Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Book rating: 04 Hardback Dust Lands Trilogy (Hardcover)

By (author) Moira Young

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 459 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 46mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1442429984
  • ISBN 13: 9781442429987
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 104,903

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Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization. "Blood Red Road" has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

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By Dorian 02 May 2012 5

This is one of those books where you either hate it, or you love it. I was anticipating for this book to be alright, but what I didn't expect was to love it as much as I did.

Reasons to Read:

1. Saba
Saba is actually a really interesting person to read about. She's rude, callous, and incredibly strong. Usually, people like that tend to turn me off. But for Saba, it really worked. While I said that she was fairly insensitive, I could really tell just how much she loved Lugh. From page one, he is mentioned in only the highest regards. When he was taken, I felt her pain. I could tell that the amount that because she loved Lugh so much, losing him was making her go mad. Maybe it was just me, but I when I was reading some times, she really seemed to be losing her grip on her sanity. She's completely disinterested in helping anybody else but herself, but I found that I couldn't help but like her. I mean, she had every single reason to be as hard and bitter as she was. She was a completely realistic character that I thoroughly enjoyed.

2. The Post-Apocalyptic World

The world that Saba and all the other characters live in I found to be thoroughly enjoyable. After the apocalypse happens, the world is basically one big wasteland. Unlike some other novels set in the future, there wasn't really any amazing technology. Some things were different, such as a sand-surfing ship, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I really liked the way that it was explained, too. The world is really, really messed up, which I found to be a cool take. You can't really trust anyone in this world, and nobody has a reason to trust you. Everyone in this world wants something, and is working purely for themselves.

3. The Adventure

If you couldn't tell from the title, Blood Red Road, this novel's main focus is Saba's journey to find her brother Lugh. While there were some delays in this journey, I thought that it was thoroughly enjoyable. There are a full range of characters out, all with unique personalities. Aside from that, the action was awesome! There were tons of battles, and fights, and chase scenes that I found to be exhilerating. I was excited, scared, and just plain frustrated throughout the entire adventure. The adventure was thoroughly enjoyable.

4. The Language

This is probably the most controversial part of the book. Saba has a very thick southern-style accent, and the book is written that way. While I found it disorienting at first, I got used to it by the end of the novel. I actually really liked it, and thought it fit in really well to the story. If you don't mind reading a little bit of broken English, then I don't think that you will mind to much.

Although I did love this book, the one thing that I didn't like was how there were no quotation marks around the characters' dialogues. This was a bit disorienting at times, when I thought Saba would be saying something, but it would actually just be in her thoughts. Overall though, I think that this book was really well done and exceeded by expectations.

By Julie Smith 22 Jun 2011 3

In a world decimated by .. we don't really find out in this first in series book ... where inhabitants are reduced to walking and horseback (and some to ships with wheels), and most others are addicted to chaal (an apparent drug you chew that slows you down), Saba is an 18-year-old whose adored twin brother Lugh has been taken by mounted men (the Tonton) who killed her father and left her and her 9-year-old sister Emmi orphaned and alone.

Saba is determined to rescue Lugh, and even though she's never traveled to a city, she leaves Emmi with a woman named Mercy who was her mother's friend and sets off across the desert of Sandsea to find him.

Told in the first-person dialect of Saba, a pretty kick-butt heroine, it may take a while to get into the flow of this novel, but once the reader's mind has adjusted itself, it does flow much more smoothly. Saba is not perfect; she has a deep resentment of her little sister that stems from her mother dying in childbirth. Despite this, the reader will find themselves cheering her on and hoping that she escapes from the predicaments she finds herself in during her quest. There's cruelty, madness, romance, and danger, but there's also a great sense of awakening and growth.

The film rights for this debut novel have already been optioned (yes, pre-release), and I can picture it in my mind's eye. Hunger Games fans - I have seen reviews comparing this to Hunger Games - it's good, but definitely not Hunger Games caliber, in my opinion. The fast-flipping, heart-pounding, "oh, my gosh! I hope Katniss will be alright - I wish none of the kids had to die" feeling I got from Hunger Games was definitely not present for me here. That is not meant to take away from THIS novel; I just think the comparison is unrealistic. While I WAS interested in what happened to Saba, a deep connection didn't surface; I actually found myself invested in some of the secondary characters, however. Unlike many first-in-series, this one ends on a good note - no cliffhanger, etc. - but leaves room for more story to be told.

QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy):

Lugh shines like the sun.
That must of made it easy fer them to find him.
All they had to do was follow his light.

Book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review quote

""Blood Red Road" is an eerie and adventurous dystopian fantasy on par with Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" and Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker.""--"LA Times"