This is a world divided by blood--red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of godlike superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-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...
©2015 Victoria Aveyard (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
All in all, this book was... OK... I found the characters were not very well developed and the main character was annoying in a look-at-me-I'm-so-uniquely-special and look-at-me-all-the-boys-love-me way. While the topic is obviously not twilight, I did draw comparisons in my head to it, as I found the protagonist rather self centered, manipulative and two dimensional and there was a love triangle (possibly will develop into a rectangle in the future books!) that was annoying. The other characters are fairly standard but do the job. I am sure that Cal will set some hearts a flutter with his perfection with a minor but acceptable flaw, but I can't say that he did anything for me.
The storyline is alright. I found it a bit predictable, but it kept my attention well enough and I did get to the end of the book without too much bother. There were some twists that, while not a total surprise, kept interest up.
I also found the world it was set in quite odd. The author seemed to draw from high fantasy GoT style worlds and futuristic dystopian worlds, throwing them into the blender with a hint of steampunk in the mix!
In short, if you don't mind your protagonists being precious little teenagers and want something that is mildly engaging for a short time, this is a mildly engaging bit of fantasy that you can escape with for a while, but, if I were you, I wouldn't shift it to the top of your wish list.
Incredibly good. Story, narration, the lot. all wonderful. Can't wait to listen to book number 2!
While the story reflects a hunger games style world and character scenario, the story is original. There are certainly parallels but they are both wonderful books. For those who enjoyed the Hunger Games series this will be for you. I don't mean that it's a cheap rip off but only that if you enjoy one, I'm positive you'll enjoy the other. Wonderful intriguing story with so many twists and turns.
Makes you think, makes you question everything and keeps you interested. No slow moments. It moves along nicely.
A young adult book? Sure. But If I wasn't told that before I couldn't have figured it out. Nothing child like about it. The main character just happens to be 17... at 23 myself, I adored it. It's the fantasy novel I've been waiting for and I am so excited that there are more books. I bought the second one straight away after finishing it.
Worth every cent.
When I read the synopsis I figured this would be something I'd like but it turned out I was really surprised at how good it was. I'm definitely off to see if there's a sequel!
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Loved this book, I can remember spam listening to something so quickly before. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend without a doubt. This takes the stereotype for young adult novels at the moment and changes it very dramatically in a way that is interesting.
My favourite character was probably a mixture. I really liked Maven, but I also liked Kilorn.
Here's why: Maven was a complex, interesting character who wasn't what you expected at any point in the story. Genuinely likable and safe feeling. This went far deeper because of SPOILERS.
Kilorn is sweet and the typical best friend character and he does exactly the opposite of what was expected of that character and he doesn't just serve to advance Mare's narrative but has a far bigger role.
I enjoyed the voice actress. I probably would have experienced it in much the same way but I found her way of explaining the story very engaging and interesting. There was a lot of emotion in her performance which you don't always find with narrators.
Yes, it was. Sadly, I kept falling asleep but somehow that was better. I listened to it every change I got; on the way to work, on the tube, walking home from work, on my lunch break at work, when I went to bed...
Totally not what I expected. A nice change, I cannot wait to see where this leads.
"Enthralling, twist and turns, excellently narrated"
Wow!! If you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, read this now!!
If you're new to the genre, read this now!
Fast paced, tight with detail, packed with intrigue and richly written characters.
Kept me enthralled with twists and turns, all the way through.
I mostly listened via audio, the narrator injects emotions perfectly.
THAT FREAKING ENDING!!
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