BLOOD RED ROAD
by Moira Young
Publication Date: January 2012 (Pbk)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages/Format: 459; Paperback, Hardcover, e-book
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 four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba's world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetic writing style, and an epic love story—making Moira Young is one of the most exciting new voices in teen fiction.
Blood Red Road is a fabulous piece of dystopian fiction. Moira Young's first novel is packed with action and adventure; there's no slowing down once young Saba sets off on her journey! Saba's twin brother is kidnapped and in order to get him back she'll have to cross the dessert, protect her little sister Emmi, and most importantly, survive. There are so many obvious reasons to pick up this novel: it's dystopian, it's original, and most of all, it's intriguing. Young's writing style is fluid and the narration flows evenly, even though the characters have a peculiar way of speaking. The way the characters express themselves is so real and humorous that you'll find yourself feeling as part of the conversation or action.
The suspense of Blood Red Road is subtle, but there are little movements, looks between characters or phrases, that gives you the feeling that there's more to the story than Young is giving. Saba's world is set in the future where cities lie abandoned and technology is but a novelty from the time of the Wreckers. It's revealed that people are ruled by a ruthless king who has the monopoly on a highly addictive drug and the world is incredibly dangerous. Saba's task is daunting, but her strength and stubbornness leads one to believe that she can handle anything.
Saba is a female protagonist readers love to root for. She's fiercely independent, not always right, but you love to watch her grow into a better person. Saba's journey is physical and emotional and it takes the people she meets along that journey to help her through it all. Dust Lands is a series worth continuing because there's so much more to discover and Saba surely has an exciting future.
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