Blood Red Road, first installment from Moira Young’s Dustlands trilogy, filled with fierce and relentless action, a bit of mystery, and exhilarating twists and surprises plus heart-racing romance. I was sucked into the story before I know it!
Blood Red Road, is a gripping, unique and engaging story I’ve never read before. I’ve read quite some of dystopian novels before but this one is widely different. I felt strongly connected not only with the characters but with the engaging setting of this book as well. The brutality, fear and uncertainty of life are thick and palpable in this unpredictable story.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Publication Date: June 2, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
I think one of the things that make Blood Red Road stands out from other dystopian books was the writing style of the author. It was written in a very different yet interesting way. I’ll admit that at first I thought it was going to choke my enjoyment or grasp of the story because I struggled to understand some of it during the first few pages but I eventually got used to it.
In addition to the unpredictable plot, the characters are very well-written. I’ve never met a protagonist as enormously stubborn as Saba which I personally think helped her a lot considering how cruel the world she’s living in. But for the most part, I actually liked it about her. I honestly hesitated if she’s worth a protagonist during the first part of the story because, like I said, she’s so stubborn and she’s dependent and possessive to her twin brother, Lugh, and she’s relentlessly mean to her little sister, Emmi. But as the story goes by, she’s grown on me and the journey she’d been through transformed her into this smart, strong and independent girl with unwavering love and faith for those she truly cares about. Her development in the story was one of my favorite aspects of the story. I also enjoyed the supporting characters; the blending of their personality truly made the story much more enjoyable and extreme along with Saba. And I just want to add that I genuinely hate the villain in this story. He’s a madman, vicious and just oozing with evilness!
Blood Red Road is definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read. With its original and absorbing plot, raw and fearless characters, I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this book to all YA fiction junkies and hardcore dystopian readers. This book will take you to the next level!
I received this book free of charge from publisher, Scholastic UK, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review on this book.