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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)
by Moira Young

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication: August 1st 2011
Format: Paperback, 459 pages
Author: Twitter, Facebook
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 tell a story of Saba who have been living in Silverlake with her family—Lugh, her twin brother, Emmi, her younger sister and their father. It all changed when a monster sandstorm arrives along with four horsemen. Her brother, Lugh, was captured and her father died. Saba went on a journey with Emmi and vowed to go after Lugh to get him back.

The truth is, I was afraid to read Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed what with the book been compared to The Hunger Games. It was hard to get into Blood Red Road at first with the dialect I’m not really familiar with. But after a while, I was hooked. I love the pace of the story. There were some slow, and some exciting moments. There were moments that make me laugh, smile, frustrated and thrilled to know what will happen to Saba next.

I loved Saba. She’s one of the strong female lead. She had a terrible temper and didn’t care about others other than Lugh. She wasn’t perfect.  I had fun watching her transformation—how she grew up and changed after her meetings with the gang of girls who called the Free Hawks and the handsome Jack. Saba slowly warmed up to others and developed her relationship with Emmi, Jack and her new friends. Most of all, I enjoyed her interaction with Jack and how her relationship with Emmi improved.

I didn’t expect that I would really enjoy this book! Blood Red Road was filled with action, suspense, drama, and a little bit of romance. I enjoyed Saba and her friend’s adventure. I am looking forward to see what will happen to Saba in the sequel.

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

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