Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen
Red Queen, book 1
by Victoria Aveyard

Those with Silver blood have power, those with Red blood serve them. Until it’s discovered that Mare, a Red, has powers too.

I really liked Mare as our main character. She’s driven by her need to survive as a poor member of the working class, but more so by her love for her family and friends. She becomes our unwilling hero when she realizes, rather publicly, that she has powers, something that is supposed to be impossible because of the color of her blood.

She then has to keep who she really is a secret from the Silvers around her, and where she’s been a secret from her family. But, of course, she’s not the only one with secrets. There’s a rebellion group, political betrayal, lies and deception. Just like Mare, not everyone is who they appear to be. Although this doesn’t do anything groundbreaking in the familiar territory of YA dystopian fantasies, the incorporation of magic into the way social classes are divided paired with all the political subterfuge made this a good read.

I’d recommend this if you want a YA dystopian with magic, politics, and rebellion.