Review & Contest: BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young

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.
Thanks, Amber!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

33 thoughts on “Review & Contest: BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young

  1. I’ve heard good things about this book but unfortunately my library doesn’t have it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  2. I don’t see how you can ever get tired of these. All that I have read are so different from each other. Love it!

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    (Reading Burn Dow the Sky right now and it’s so good)!

  3. Been wanting to read Blood Red Road ever since I heard of it! thanks for the chance to win it.

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  4. Dystopia or no, at the end of the day a great story is still a great story. I can’t say I’m tired of it because I haven’t read enough of it. I always try to vary my genres which really helps in keeping stories fresh.

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  5. I’ve only been reading Dystotopian since last year, so I am still really loving the genre and am searching for more the whole time!!!

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  6. Still a dystopian fan! I think the only thing I’ve really read so far is the Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve got tons of other books on my TBR that I want to read. I did just get Divergent, and I can’t wait to read it.

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  7. Love the death and destruction plus angst! Bring on the dystopian fest. This book sounds awesome. I cannot wait to read this one.

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  8. This book looks fabulous. I love this rise of the dystopian genre. It brings these great elements into books: destruction, failed societies, the will to survive/or break free from society.
    More more more I tell you! Line a bookcase on just dystopian. The husband may not like that last one 😉
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  9. I’m a dystopian fan because of hunger games and crossed by ally condon. I had no idea what genre I was reading but I enjoy reading them. Wither and divergent are my new favorites, and enclave was okay. I get all 4 points and my twitter name is Tru_breezy email

  10. I am woefully behind on my dystopian books. So, needless to say, I’m not even close to being tired of them!

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  11. Still a dystopian fan, but I definitely intersperse with lighter fare. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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  12. I’ve gotten picky about dystopian fiction, but I still love the gritty feel of it. This one looks really great!

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  13. I’ve just started reading more dystopian like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which I am thoroughly enjoying.

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