I didn’t go into this book with any expectations and I’m kind of glad I didn’t. For me, this book had a slow start – I wasn’t sure what the premise was going to be until quite a few chapters in. However, the action definitely progressed in the second half of the book, so it kept me reading.
I like the overall story of the book, the idea of gods no longer being kind – that with their superior powers and abilities they’re able to rule over the “red” class. I also liked that the protagonist, Mare, wasn’t aware of her abilities until required at a crucial moment. Mare’s struggle with being both red and silver, the relationships she is forced into, and the actions/decisions she’s required to make while living with that distinction are really well written. In fact, all through the first book of this series I had no clue what her final outcome would be.
I’m kinda bummed that (spoiler alert) Maven turns out to be an evil dirt bag – I was totally on his team for a bit, just because it didn’t seem like such a cliche. And then…BAM – evil guy. I think you kind of had to see that coming, but it was hidden quite well.
I will definitely be checking out the second book of this series, and the third book, I believe, was just released.
Overall, I thought the story telling was well done. It’s an easy read for sure, but entertaining none the less. If you liked The Hunger Games, I think you could get behind this series as there are definitely some overlaps in tone and plot. Particularly the idea of being used as a pawn for the ruling class to maintain their power.
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