Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Orion Books, 2015. ISBN 9781409151173
(Age: 15+) Highly Recommended. This is a world divided by blood - Red or Silver. The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, slaves, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. Mare Barrow, 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, her life is already set for her. She is going to be sent to war. Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace; in the midst of those she hates the most. Quickly, she discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a rare and deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. Power is a dangerous game, and Mare must learn to play.
This is a thrilling and breath-taking fantasy set in a dystopian world; an amazing read that had me hooked with the first chapter and I could not put the novel down, finishing it in one sitting. There was at no point in the novel that I felt lost or confused.
Victoria Aveyard created a storyline that was perfect and outstandingly captivating. Mare has had to grow up fast and had to re-learn a new way of living without losing herself in the process. This is one that I definitely recommend.