The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule 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.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre 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.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
My Thoughts: (watch out for minor spoilers)
I am a very huge fan of dystopian books. The moment I’ve heard about this one, I literally had to pick it up already. Probably the main reason why I loved this one for it is somewhat similar to the Shatter Me Series.
I am so engrossed with this book that each page got me so excited. I also love how the setting of the book was described. Everything was well explained and defined. The way Victoria Aveyard described the palace, the Stilts, Archeon and even the arena really played with my imagination when I tried picturing them out.
The characters were also the highlight of the book for me. I felt a really strong connection with them. I was also surprised with the fact that I didn’t even dislike the main character, Mare Barrow, for even once. She was very bright and mature, and doesn’t really have to go through the process of developing.
Cal and Maven are my favorites too. I was not exactly torn between them two for I was rooting for Maven (keyword: was). I got really attached to Maven that I wasn’t really looking forward for Cal-Mare scenes. But then, Victoria Aveyard had to ruin everything for me and I was completely devastated. I was bawling my eyes out when Maven betrayed Mare. I really love plot twists, but this one wrecked me. Sigh.
Another character that struck me was Julian Jacos. He is probably my third favorite on the book. He’s such a brilliant man and his ability is awesome. Being a Singer must be really cool.
The ending was very satisfying. The action that I’ve been expecting was there. Victoria ended it pretty well, almost too good for a first book.
Overall, I rated this book 4/5 stars. The concept of the book was really good and it was action-packed. I can’t wait to read its sequel!!
Bonus! Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“As beautiful as this world is, it’s just as dangerous. People are not useful, people make mistakes, they can be removed. You can be removed.”
“Anyone can betray anyone.”
“He will always choose you.”
“I’m the shadow of the flame.”
“I—I loved you. I trusted you. I needed you. And now I’m going to die for it.”
“I told you to hide your heart once. You should have listened.”
“The truth is what i make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
“Rise, red as the dawn.”