Red Queen, Victoria Averyard

This is a great book about class struggle, rebellion and what one will do for the survival of their family and themselves. The world is divided into two classes; the aristocratic Silvers, blessed with special abilities and the lower class Reds who serve the Silvers. The Reds are dirt poor and are treated as second-class citizens, even being used as cannon fodder in the war between the kingdoms.

Everything changes for Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red, who suddenly possesses the powers of a Silver. She displays a rare ability to control and manipulate electricity which places her in the sights of the Royal family. Due to her public display of power, the Royals must declare her a long lost Silver princess and betroth her to the second in line prince. They use her as their puppet to quell the tides of a Red uprising whilst hiding the true identity of her blood.

However, Mare has plans of her own; provide her family with a better life, survive the Silver’s plans for her and secretly aid her people in the rebellion. But not everything goes to plan as Mare develops feelings for both princes.

This book is action-packed and filled with suspense, intrigue and unexpected plot twists. Great character development, especially with Mare and the two princes. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I give it 5/5


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