Summary: Mare's blood is red, the color of the commoner. The elite in her world have silver blood and special abilities. They rule the world with an irSummary: Mare's blood is red, the color of the commoner. The elite in her world have silver blood and special abilities. They rule the world with an iron fist; using the reds for manual labor and foot soldiers in their army. When Mare is given a job at the palace she unknowingly and quite publicly reveals that she has a special ability to control electricity making her more than a red, but less than a silver. To hide the fact that reds now have this power, the silver king claims her as a lost daughter of a silver house and engages her to marry his younger son. She is to be a pawn that will keep the red rebels in line and cement his authority. No one can be trusted in the viper's nest of the palace and any wrong moves could result in death.
Review: I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book at first. Yes, on the surface it has the dystopian qualities I like and humans with superpowers--yeah, I like that too, but to be hones the summaries and descriptions just weren't selling it to me. Thank goodness my friends did.
After a bit of a slow start, I really started to enjoy this book. I did find some of the later events in the book to be more than a little bit predictable--especially after Mare continuously ignores all the warning signs. Still the book was engaging. You want to root for the reds and see how Mare tries to make the world a better place. She continues to see the pain of her people despite becoming the pampered princess the Queen and King want to make her.
I love the idea of humans with superpowers and some of my favorite parts were when the characters got to use them. I loved seeing what Mare could do with electricity and actually wanted more.
Audiobook Review: I purchased the audiobook from Audible. It is narrated by Amanda Dolan who does an amazing job with the book's narration. The audiobook is 12 hours and 40 minutes long and is produced by Harper Audio. It is a very well done production and a great book to listen to on audio.
Overall: This was a fun book and one that I really enjoyed reading. I can't wait to read the sequel Glass Sword which is due out in February 2016.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
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