OverviewSet in an imaginary kingdom, this novel presents a society divided by blood color—commoners have red blood, while those with silver blood form an elite class with supernatural abilities. Mare, a member of the red-blooded class, is one day noticed by the king for her special powers and absorbed into the life of the court. However, what they don't know is that she's an agent for the Scarlet Guard, who is in the midst of preparing a rebellion.
Reviews"A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It's exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable." —USA Today, on the English-language edition
"Aveyard weaves a compelling new world of action-packed surprises... inventive, character-driven." —Kirkus, on the English-language edition
"A volatile world with a dynamic heroine." — Booklist, on the English-language edition
"Breakneck pace and engaging characters." — School Library Journal, on the English-language edition
" [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, on the English-language edition
"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), on the English-language edition
Author BiographyVictoria Aveyard studied directing at the University of Southern California. After her first novel, La reina roja, received high praise from reviewers, she decided to dedicate herself professionally to writing.