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Publisher's Summary

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had. Except...her blood is red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard--the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince--and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
©2015 Victoria Aveyard (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Same Story, Better Writing

Why is this one at the top of the lists this year? Another class divided society, this one with silver blood topping the servile reds. Our protagonist from a hard-working, destitute family is nothing-special, yet feisty and bound for greatness (unbeknownst to her). This is the same story as so many others and seems to be the child of a "Hunger Games" and "Selection" mating.

Nothing new here except for three versus two boys in love with our heroine. The writing is superior to that of Kiera Cass' "Selection" series, but definitely not phenomenal; just better. Mare is easier to relate to than others, but not as magnetic as Katniss. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, definitely more relatable and not monotone. What you have here is a formulaic book one in the predictable, money-making trilogy publishing. If you're looking for a new YA action/romance tale of anarchy, this is a good listen. Just don't expect anything new or surprising.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kr on 03-21-16

Formulaic, Couldn't Finish

It's not the worst book ever, but truly nothing memorable happens in this book. I wanted to like it a lot more-- there's magic and cool powers. But the plot was so predictable and the characters cartoonish. There was absolutely no subtlety in this novel. Nothing kept me wanting to read on. It's just your standard YA fare.

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