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 ...
There are so many mixed reviews about this book that it was a little scary going into this one.
I have to say right from the start the book does feel a little been there and done that. It feels like a mix of Hunger Games with X-men. It certainly doesn’t really scream original but I decided to keep reading because I was really curious about where this one was going.
As you read you start to bond with Mare because she has so much to prove and she is just starting out on this rocky journey. I liked her in the beginning of this book because she doesn’t know what to expect from the Silvers and how their world really works. I was interested in learning about this world and seeing what made the Silvers so special that they could rule the world and make Reds the slaves. I wanted to see how Mare would grow once she came into her power and how she was going to learn to live with the Silvers that took her in as their own even though she wasn’t one of them.
I did enjoy seeing Mare grow and the rebellion form. I was rooting for the change in their government and to see how things could potentially change in the way we saw them change many years ago when similar things happened in our real history. I was drawn into this historical feeling world even though it is suppose to be in the future. I felt like everything was working out really well with this book except the romance sections. I was really skimming those because I felt there was no real connection between Mare and Cal or Maven. I really didn’t even get why we needed romance thrown in….
Then folks we hit the wall… The reason why the romance needed to be there. I was so angry I didn’t even want to finish reading this book because it seemed so stupid on what they were hinging their big plans on. The romance was half baked at best, it was practically nonexistent. I didn’t get how a huge rebellion would hinge on something so weak. I actually took a break from the book for a while.
Overall, I did pick the book back up to finish it and did find that the ending brought things back on track in a way. I also saw the ending coming from a mile away so I’m not really surprised about anything within the ending of the book. I think I will read the next book in the series to see if Aveyard can grow as an author as well as grow this story so it can get back on track so I will have to see if she can impress me more with the sequel. Here is to hoping.