Published by Orion on February 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
This book has been what everyone talked about ever since it was released early this year, and I have really been looking forward to reading this book. In Mare Barrow’s world, there are two different blood. LITERALLY. Those with red and those with silver blood. And Red (as they’re called) are normal people. On the other hand, Silvers have powers, such as telekinesis, mind reader and such. So the Reds are being treated like slaves, and Silvers like royalty. When Mare’s best friend is conscripted into army, she tried her best to do everything to win his freedom. But a twist of fate led her to the door of the Silvers palace, where in front of the royals, she discovers that she has powers of her own. But she’s RED.
Just summarising the story has gotten me so excited all over again. To be honest, I didn’t even bother about the rest of the summary because OH. MY. GOD. THIS GIRL IS AWESOME. She stood in front of all those crappy, spoilt Silvers and be like “YUP, NOW MY POWER SHALL COME OUT AND I AM RED MUAHAHAHAH!” But nah, I’m exaggerating through all the awesomeness. YOU HAVE TO READ IT. The whole book was set in a Grisha-like setting (recall Shadow and Bone), only this time, they didn’t really focus that much on the ENEMY who was attacking Silvers and Reds. Because I think the main focus point was about the inequalities between the two blood.
And then there’s Mare. I totally loved her since the first time they introduced her because come on, SHE’S A THIEF. And a good one, at that. Even though she came from a lowly Red family, she didn’t let the fact that she’s suddenly a PRINCESS gets to her head. And I loved how, in between all the chaos, Victoria Aveyard manages to still show that Mare has enough remorse in her, even for people who deserved it, to show that she still has a good heart. And that’s what I like, especially with stories regarding rebellions. To show that despite them fighting back against the other “evil” side, they still do realise that they’re killing people’s family members and such.
As for romance? I am sitting out on this part of the review. All I have to say is that: THESE BOOKS ARE THE REASON I HAVE TRUST ISSUES.
But in conclusion, the moment you see this book on a boolshelf? PICK. IT. UP. BUY IT. You need this book, because it brings about a whole new world of magic and royalty.
ANYONE CAN BETRAY ANYONE.