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Publisher's Summary

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...
©2015 Victoria Aveyard (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jacinta on 11-10-17


It’s a well written, well paced book but the lack of acting in the woman’s voice pulled me out of it, she seemed afraid to yell or seem distressed in distressing scenes, and I personally couldn’t invest in the characters as they seemed one dimensional except for Maven. I never feared for anyone’s life and felt I knew where the story was going bar one twist. The romance seemed weak and forced on certain characters and in saying that characters were wishy washy in their motives, they flipped and flopped depending on how the plot needed them to be not because of who they were.

But I’m glad other people liked it and I can see how people would, just not for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rebecca wheeler on 08-26-15

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rosie on 12-04-15

In the spirit of twilight...

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.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 03-24-16

If you liked the Hunger Games you'll love this!

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa on 04-28-17

It was eh

The story was okay, not the best nor the worst I've ever read. It was eh. Romance seemed forced, rushed and unrealistic. The plot twist near the end kept me hooked enough to finish the book, but I don't think I'll be continuing the series. The narration, however, was very good.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Alexis on 03-20-16

Great book! but ...

It's a captivating book from the beginning. Some great plot twists. But sometimes a little predictable, and corny. Cringe worthy at times but overall the book is well written and the audio side was also great a few laugh worthy accents but overall a great performance

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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