Mare, no not like a horse, but like an impoverished teen living in a caste society, faces a bleak future with her life already mapped out: to go fight in a war when she turns 18. In doing so she follows her brothers into a never-ending war. The Reds are the poor who must do as the Silvers command.
Her world soon turns upside down when her family loses some financial security, her best friend loses his apprenticeship and faces going to war, and she meets a kind stranger who gets her a job in the Palace. Soon Mare discovers more about a rebellion as well as a power she didn’t know she had. Secret powers a’la The Young Elites . The King and Queen are shocked and angered that a Red has powers, which they believed only Silvers were given – being the superior and more prestigious people. They cannot lock up Mare or kill her as there were too many witnesses who saw “little lightening girl” and Mare ‘s ability to control electricity. Instead, they create a new backstory for her and engage her to their younger son Mason.
Mare begins living the lie knowing one mistake will be her death. Living among her enemies, she finds a few friends who do not trust the King and Queen or the decades long war the Silvers force the Reds to fight. As a rebellion begins, Mare understands more of her power, and friends and foes take on new roles, she must decide how far she is willing to go for the good of her people or her own safety.
This has the personal drama of Game of Thrones (with less of the political storylines, and adult content of course) and is more dark than The Selection, but fans of both would enjoy this for some of the wicked characters.
Sequel: Glass Sword (and she is working on a third)