Mare Barrow has red blood and is a commoner. Those with silver blood are the elite; they each have some sort of superpower, and they use their powers to rule over the red blooded common people and keep them in line. Then it's discovered that Mare, although red-blooded, also has a superpower. The Silvers want to keep her secret and avoid revolution. Mare is trapped between a new Silver life and loyalty to her Red family.
Have you read The Hunger Games? Then you've read this book, from the "girl with special powers who alone can save the poor people from the rich people" to the typical love triangle. It's not a new story. It's not a bad story, especially for those who love dystopian literature, but don't expect anything new, because it's not new.
For me, this book was saved by the narrator. The narration on the audiobook is awesome, and I continued to listen to it on my commute because of the narrator, not the story. If you have a long commute and enjoy dystopian YA lit, I'd recommend this one. Otherwise, I'd pass.
Recommended for: teens, fans of dystopian lit
Red Flags: violence
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars
Read-Alikes: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, The Selection