on January 1st 1970
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Book from NYPL
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.
After six months of non-stop New Adult/Romance binge, I started to crave reading a good YA fantasy novel. After seeing this series on bookstagram, I decided to pick it up and see what the fuss is all about.
In this story, the world is divided by the color you blood. There are the Reds who are poor, sent to war to fight, and basically enslaved to those with silver blood. The Silvers have magical abilities and they are in charge of the world. Mare Barrow is a red who by chance ended up working in King’s mansion as a servant. In one afternoon, after seeing Silver’s ability, Mare showcases her own abilities to create lightning and electricity. Mare is what it’s called a Newblood. She is red with special abilities.
The king wanted to see more of Mare power. So he ask Mare to change her background and embrace as being a silver. She is betrothed to Prince Maven.
While living in the castle, she discovered the Scarlet Guard. The scarlet guard is a group of rebels against the Silver ruling. Mare gets recruited and start to spy for Scarlet Guard. In a twist, we see Maven’s involvement change.
I enjoy this book. I felt that the pace was good. There was enough plot twist and fights. The characters are well defined.
This series is not my favorite in this genre. I am glad that I read it though as it has been a great introduction back to YA fantasy novels.