Blood Red Road by Moira Young

31 Oct

ImageTitle: Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Published: June 2011

Pages: 459

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.

My Rating: 2.5 stars

My Thoughts:

Ehh, this wasn’t as good as I expected, but it was still an entertaining read…I guess.

Saba lives in a post apocalyptic world with her beloved twin brother Lugh, her sister Emmi, and her father. When her brother gets taken, Saba goes looking for him and has to travel across barren wastelands and face people that have completely thrown morals out the window. Along the way she meets the rough and rebellious Jack who ends up helping her even though the two do not get along. At all.

What I didn’t like about this book was Saba. Don’t get me wrong she was a total bad*** but also kind of a jerk. She just got really annoying. She constantly blamed Emmi for everything even though she is a nine-year-old kid and every other sentence or thought that came out of her head was about Lugh! I didn’t really care all that much about him or feel any connection to him so the whole time I was just thinking “what’s so great about this guy?!” So yea…that got annoying fast.

Now Jack, I loved Jack, but the romance between him and Saba was…blah. You have to understand, one of the main things I look for in a book, is a good romance, but this one wasn’t really that exciting and was kind of like pulling teeth. There was a whole lot of build up with their constant fighting and bickering but then when they finally got together I was kind of bored of them by that point.

I did love the writing style in this book! It was quite unique and it made the story more real and believable. It was hard to understand at times but overall it helped with the character development. Another thing I loved was that the book was fast moving and was also quite action-packed. I definitely wasn’t bored throughout the story, just annoyed with the characters.

If you want an action-packed read but not a whole lot of romance, and if you can get past a really annoying main character then this book is for you!

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