Today I recommend: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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.

This book was the 2017 Abraham Lincoln Award winner! It has an interesting take on the dystopian genre with the addition of superhuman powers, and has a strong female protagonist who reminded me a lot of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. The sequels Glass Sword and King’s Cage have already been published so you don’t have to wait once you get to the cliffhanger ending!

For readers who loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Young Elites by Marie Lu, I highly recommend this book!

~aw

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