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 book was really intense. Really, really, really intense. I have an incredible amount to say about this lovely book and if you are not prepared or not wanting for this book to be spoiled, please leave RIGHT NOW.
*Warning this book contains spoilers!*
I will get on to how I felt about this book very soon, but please can we just pause and admire how beautiful the cover is?? It's so beautiful. Yes I just said that. But it is. Honestly, I think Victoria Aveyard and the cover artist knew exactly what they were doing.
Alright, onto the review. I loved how this book was so captivating for me. Yes, it was slow in the beginning, but once it picked up, believe me did it "pick up". The plot of Mare's betrayal was wonderful as we went through this with the Scarlet Guard. It felt like we were with them in the book (I know this sounds cheesy) planning with them to overthrow the king. It was gorgeously descriptive and twisted. Little did I know that there was another plot going on at the same time and that we were all going to be betrayed by Maven. This was huge. IT WAS ALL A LIE? I was never smart enough to see this coming, and I was completely surprised by him. I never expected someone like him to do something like this. He seemed so quiet, different from other Silvers and sweet towards Mare- how could he do this?! When I found out about his betrayal, I nearly fell out of my bed. Not joking. It was late and I was extremely tired (probs around 1am) I thought I wasn't reading it right. But when I re-read the same chapter, I realised nothing was wrong with what I read. Like really, he should get an Oscar.
It was real and right there in front of me.
Right now, even as I am writing this review, I still can't really accept it. Yet it is just a small passage in the book, it is the most important, and it killed me to read it. Like I said, I really liked Maven. I felt sorry for him, for being the shadow of his brother, the heir to the throne. I felt sorry for him, the boy who would never be truly be noticed. So great, now I just don't know how I should feel towards Cal. During the Scarlet Guard's plot, he was the one I wanted to destroy. But then, towards the end, he was the one to love and save. I am torn. If Mare never had feelings for Cal, then why the kiss? Maven has the kingdom in his hands now, so now what will he do? Maven was truly and pure evil. He was exactly the Silver I was expecting to meet in this book. But for Cal, I don't know what to think of him.
The betrayal in the book for me did not feel out of place. I feel like it was necessary, to reveal to us what kind of people can truly be. I saw one coming, but like I said, I didn't expect this one. People have said that this book overall felt "light and silly", but in my opinion, I disagree!! It was so intense and descriptive in what was going to happen, in the destruction of this regime. It was an artistic betrayal to show the ugly truth of the government that these people did not deserve to live in. I praise Victoria Aveyard for writing this novel and I think it couldn't have been done any better if it were in the hands of another author.
The only problem I had with this book was the powers the Silvers could possess in this book. Yes, I feel the names were special, but it's like I also feel I've seen that crap heaps of times before. Shiver, strongarm and swifts? Even if I may not had read something with these sorts of powers in it, it just seems someone has used the idea before. But like I said, it's not a really big of a deal for me because it was the plot that I really care about.
So that's my review! Tell me what you thought about this book if have have read it and GO READ IT if you haven't yet. I personally think that Aveyard did a wonderful job at writing her first novel and I look forward to read her next book Glass Sword that will be coming out Feb 9! Thanks for reading my review and see you guys soon.
I give this book a rating of 4.5/5 stars
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