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I liked Mare and the premise of this book - girl with no prospects becomes someone.
But, the Hunger Games vibe was incredibly strong - a little too strong in the beginning.
Mare is from the Stilts and she is a Red- meaning her red blood puts her in the serving class held down by the Silvers, the ruling class. She has a deep commitment to Kilorn, an orphan from Stilts and is committed to his welfare. And she is falling in love with two brothers who also happen to be princes- Cal and Maven. But the part that sent me a bit over the edge - she is an unwitting revolutionary- often operating without really knowing the bigger picture. Sound a little like Katniss?
The undercurrent of this book is making yourself someone when you have NO chances to be someone. That is an appealing theme! And one that many girls will identify with. There is also violence - swords and war - which would appeal to boys.
My overall feeling - it's an intriguing, fast read. And I want to pick up the next book.