by Moria Young
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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.
Blood Red Road is the first book in the Dustland series by Debut Author Moira Young. Of all the books I read so far, Blood Red Road is definitely the most interesting read yet. I haven’t read very many books of the dystopian genre, but this book makes me want to read more.
First of all, I have to say that Saba, the main character, is kick ass! I totally didn’t expect her to be such a strong character from what I read of her in the beginning of the book. But she was. I can’t imagine going through what this girl went through, and survived. She was a very well written character, and I really liked her. Her sister, Emmi, was annoying, but the girl was as strong a character as her big sister. Jack, the male protagonist, is the perfect match for Saba. All of the characters in this book were really interesting and drew me in, even the bad guys. I love the FreeHawks!
The writing style definitely threw me off, and it did take a bit longer for me to get through the book because of it. The plot, however, was really fascinating and the book was well paced. (The first half the book did seem to go by a little faster than the second half.) The world that the author created was really believable. I could totally see something like that happening in the future. The book also had a little romance thrown in to make the book even more believable, and it was just the right amount, not too much.
Overall, while this book was hard for me to read because of the language, it was a really good read. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster’s Galley Grab for sending out the e-ARC for this book!