Mare is a lowly Red servant, right up until the point that she meets a prince. Then she finds herself thrown into the world of the Silvers with her in the middle of a battle that seems to have been going for a long time, despite Mare only just waking up to the fact that she is going to have to be more proactive about making the Silver’s pay for the Red’s miserable lives.
Whiplash! The ending took me completely by surprise. Phew! My head may have literally flipped backwards. I couldn’t believe it. I just had to keep reading, but in fact, it was in a course of a couple of pages that the whole thing ended up on its head.
He he, Mare is weaker than her makeup. Other reviewers found that odd or poorly written, I actually got a little giggle out of it. Her being obsessed with her weakness? Well, she’s a girl isn’t she? I actually found where she wasn’t sure about how to kill people or care about them quite endearing. It’s perfectly ok to have characters who change their minds about major things like MURDER.
It hardly seems worth it to review this novel, GoodReads has over 20k reviews. However, I’m going to anyway, just for my own records. I picked this novel up for free from #YAmatters, a Victorian State Library event last year that talked about 2016’s novels to come.
I was going to give this 4 stars, but man this is a polarising novel! People seem to love or hate it, depending on what other novels they have read. Reading their reviews has highlighted to me a couple of other novels I might enjoy. As it is, I haven’t read those, so I thought this novel was good.