About the Book
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Educator and Librarian Resources
“A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable.” —USA Today
“Aveyard weaves a compelling new world of action-packed surprises... inventive, character-driven.” —Kirkus
“A volatile world with a dynamic heroine.” —Booklist
“Breakneck pace and engaging characters.” —School Library Journal
“ [Aveyard] sets her audience up for a gaspworthy twist that reconfigures nearly every character’s role and leaves Mare with no one to trust but herself... This blend of fantasy and dystopia will be an unexpected and worthy addition to many genre fans’ reading list.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
- ISBN: 9780062310637
- ISBN 10: 0062310631
- Imprint: HarperTeen
- On Sale: 02/10/2015
- Pages: 400
- List Price: 21.99 CAD
- BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General
- BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
- BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Royalty