Summary (from Goodreads):
“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?”
First a warning: this book is going to absolutely dominate all your time until you finish it. And once you do finish it, you will be desperate for the sequel.
I loved this book immediately. The world and its class system (the Silvers are upperclass; the Reds are…well, I guess we can say somewhere around the level of serfs. There’s no real middleground because even the lowliest Silver is worlds above the Reds and there are no Red subclasses) was fascinating to me.
And of course I love Mare. I hate that so much of what happens is not within her control (as a Red, her entire life is basically her being a pawn for other people) but how she is determined to do what she can to make her family’s life better.
I can’t discuss too much more about the book because of spoilers, but suffice it to say that if you haven’t read this book yet, you need to.