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"Lugh's gone. Gone. My golden heart is gone. I kneel in the dust. The tears roll down my face. An a hard red rain starts to fall." When her "older" twin brother is captured by marauding horsemen, Saba knows that she will have to leave the ravaged landfills that have supported her family since the destruction of their civilization. Moira Young's Blood Red Road marks the auspicious beginning of an ambitious post-apocalyptic series that will ensnare your attention.

Jessica Bruder
Much of Young's writing has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering "hotwinds" and swirling clouds of orange dust. Scenes are brief, told in a few pages with fast-paced action…The words themselves are distinct too. Nearly all of Young's characters are illiterate. Saba narrates her story in frayed English, full of phonetic spellings and other quirks…The dialect takes getting used to, but the payoff is a musical brokenness to the language, which creaks along nicely with Saba's observations of her torn-up surroundings.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Young's powerful debut, first in the Dustlands series, is elevated above its now familiar postapocalyptic setting by an intriguing prose style and strong narrative voice that show a distinct Cormac McCarthy vibe. When 18-year-old Saba's father is killed and her twin brother, Lugh, is kidnapped, she sets out to rescue him, along with their younger sister, Emmi, and Saba's intelligent raven, Nero. Their travels across the desert wasteland bring them to a violent city in which Saba is forced to fight for her life in an arena. When she escapes with the help of a group of women warriors, she and her new allies (including a handsome and infuriating male warrior named Jack) try to prevent Lugh from being sacrificed. Young's writing style—channeled through Saba's wonderfully defined narrative voice—may be off-putting at first, but readers will quickly get used to the lack of quotation marks and idiosyncratic spelling and punctuation ("There ain't nuthin written in the stars. They're jest lights in the sky") and be riveted by the book's fast-paced mix of action and romance. It's a natural for Hunger Games fans. Ages 14–up. (June)
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*"Young's powerful debut, first in the Dustlands series, is elevated above its now familiar postapocalyptic setting by an intriguing prose style and strong narrative voice that show a distinct Cormac McCarthy vibe. It's a natural for Hunger Games fans."

Publishers Weekly *STAR

Blood Red Road will capture any reader who picks it up. I love everything about Saba - her language, her intensity, her heart. Everyone should read her story.”—James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

“I absolutely loved Blood Red Road. What a great read! Moira Young goes over the top with a most engaging heroine. Saba is a crusty, foul-tempered warrior woman who must be covered in scar tissue by the end of the book, but men still follow her around like starving wolves. The dialogue is fast and often humorous, the pace never lets up. No situation is so bad that it can't get worse in the next couple of pages. I especially liked the awakening of the hellwurms as they emerge to feed. Well done, Ms. Young!”—Nancy Farmer, author of The House of the Scorpion

“Better than The Hunger Games. . . . This book will blow you away.”—MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog

“Is it any surprise that Ridley Scott swiftly optioned the book?”—New York Times Book Review

Blood Red Road is an eerie and adventurous dystopian fantasy on par with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker.”—LA Times

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
All her life, Saba has relied on her twin brother Lugh to keep their family safe in the desert wasteland they call home. But when Lugh is kidnapped by a band of horsemen who also kill their father, Saba decides to venture out into the unknown outside territories with her younger sister Emmi and search for him. Their mission goes horribly wrong when they are captured and Saba is forced into the brutal life of a cage fighter. Escaping with the aid of a cocky rogue named Jack and a gang of girl thieves, Saba learns she must journey to the heart of their lawless civilization to rescue her brother from a gruesome fate. With time running out and Saba's own foul temper creating wedges between her and her new allies, can this motley gang pull together in time to succeed in their mission? Read by Broadway actress Heather Lind, this audio book version of the first installment in Moira Young's post-apocalyptic "Dustland" series spotlights an unusual protagonist whose strength and passion enable her to overcome horrible ordeals even as her temper and hypocrisy constantly throw her back into jeopardy. Saba isn't the easiest character to like as she regularly mistreats her sister and pushes away her friends; it's telling that it's easiest to root for her when she's fighting much nastier people than herself. Nonetheless, Young does a good job of creating a dystopian world full of greed, violence, and morally gray people, while Lind shows remarkable range in creating convincing voices for Saba and her nine-year-old sister. The leering drawl she gives Saba's love interest Jack, however, often makes him sound more creepy than charming. Notably, given that the prose version of this novel is written in an unconventional style (lacking quotation marks and intentionally misspelling words to match the "backwoods" dialect of the characters) some readers may actually find the audiobook easier to follow than Young's printed edition. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
The dried up wasteland known as Silverlake is a harsh and unforgiving place, but it is home to 18 year-old Saba and her family. Her mother died nine years ago while giving birth to Saba's younger sister, Emmi. Since then her father has been distant and almost absent from their lives. Saba's only comfort is her twin brother, Lugh, who is the rock that holds the family together. One day a huge dust storm arrives, bringing with it four cloaked horseman who will change their lives forever. Her father is murdered and Lugh is kidnapped leaving Saba and Emmi all alone. Saba is determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, but is unprepared for the brutal reality of the outside world. Her brother's trail leads her to Hopetown, a city ruled by an evil King who controls his subjects by drugging them. Saba is quickly captured and forced to be a cage fighter with other prisoners as a form of entertainment for the King and his subjects. In her captivity, Saba meets a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks. Together they plot their escape from captivity and make a plan to save not only Lugh, but perhaps their entire civilization. Throughout this adventure, Saba discovers her own strength and the importance of trust, family, and forgiveness. This book is a fast paced story filled with adventure, suspense, and even a little romance. This book is recommended for readers who enjoyed "The Hunger Games" series. Be aware there is some violence and mild language included. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
Library Journal
Young's coming-of-age, young adult action/romance first novel is set in postapocalyptic times. When her father is murdered and her twin brother is kidnapped, sheltered 18-year-old Saba is suddenly thrown into a violent world inhabited by brutal people, giant wormlike monsters, female warriors, superstition, and a vicious king. The text is written in ungrammatical English that can be very hard on the ear, especially when reader Heather Lind annoyingly barks, "I says," "she says," "he says," after each character's dialog. Recommended for Mad Max and Hunger Games fans who do not mind listening to fractured English. This text might be easier to read than to hear.—Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland
School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—In the first gripping title (Margaret K. McElderry Bks., 2011) of Moira Young's post-apocalyptic trilogy, 18-year-old Saba ventures into the harsh and unforgiving world outside of her isolated home after masked horsemen kill her father and kidnap her twin brother. Determined to find him, Saba sets out for Hopetown, only to be followed by her younger sister. They are unprepared for the danger and treachery they encounter. Captured and forced to fight in gladiator-style cage fights for the entertainment of the Hopetown residents, Saba never loses her single-minded focus on surviving to find her brother. But her actions could have far-reaching consequences for her civilization. Listeners are treated to an impressive performance by Heather Lind, whose believably youthful voice resonates as the hard, resolute protagonist. The first person present tense narration heightens the intensity and immediacy of the action, as well as Saba's raw emotions. Lind also gives supporting characters unique voices, and turns in a fine performance of the dialect written by the author. A perfect choice for fans of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" trilogy, and a good fit for listeners who enjoyed Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Patrick Ness's "Chaos Walking" trilogy.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Born on Midwinter Day, Saba and her twin brother Lugh are opposites—she's dark, scrawny and cantankerous, while he exudes calm with his golden beauty—but that doesn't stop her from rising to the occasion when he needs her.

Weeks before their 18th birthday, four rough horsemen ride into their isolated, desert homestead, killing their star-reading Pa and taking Lugh captive. Saba embarks on a treacherous journey to save Lugh, with her pet crow, Nero, and her 9-year-old sister, Emmi, in tow. Saba and Emmi are kidnapped by slavers, who sell Saba to the Cage Master of the Colosseum, where she becomes known as the Angel of Death. Overseeing this macabre world is a king who keeps people in check with a narcotic, convincing them to renew his life by sacrificing a boy born on Midwinter Day. Saba learns about Lugh's fate from Jack, a fellow prisoner. With the help of Nero and a group of freedom fighters, Jack and Saba escape and rush to Lugh's rescue. This debut is a mashup of Spartacus, the court of Louis XIV and post-apocalyptic dystopia. Saba's naive, uneducated voice narrates this well-paced heroic quest in dialect, an effective device for this tale that combines a love story, monsters and sibling rivalry.

Readers looking for a strong female protagonist will find much to look forward to in this new series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442429994
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Dust Lands Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 34,923
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Moira Young
Moira Young
MOIRA YOUNG was born in New Westminster, BC, where she attended the University of British Columbia before heading to the UK to study drama. After a few years of performing on the alternative comedy circuit and tap-dancing on a West End stage, Young returned to Vancouver where she successfully trained as an opera singer. Returning to the UK, she sang in some of London's most prestigious venues. Young has now returned to her first love - writing - with her debut novel, Blood Red Road. Moira Young lives in Bath, England with her husband.


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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Highly Recommended-you must check it out!!

    I love Dystopian novels, and Blood Red Road didn't disappoint me. This book was way more than I expected. The characters, the world, and plot were totally amazing. The different way they talk was a big plus, and it quickly pulled me into their world and made me believe it was real. Saba and her twin brother Lugh are 18. They live in Silverlake with their Pa and little sister Emmi, who is 9. Saba has never seen more than two people in her life, so when the four horseman, which are the Tonton, show up and take Lugh away, she knows she's the only one who can save him. Saba has to grow up fast and become someone she never she dreamed of becoming to save her brother. She meets Jack, who helps her find Lugh. Jack is cocky, slick, and a fast talker who's falling for Saba. The relationship that grows between Saba and Jack is a difficult and beautiful one. It stole my heart .What I also love about this book was the maturity of the characters. The story plot was strong, and I believed everything that was happening was real. I really enjoyed Blood Red Road and can say it's one of my favorite books. It's definitely going to be one of the best books of the year. I'll be counting down the days till the second book in Moira Young Dustland's series is released.

    31 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    This is one of those books where you either hate it, or you love

    This is one of those books where you either hate it, or you love it. I was anticipating for this book to be alright, but what I didn't expect was to love it as much as I did.

    Reasons to Read:

    1. Saba
    Saba is actually a really interesting person to read about. She's rude, callous, and incredibly strong. Usually, people like that tend to turn me off. But for Saba, it really worked. While I said that she was fairly insensitive, I could really tell just how much she loved Lugh. From page one, he is mentioned in only the highest regards. When he was taken, I felt her pain. I could tell that the amount that because she loved Lugh so much, losing him was making her go mad. Maybe it was just me, but I when I was reading some times, she really seemed to be losing her grip on her sanity. She's completely disinterested in helping anybody else but herself, but I found that I couldn't help but like her. I mean, she had every single reason to be as hard and bitter as she was. She was a completely realistic character that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    2. The Post-Apocalyptic World

    The world that Saba and all the other characters live in I found to be thoroughly enjoyable. After the apocalypse happens, the world is basically one big wasteland. Unlike some other novels set in the future, there wasn't really any amazing technology. Some things were different, such as a sand-surfing ship, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I really liked the way that it was explained, too. The world is really, really messed up, which I found to be a cool take. You can't really trust anyone in this world, and nobody has a reason to trust you. Everyone in this world wants something, and is working purely for themselves.

    3. The Adventure

    If you couldn't tell from the title, Blood Red Road, this novel's main focus is Saba's journey to find her brother Lugh. While there were some delays in this journey, I thought that it was thoroughly enjoyable. There are a full range of characters out, all with unique personalities. Aside from that, the action was awesome! There were tons of battles, and fights, and chase scenes that I found to be exhilerating. I was excited, scared, and just plain frustrated throughout the entire adventure. The adventure was thoroughly enjoyable.

    4. The Language

    This is probably the most controversial part of the book. Saba has a very thick southern-style accent, and the book is written that way. While I found it disorienting at first, I got used to it by the end of the novel. I actually really liked it, and thought it fit in really well to the story. If you don't mind reading a little bit of broken English, then I don't think that you will mind to much.

    Although I did love this book, the one thing that I didn't like was how there were no quotation marks around the characters' dialogues. This was a bit disorienting at times, when I thought Saba would be saying something, but it would actually just be in her thoughts. Overall though, I think that this book was really well done and exceeded by expectations.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    An Excellent New Voice in Dystopian Genre

    Blood Red Road is the upcoming debut release from the author Moira Young.
    In the future there is a land covered in dust and who ever controls the chaal fields owns the people. Where the water can mean your death, and a dust storm can cover your home in seconds and swallow a city is your future dystopian hell hole.
    A family that has been shrouded in isolation along a dwindling lake, meets up with a hidden world of death and destruction in these amazing pages by Moira Young.
    We are introduced to the main character Saba, and her twin brother Lugh, just in time for their family to break up and their world views to crumble.
    The sands just got a whole lot bigger.
    Blood Red Road was amazing. The book is written as the characters talk, and it is amazing to experience the world building and character growth in Saba. Young has created something truly beautiful in this book, and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    One of my top 5 for 2011!

    You know those books that you find and after you read them you keep thinking about them and find that you're really anxious for the next one to come out? Thankfully, thankfully, Blood Red Road was like that for me.

    Saba comes from a dysfunctional yet close family. Her mom passed away giving birth to her little sister and Saba hates the sister for it. The dad's gone a little loopy since the mom passed. The sister is a pretty normal winey little kid. But Lugh is perfect in Saba's eyes. He means everything to her. So when he's taken away, it pushes Saba to grow up and go after him.

    In the reviews I've seen of Blood Red Road, people talked about the rough way Saba talks. And it is rough, jarring, and now what you're used to reading in a novel. But I LOVED it! I found myself thinking in the language Saba used for days after I finished. It was just a raw, no nonsense way of thinking.

    Saba's growth in the book was wonderful. In the beginning she wasn't much more than her twin brother's shadow, always looking to him to do the right thing. And as she goes after him, she becomes a tough, quick thinking warrior. I have to say, I loved how she became known as "The Angel of Death" without giving away any spoilers. It was just great.

    I did have a few hang-ups with this book. The fact that there were no quotation marks around any of the dialogue drove me CRAZY! It made me pay very close attention but when I'm reading I don't want it to have to be work. There were a few twists that seemed predictable to me. And I was having really high hopes that this might be a standalone novel but the last three pages made that not possible. Now I have to wait for the next one. sigh.

    Overall, I really did like Blood Red Road. I would place it in my top 5 favorite books I've read in 2011 so far. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    one of the most hated books i have ever read

    I absolutely hated it. I liked the language and thought it was written well, but the plot and characters made me want to pull my hair out. The main character has to leave her home and rescue her twin brother who is the most important person in the world to her. The book tells you she is desperate to find him but she NEVER conveys any desperate emotions or actions. It never feels like she really wants to save him. I am a twin and if it was me trying to save them i would do anything and eveything to save them. I wouldnt give a **** about some a**hole boy and i am absolutely repulsed by their relationship. They hate each other and they never stop hating each other throughout the entire book but somehow they are deeply connected to each other. I also wouldnt let my other siblings get in the way of saving them either and i actually like my siblings. Each characters actions make me want to kill myself and the books development never goes anywhere. Its boring and at some pionts i had to force myself to read it. The characters at the end are supposed to be more developed but every single one of them are th same as they were at the beginning. This book doesnt convey the connection of twins at all and my twin agreed with me even though she loved the book. This book was utterly terrible and i will not be reading the next one.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    I like blueberrys

    One day there was a cow who went across the road to eat flowers and crap in the grass. This is a good book.

    5 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Surprises, obstacles, and romance...oh my!

    Really 4.5 stars

    It's been a long time since I've read a dystopian novel, but Blood Red Road made for a great return to the genre. Full of surprises, obstacles to overcome, and a bit of romance, I was quickly drawn into the story and kept turning pages until the end.

    Saba lives in Silverlake with her twin brother Lugh, her sister Emmi, and her father. Her mother died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has always resented that fact. Because of this, Saba has clung to Lugh, following him wherever he goes and ignoring her younger sister. When Lugh is suddenly captured by four unknown horsemen, Saba vows to stop at nothing to get him back. This quest takes her far away from Silverlake, through the Dustlands and old Wrecker settlements. Saba finds herself facing obstacles and situations she never imagined, having to fight for both what she wants and for her life. In addition, she is forced to accept help from unlikely and unwanted sources and to confront her own nature and emotions. By doing so, she will learn a great deal about life, finding her heart's desire, friendship, and love.

    Blood Red Road is very different from many other books I have read in its style; it is told in sparse prose, with all of the writing in dialect and no quotation marks for speech. At first I was taken aback by this, but I quickly adjusted, and I think that this style really enhanced the story. I loved watching Saba grow over the course of the story. Her initial resistance to help and anything that defied logic made for quite an interesting journey, both physically and emotionally. I also enjoyed seeing the ingenuity and resourcefulness that all of the characters displayed. The situations they face in their journey are tough, but these characters are determined to be tougher. And then there was the great tension between Saba and Jack. Their banter and increasing attraction was a wonderful addition to the story.

    Though there were times of slow action, this book was certainly never dull. Even though a big thread of the plot is resolved at the end of the book, there is still more of Saba's story to be told. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her, her world, and her relationship with Jack. I'm also hoping that some of the characters we come to know in this book, such as the Free Hawks and DeMalo, will come back in the sequel.

    Blood Red Road might be a dystopian novel, but there is much more to the book than overthrowing a corrupt government. Moira Young has written a fabulous debut novel, and I am looking forward to reading more!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Great book!

    One thing that really grabs me about this book is dialect in it. I thought it was completely and totally unique. For me, it was the first I've seen in young adult book.

    The storyline of this book is great! It reminded me of Gladiator but with a girl instead. I admired Saba's strength to find her brother and fight. I loved her fighting. It showed cased not only her strength, but her angry and will to find her brother. She is a survivor. A true survivor. I loved the way her feelings were. I understood them completely. I get the same way when it comes to fighting for something you love. You don't want anything or anyone to stand in your way. And when they do, you can't fully do want to you want to do cause you are weighed down.

    While Saba was alone most of her life, I like that she found someone who she can not only confide in but someone to match her strength. Jack is a guy like no other. He knew how she was right from the start. He knew her weak spots and her strength. I like that when she was weak, he was strong for her and vice versa. I admire their time together. When they were together all time stopped. It was just them. Simply wonderful!

    The title of this book matches it exactly. It was a very bloody road that Saba had to go through in order to find her brother. Saba is truly a strong person. I rooted for her to make it all the way. It was written so good that you see everything. Feelings, the characters... even I can feel the dust blowing into my face with the hot scorching sun. Simply fantastic! *There was some cursing.*

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Idk...

    I got this book for my birthday but I didn't read very far...The grammar really bugged me considering the author did NOT use quotation marks. It may be just me -considering I am a grammar freak- but I found it hard to digest.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Amazing book although it takes a couple of pages for you to get

    Amazing book although it takes a couple of pages for you to get used to the language used and feel for the book. But in the end it's worth it, great book. Highly recommended!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Ok book

    Interesting story but the language ruined it for me, it sounded like it was written by a six year old which made it boring.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Hated

    It was horrible. The language killed me and I often never knew when they wete talking, thinking or acting. The plot was ok, but thats it. Dont read! Id give it zero stars if it were possible. It was not better than THG no matter what the reviews claim.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

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    Overall it was a very good book. The writing was smooth, (not choppy with short sentences) and drew me in right from the start. It is about a girl named Saba whoes twin brother is kidnapped. Saba loves her brother dearly and sets of on a journey to find him. To her annoyence her younger sister comes along too and throughout the story Saba is always trying to find ways to get rid of her. Saba gets detained several times on her way to rescue her twin and her time is limited. At one point she is captured and made to fight to the death in a colosseum like arena. Saba wins fight after fight to stay alive and after two months she finally escapes with the help of some new found friends and in the process meets a guy named Jack who is willing to help her get her brother back.

    Saba is a brave, violent, and somwhat impulsive character. However I found her to be ungrateful towards other people at several points in the story. She also is slightly self centered and indifferent towards other peoples feelings particularly her younger sister's. In the end though Saba learns to love her sister and realizes how to be grateful.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Amazing book- definitely recommend!

    Like most dystopian society books, when you read Blood Red Road you have to get used to the future slang and society, but in this book it isn't difficult at all. The characters were strong and the plot was fast-paced, making it hard to put down. I liked the way the central plot of her finding her brother was still more important than the developing romance between Saba and Jack, which is good because in most teen books, the romance overshadows the main plot. I would recommend this book to all of my friends, and anyone who enjoys dystopian society books. The only part that slightly bothered me in Blood Red Road was the lack of quotation, which made understanding who spoke a little difficult. Besides that, which you get used to fast, this book is stunning!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Good Story

    Dustlands actually felt a lot like Hunger Games while reading it and I'll agree it's better but not by a lot. For every book you get a certain kind of feeling while reading it and for this, this is definitely the book for Hunger Games fans. I enjoyed reading it and found the main character Saba interesting, you both love and hate her at the same time. She's risking her life to save her twin brother Lugh, and you read on how much she loves him which why you would like her. However, you hate her as well because she is harsh and cruel to her younger sister Emmi, but somehow Saba begins to come around and treat her a little bit better. It has great story, good action, and good side of romance, again like Hunger Games. So I strongly recommend it to you, you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

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    Just as good as Hunger Games

    I had trouble with finding a good book in the Dystopian genre that was on par with The Hunger Games. I thought to myself, nothing will be able to compare. I finally found its’ match. It’s this one. For sure. People who ask for other books like Hunger Games, I yell out Blood Red Road and nothing else. Remember Mad Max? well the world is something like this. Dry, desert, hot. Blazing hot. The setting was so descriptive and rich you can feel the heat, the sweat, and the dryness. It sure seems like a very desolate lonely world, but the world building is wonderful and so rich and detailed. It’s a perfect setting for this type of novel and it’s extremely well done. I loved Saba. She’s tough, she’s gritty, she’s not afraid to get dirty and to fight tooth and nail to get to Lugh. She treats her little sister like dirt, and yes I did find the little kid annoying, I would have hated to be in her shoes if she ever got Saba angry. But, you have to give credit to Emmi, she does talk back. As the story progresses, Emmi does grow on me and she’s definitely got the same strength Saba’s got. I love the bantering between Jack and Saba. There was chemistry there and with Saba’s bad temper it just made their interactions absolutely fun to read at times. The characters overall in this book were excellent. There was nothing to dislike! I also loved the Free Hawks. It was just awesome reading a girl gang who are able to survive on their own! The action scenes are also really good (there’s worm like creatures! it’s like the sandworms from Dune except evil and really really aggressive!!! I squeed when I read this part!) the entire plot of this book was engaging, interesting and could not stop you from reading. It was literally, a page turner. The only thing I had an issue with is Saba’s narration. It’s different, and took me a few tries to follow but you do get used to it as you read through the story. Other than that, fans of the Hunger Games would LOVE THIS! and SHOULD READ THIS! drop everything else and give this one a try. It’s one of the best dystopian books I’ve read that definitely should share the pedestal that the Hunger Games is on.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Not very well written...

    Probably should have gotten a sample first..... it looked very good and people said you either love it or hate it, guess i hate it

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    To summarize the book, I will give you three words. BEST. BOOK.

    To summarize the book, I will give you three words. BEST. BOOK. EVER.
    More detail: Yes, the book is written very differently with no
    quotations around dialogue and words being spelled wrong, but that is
    what makes this book more awesome and unique. Trust me, you get use to
    it and eventually realize that the way it's written makes it seem more
    real. The main character Saba is just amazing. She is strong and smart
    and doesn't need to prove herself. I rarely like the female lead in
    books nowadays, but Saba was perfect. She wasn't whiny and didn't let
    anything distract her from her two goals: find her twin brother, Lugh,
    and stay alive. I like how it was girls saving boys rather than vice
    versa. GIRL POWER BABY!!!!!!! Anyways, another aspect to loooove about
    this book is that there was no love triangle. I was seriously happy
    about that 'cuz lets face that facts here people- there are rarely any
    YA books without the whole love triangle thing and they are usually
    quite unnecessary. I mean seriously, they don't happen in real life and
    no one wants to hear some whiny brat talk about how she loves two guys
    and blah blah blah! In this book, I could feel Saba's pain and emotions
    and actually have compassion toward her. I felt emotionally connected
    with this book. There was a lot of adventure in this Blood Red Road and
    it was nice to see that it didn't drag through the journey and that it
    was fast pace. At the beginning of the book, you are plunged deep into
    the action and feel like the characters are almost real. I enjoyed how
    Saba's little sister, Emmi, was about as stubborn as she was. They grew
    closer toward the end of the novel and it was nice to read. All in all,
    I am definitely going to continue to read the rest of the trilogy and
    hope that it is as adventurous and mind blowing as Blood Red Road. Oh,
    and the love interest, Jack, is entertaining to read. Trust me, you'll
    love him ;)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Skip it

    I'm a big fan of the Hunger Games series and bought this, not expecting it to equal the Hunger Games, but at least to be somewhere in the ballpark. It's not even close. The heroine (like HG this is written in the first person) is thoroughly annoying. The whole book is written in hillbilly dialect or what the author imagines to be hillbilly dialect. The ambiance and plot (such as it is) is lifted from the Mad Max movies. There are apparently at least two more books planned for this series, but you won't catch me reading them.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    I  couldn't finish Blood Red Road because honestly it was almost

    I  couldn't finish Blood Red Road because honestly it was almost like a country novel trying to be a dystopia novel, it just doesn't work.  Blood Red Road was hard to read, understand, and follow the story.  Because one: the author had the characters talk like "hill billies," and second: the book was written in past tense and Saba (MC) narrates the story.  But unlike other books, Saba talks for all the other characters, telling you what everyone does and says.  That's why the story is hard to follow, because Saba is the only one ever talking.  Switching between her thoughts and emotions to her telling you what some other character said. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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