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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except … her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart—and the only certainty is betrayal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action packed. Unputdownable.”

    USA Today

  • “Breakneck pace and engaging characters…A solid debut from Aveyard and a welcome addition to the plethora of speculative teen lit.”

    School Library Journal

  • “First-time author Aveyard has created a volatile world with a dynamic heroine, and while there are moments of romance, they refreshingly take a backseat to the action.”

    Booklist

  • “[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.”

    VOYA

  • “Aveyard weaves a compelling new world, and Mare and the two men in her life evolve intriguingly as class tension rises. Revolution supersedes romance, setting the stage for action-packed surprises. An inventive, character-driven twist breathes new life into tired fantasy trends.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Amanda Dolan uses strong, modulated tones to convey Mare’s long-held disdain of the Silvers, who use their powers to subjugate the Reds…Dolan narrates significant secondary characters with varied inflections, leading listeners to specific conclusions—until a shocking betrayal leaves Mare confronting the unknown. Listeners will breathlessly anticipate a sequel.”

    AudioFile

  • “A wonderful mash up of ancient Rome and Marie Antoinette with a dash of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, not to mention some of Marvel Comic’s box of tricks…Exciting and original.”

    Sam Hawksmoor, author of the Repossession Trilogy

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Young Adults
  • A 2016 Top Ten YALSA Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
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