Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Blood Red Road (Moira Young)

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.

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Published June 7th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Audio

Moira Young has been by turns an actress, dancer, and opera singer, but her first loves are books and writing. A native Canadian, she now lives in the UK with her husband. Blood Red Road is her first novel.

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I first purchased Blood Red Road as a paperback. I had heard SO many rave reviews about this book so I could not wait to dig in. I started the book and almost immediately realized that I was having trouble with the "slang" talk. The best way to describe the writing and the talk was very very very country. I tried and tried but couldn't enjoy it because I couldn't say the words as I felt like the author wanted to portray them. 

So I put away the paperback and downloaded the Audio version of the book. I had never heard of the narrator (Heather Lind) but as soon as I turned on the audio I was blown away. Heather read and portrays the words exactly like they are supposed to be said. I was able to fully grasp the character and really indulge in the story. 

Needless to say I IMMEDIATELY loved all the characters. I cant even say for sure that I have a favorite one because they are all fantastic. Each character has their own specific reason for being in the story and are all written in perfect description. I loved the "twin" connection between Saba and Lugh.  I loved Emmi and how she is so young and yet so strong. She immediately won me over. Jack...oh where do I begin with Jack. I love his sarcastic, funny, yet serious attitude. I love the way he plays with Sabba's emotions and their connection pulled at my heart. 

The action is non-stop in this book. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. The world-building is incredible. I love dystopians and this world is a perfect description of a dystopian world. 

The Free Hawks are an awesome group of females that are strong and live to survive. I loved their incorporation into the story and their immediate friendship with Saba. There are a few main members of the group that become immediate close friends with Saba and they face obstacles that will bring you to tears. 

Saba's fight for survival and determination to find her twin brother are breath-taking. Her journey is long and so many things happen along the way. At one moment I am laughing along with the characters and next I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. What this group faces is incredible. 

I loved this book and the story and the narrator makes you feel as though you are there living and breathing with the characters. Needless to say this book was incredible and I cannot wait to read the sequel and learn where these characters face next....I cant imagine what else could and will happen next.....

1 comment:

  1. I remember living the book. It was a while ago when I read it.aybe a year ago but I am going to reread the book so I can start on the second one :)