Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road
by Moira Young
Dustlands, book one

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. (description from

Are you feeling depressed and deprived after finishing The Hunger Games trilogy?  Looking for another phenomenal read with a strong female protagonist? Look no further.  It's here.

I loved Saba's voice. Very much like Katniss, she's tough, even as she has no desire to be... she does everything for the benefit of her twin and only comes later to realize how much her journey has shaped her into her own strong, independent person.  She can come across as callous at times, but really cannot help but help the others around her. 

I loved the written style of this book. It reads like a movie.  The prose is sparse and thus, even more compelling.  The author purposely refrains from using quotation marks around the speech, indicating yet a further breakdown of society, but also forcing the reader to truly read every word on the page.  

The world is well-built, with realistic issues, and a cool futuristic cowboy vibe.  I cannot wait to dive in again in book two!! Rebel Heart should be coming out this October.

Full disclosure: Book won from Coffee & Cliffhangers - THANK YOU!!!!!

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