUT SO SCARED!


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Paulina Can't wait!! Please does somebody knows when is going to be translated to spanish????


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Darcy Barzan Brianna wrote: "Cindy wrote: "how many books will be in this series? i plan on buying the complete set and then rereading the books...i loved the first two, couldnt get into the second one because i didnt have eno..."

there are going to be 4 books in the series


message 37: by Stella (new)

Stella (Paper Wings) Mare should read Animal Farm by George Orwell. It's not a very happy book, but it's about failure to realize that in your struggle to fight the enemy, you have lost sight of yourself.
Can't wait for the book!


message 38: by StormOwl (new)

StormOwl Can't w8 to read the new book <3 <3 <3


message 39: by Diana (new)

Diana Lang Who is Mare Barrow going to choose Cal or Maven? I want to know!!!


message 40: by Kana_Rose (new)

Kana_Rose Literally just came back from the library two hours ago with the third book. Mare, OMFG!


message 41: by Diana (new)

Diana Lang Okay I pre order and I have to wait till thursday!!! to started reading


message 42: by Diana (new)

Diana Lang A Court of Thorns and Roses-When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it.

Truthwitch -In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.


message 43: by Mel (new)

Mel Belle I've had this release date in my calendar/icalendar since I finished the first books, all in a row, having stayed up to finish them all! What a book hangover, but I can't believe the wait is finally over! Would love to buy the trilogy in hardcover.


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Beate Akhter UH I have not read Glass sword so I am disappointed with myself.
But loved the first book !!! 5/5


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Diana I can't wait to read this amazing book!


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Hafsah Sharif Rumana wrote: "Ugh out in two days in the UK!!
I need it now!"
Hi Rumana just thought I'd let you know that I live in the UK and I managed to get King's Cage from Waterstones last saturday! Try looking there I'm sure you'll find a copy.


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Jordan I pre ordered this and I'm so excited to read it!!!


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Caroline Super excited!!!! #Maven&Mare4life


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Nikki (o.O) Super excited !!! Can't wait!!!!!!
Mare's rebel reading list should probably include 'And I Darken' by Kiersten White.


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Marina Thank you very much!


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