Hardcover, 383 pages
13 hours audiobook
Published February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
This is another book with a strong female character who hates the system. Simular to Katniss Everdeen, Mare finds herself in a situation she didn't expect after trying to take the fate of her family into her own hands.
Like Game of Thrones in a Young Adult Fantasy world, the fight for power is never ending.
Aveyard creates a world wracked by war, a war that, we don't really see to much of in the first book. I was under the impression that the Lakelanders, were on the side of Norta for most of the book. Oops. But I have heard that we find out more about the world in the second book. Though I do feel like the lack of world building in the first book left me lost for part of it.
It took me about four hours to really get into the story. I did find the action scenes beautifully written.
My biggest issue with the book was how, it kept seeming like it was going to end, then would keep going. It kinda got annoying because I wasn't physically reading it. But I knew there was more to listen too.
The characters in this book were all flawed. This was something new and fresh for me, having read so many "perfect chosen" one books lately.
I am curious as to how the world will grow, and how things will pan out so I will continue this series. It might just not be right away.
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