dystopia, young adult, fantasy
X-Men meets Hunger Games is the best way to describe this book, I think. This is a debut novel, first in a YA series by Victoria Aveyard. Our protagonist, Mare, is a Red, a second-class citizen with red blood and no special powers. The ruling class is made up of Silvers whose blood runs silver and who are able to manipulate water, fire, metal, control other’s minds, and become invisible.
There is a generational war being waged by the Silvers, being fought mostly by Reds. Mare’s brothers have all gone to the war and she lives with her sister and parents in The Stilts, a poor Red village. While her sister has honest work as a seamstress, Mare spends her days pick-pocketing in the streets… until she is thrust into the world of the Silvers and discovers that, even though her blood runs red, she has somehow developed her own powers.
She must navigate through this new society parading as one of their own while she figures out the source of this power and what it means. Her Red allegiance gets her involved in a rebel group that she tries to assist through her new position. Tables are turned… a number of times… and she might have gotten in over her head. How can she save her friends and family back in The Stilts? How did she come to have these powers and are there others like her? Can she secretly take down the Silver regime from the inside?
I found this book enjoyable though not overly engaging. Honestly, I don’t see myself reading past the first book in this series. The writing is pretty predictable. This is very much your standard YA dystopia about a girl who ruffles feathers and meanwhile there is a romantic triangle. There is some interesting commentary about terrorism vs rebellion that I appreciated, though.
All that said, I am glad I got to know it so that I could recommend it to others who are looking for what to read post Hunger Games and Divergent.