Being born a red meant that you were born a sub-citizen, a lesser being than the elite silvers with all of their powers and riches. Mare Barrow knows who she is, and where she’s headed, well that is until a freak turn of events put her in front of the silver court, demonstrating a power equal to that of any red. Mare’s world quickly turns more dangerous than she could have imagined, and she had imagined plenty of dangers throughout her life. Knowing who to trust is the hardest lesson she will have to learn, and watching those she loves die around her only strengthens her resolve; the reds must win.
The story starts at a simple pace only to increase to an intense action-packed plot. It is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with a dystopian world where equality is a thing of the past. Mare is a strong character who gets knocked down countless times only to rise up once more, but she isn’t particularly introspective, and you only get a brief glimpse into the real workings of her mind. It reads like it should be a film (and it will be soon), and this is not a bad thing.
I’m giving the book a five-star rating, but if I was to choose something that I change about it then it would be to add a little more romantic detail on the love triangle with the princes. I guess I’ll just have to read the next book in the series.