“Anyone can betray anyone.”Victoria Aveyard
Synopsis: 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.
I read this book from cover to cover in less than 24 hours so that’s got to be a good sign right? I enjoyed this fast paced, classically YA offering from Victoria Aveyard, yes even the overdone tropes. The book reminded me so much of “The Hunger Games” novels, with the protagonist, Mare Molly Barrow being thrust into power, love triangles and the parallels between President Coins rebels and the Scarlet Guard.
I completely expected this book to be set in a time gone by, but quickly realised it is based in a futuristic dystopia. Victoria excelled when contrasting the sumptuous world of the silvers and the drab surroundings of the Reds. This further illustrated the gap between the poor and the rich.
I did enjoy the story where we followed Mare through her tenuous rise to power and the obligations and decisions that came along the way. I liked the romances, but had completely predicted the ending before reaching the midway point from the writing of the characters. Authentic development of the cast seemed to be lacking disguised as not very well explained plot twists. Overall despite feeling slightly underwhelmed, I still relished reading the story and would recommend to those of you looking for a light read of a dystopian/fantasy fiction. Happy Reading!
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