Blood Red Road

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Listen up since you may never hear these words from me again about any other book:  I am not surprised in the least that this book is getting such buzz, nor that rights to the film have already been acquired by Ridley Scott.  You want to know why  Because this book has everything that will keep anyone, whether a reader or movie-goer, hooked: action, suspense, drama, unpredictability, emotion, romance, and great characterization.

Unlike other dystopian YA novels, Blood Red Road isn't focused on issues that lead to rebellion and upheaval.  You know what it is  An adventure, plain and simple.  It's not seeking to teach but to engross and entertain -- and, for me, I was so thoroughly engrossed and entertained by this story that I really became invested in it over the course of almost 500 pages.

Truthfully,  Blood Red Road brought with it much of the amazement and horror that books such as Wolf Tower, Poison Study, and The Hunger Games had brought me in the past.  The world-building is not the main focus here; the characters and their emotions are in the spotlight while the adventure of the story acts as the plot.

And what an adventure it is.  Dystopian, as I felt with Veronica Roth's Divergent, gives too many false impressions and preconceived notions to readers about this book.  Rather, the term dystopian fantasy fits Blood Red Road just right since the world of the story is much easier to imagine in fantasy terms than realistic ones.  It's a fantastical adventure that, though lacking magic and swords, still manages to thrill and amaze.

The heroine, Saba, honestly takes a bit of time to warm up towards. . .but she is loyal, brave, and gutsy.  She comes from a long line of heroines like Katniss from The Hunger Games and Katsa from Graceling who are flawed yet powerful, emotionally stunted in some respects but passionate when it comes to the well-beings of family, friends, and other loved ones.  Such heroines come to mean more to me than most other YA heroines, especially those who fall hard and fast (and oftentimes irrationally) for the love interests and who can't take care of themselves whatsoever without falling into angst or damsel-in-distress mode.

Don't let me fool you into thinking that this novel is the Saba Show; yes, it's her story but that doesn't mean she's always the center of everything.  Honestly, I loved all the characters and every little piece and tidbit about them.   Jack, the love interest, didn't coddle Saba but tried to lead her to changing for the better even though she railed against him again and again.  Emmi, for being a little sister character, was not a whiny little brat; instead, she was a hard-working and loyal girl, a smaller version of Saba, just much more innocent and child-like.

The dialect in the narrative may turn off some readers, just as the lack of dialogue tags and overt descriptions might, but I found all of it to be marks of this book's refreshing qualities compared to other YA dystopians focused on love and rebellion.  No, this book won't wow everyone, but those who value adventure in their stories may come out of this book with more praise than criticism.

I really look forward to what happens in the sequels; I suspect that Moira Young will keep surprising and amazing me in equal doses.  June 7th can't come early enough for me to own my own copy of this book!


( Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian)
Narrated by: Heather Lind

This is book 1 of Dust Lands series

A girl goes on an epic journey through a bleak landscape in the first book of this post-Apocalyptic trilogy.

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 a 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 is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. 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 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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