Blood Red Road by Moira Young
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Series: Dustlands #1
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
First Edition Published: June 7, 2011
Source: School Library
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It has already been 3 days after I read the book and words still fail me. I usually type up a review, at the most, 1 day after I finish the book, but man... WOW. Blood Red Road was just truly amazing, and like it says on the cover, "Better than The Hunger Games... this book will blow you away." Blood Red Road was an adventure that I'll never forget.
If you haven't heard about it yet, then I'll tell you right here. Blood Red Road is written in, what I think, is a very unique style! Moira Young wrote in, what I thought, a southern accent that I really liked! This writing style will either put people off or hook them in, for me, it was the former. At first, it was a bit difficult, but I got used to it and I just blew through the book. I feel that the writing style was actually kind of essential in establishing the setting of the whole story.
I haven't read many dystopians, but I this one is one of the best that I've read. We don't know how the world became the way it was, but I really didn't mind. The whole setting was very intriguing - desert, dried up lakes, mountains, forests, crumbling towns.
Although a few things in the book were quite predictable, the plot was very well paced and I loved the action and also hints of mystery. Suspense in the right places, romance in others, it was all laid out so nicely and flowed flawlessly. Everything was just timed perfectly!
The main character, Saba, was a great heroine. She loves her brother but despises her sister, who her mother died giving birth to. At times, I felt that Saba was very cruel to the people she was travelling with, but it's hard for her. She lost the person that mattered most to her, and then lost another family member as well, so I could sort of understand why she was so snappy at times. Her love for her brother wasn't something that we could explore in depth because Lugh, her brother, was kidnapped pretty quickly into the book. However, her determination to find and save him was clear and I love that about her; she didn't let anything or anyone get into her way.
As I mentioned before, Saba despised her sister, and throughout the book, I liked seeing their relationship develop. On the topic of relationships, yes there is romance in here. And I was absolutely delighted to find that it wasn't another case of insta-love. Their relationship actually developed and it was completely believable. They went through their ups and downs, fought, and I've got to say, I loved it! It's nice to see a romance in a book that was actually believable.
All around, Saba was a character that I fell in love with because of her strong, hard core, and also watching her become a completely different person hooked me in even more! I can't wait to read Rebel Heart and find out what adventure Saba will go on next!
"Don't say that, he says. Don't ever say that. You are somethin, Saba. Somethin good an strong an true. With him [Saba's kidnapped brother] or without him"