Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genres: Fantasy, YA
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
- Even though the plot resembled a lot of other dystopians, I still really liked it. It definitely reminded me why I loved dystopians so much in the first place.
- The main character, Mare Barrow, was a great main character. She’s very likeable and brave. She won’t go down without a fight.
- The action scenes were excellent! The kept me on the edge of my seat, and made me unable to stop reading until it was over. They were very fast-paced without feeling chaotic, which is a difficult thing to pull off.
- Usually while reading a book, I can always picture what the characters and places look like, but while reading this one, I just couldn’t. It felt like I was reading the book blindly (which doesn’t really make any sense) and I really didn’t like it.
- I got bored. So bored, in fact, that I had to read the last few sentences of the book to keep me from DNF’ing it. Luckily the last few sentences were really intriguing, and the book did get a bit better towards the end.
- The ending didn’t sit very well with me. (SPOILER ALERT!) The fact that Prince Maven’s character could change so drastically in just a few seconds felt very weird, and very unrealistic. But, granted, it was a plot-twist that I didn’t see coming.