Genres: Young Adult
on February 10th 2015
Published by HarperTeen Goodreads
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.
17-year-old Mare Barrow lives in the poverty-stricken area called the Stilts. She was born into a poor family but money has nothing to do with her family’s lack of sustenance. It is, in fact, the color of her blood that sets her apart from the wealthy, powerful silver bloods. Mare is a Red, destined to be a poor servant until the day of her constriction when she will join the army and fight for the Silvers. You see, Silvers are princesses, kings and queens–the elite. Not only is their blood silver, it gives them special abilities, like bending steel with your mind, controlling people and objects with your mind and making fire with your hands.
When her best friend Kilorn is conscripted into the army, Mare will do anything she has to do to keep him from the deadly war, including making a deal she knows she can never deliver good on. Mare thinks up crazy plan, one last try to save Kilorn, but it fails miserably leaving her sister crippled and broken. Just when Mare thinks things couldn’t possibly get worse, she gets caught stealing. Little does she know, that pocket she tried to pick has opened up her world to something she never thought possible, a paid position as servant to the king. Now, here is where SOMETHING finally starts to happen, though it took a while for me to get to the “I can’t put this book down” stage, it did happened around page 296. A few days of training to be a servant and Mare works her first party only to discover she has abilities similar to that of a Silver. Now the King can not ignore what he saw, nor can he kill Mare because so many other people saw a Red servant using powers. So he does the next best thing and lies. Before she knows it, Mare is betrothed to a prince and living the life of a Silver. This is not the end of the story of course, Mare has joined the Scarlet Guard; an army of Reds determined to bring down the Silvers and so has her future husband, or so she thinks.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I tried really hard too! I found myself bored and begging for the storyline to hurry up, or draw me in faster. I normally read a book this size in a few days, this one however took close to 20 days to read. I liked it, I just wish it moved faster. I feel like building up the story took 296 pages, then everything happened at once and BAM! it was over. I will finish the trilogy because I do want to know what happens to Mare and Cal and because this is a first novel and that means there is room to grow!