Review: BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) 
Moira Young
459 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Source: eARC from GalleyGrab
Rating:  LOVED

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

If you were to ask me to summarize Blood Red Road in one sentence, I’ll probably just say: Blood Red Road was one heck of a ride. Though I felt like punching Saba in the nose half the time, I wouldn’t take back the time I spent reading this 500+ page debut.

The concept of Blood Red Road is simple: The girl’s brother is kidnapped. The girl sets out to save her brother. What happens along the way is what makes Moira Young’s novel all that it is.

So what is Blood Red Road all about? A lot. Fire, horse-back riding, cage fighting, desert trekking, and a whole lot more. Looking at the list, you would wonder how all that can be incorporated into one book. But trust me, Moira Young did it. And though I disliked Saba a good portion of the time, I could easily see myself in her shoes, being the older sister to three siblings. It’s like Emmi, times three!

Saba and her twin brother are inseperable. Her younger sister, scrawny, little Emmi is Saba’s nightmare. They pretty much hate each other. Giving birth to Emmi was what caused their mother’s death. So when Lugh is kidnapped, Saba wishes it was Emmi and not her twin. And Saba is going to get him back.

Being a dystopian, you would expect Blood Red Road to be one of those future-esque, gadget-filled world. Instead, Moira Young takes us to the future that’s not much different than our past. It’s a world where horses are used for transportation, language is funny, and houses are built with whatever scrap a person can find. But the setting isn’t all that makes Blood Red Road what it is. The characters, setting, the twisting plot, and the nonstop action make Moira Young’s first book and unbelievable must read.

I don’t want to ruin anything for you, but there shouldn’t be any reason for you to NOT pick this book up. Its that good. Really.

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    Tribute Books Mama

    June 9, 2011

    Great review, makes me wanting more. Thanks!

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    June 9, 2011

    I know, I have to get past the dialect writing. Everyone says it is a fabulous read. I will do it, I promise!

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    June 9, 2011

    I can't wait to read this one! I like the idea of the future world being something from our past. Well, not that I would want it to happen, but it almost seems more probable than a world with floating cars and holographic teachers.

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    Julia :)

    June 11, 2011

    I've heard GREAT things about this one! Hmmmm interesting that you found Saba so ehhh most of the time. I wonder if I'll end up liking her. I guess we'll see! Great review. :)

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    June 16, 2011

    Great review. I have heard so many good things about this one. I will have to read it very soon to see for myself if it is as good as everyone is saying it is. =)

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    August 7, 2011

    I loved this book so so much and I'm glad you did too! I can't wait for the next book!

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    December 1, 2011

    I've seen the cover a few times but I hadn't heard what it was about. It sounds really interesting. I like how instead of futuristic this book goes back and resembles the past. Thanks for the review! I'll have to read this one.

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    December 2, 2011

    I thought this book was really unique. The writing style took some getting used to, but definitely worth it. Really enjoyed this one.

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    January 26, 2012

    Great review! Ive just recently heard about this one and I cant wait to read it!

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    Lovey Dovey Books

    January 26, 2012

    Awesome review! I almost didn't read Blood Red Road but I'm so, so glad I did. The language is definitely what stands out the most for me, but it didn't stop me from reading and loving the book.

    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

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    Bonnie Regan

    April 10, 2012

    This one was so much fun, I loved it as well. I can't wait for the next installment!!