There are a lot of new dystopias coming out lately–good thing we like them, right? Read on for guest reviewer Amber Keller’s take on Blood Red Road, a recent YA dystopia by by debut author Moira Young. And, of course, check out the contest at the end of the post!
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.
AMBER’S REVIEW: Blood Red Road wasn’t the kind of book that I normally pick up, but in this case I’m glad I did. As a new author, Moira Young brings a unique style of writing to the table. Set in a dystopian world, she gives us wonderful descriptions that convey the bleak nature of the society and landscape. Her style of writing was a little slow-going for me, because it’s written in the same language that the characters speak, which has a very relaxed feel. It’s not a bad thing; it just made it a little tough to grasp. Her style was successful in making me delve deeper into the story and feel like I was right there.
The main character, Saba, is a stubborn, loyal, and strong young lady. I rooted for her and her plight to find her brother from the beginning, and when she struggled, I felt her frustration and pain. She was lovable yet at times I wanted to yell at her to stop being so darn stubborn!
There were many things happening and the book was very high-paced. It kept me interested and wanting to see what was next. The action scenes did not let me down. I also liked the references to reading the stars. It was a nice detachment from the harshness of the character’s reality.
I will be recommending this book, even if this isn’t my usual genre. A very interesting and satisfying read, indeed.
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