Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Series #1)

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Series #1)

by Moira Young
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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Series #1) by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442429987
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Dust Lands Series , #1
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 595,315
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.48(d)
Lexile: HL460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Moira Young is the author of Blood Red Road, the first book in The Dust Lands series, which was a Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. A native Canadian, she lives with her husband in the UK. Learn more at DustLandsBooks.com.

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Blood Red Road 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 284 reviews.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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.
SweetPeaBubbles More than 1 year ago
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.
kearytaylor More than 1 year ago
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!
terilhack More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but the language ruined it for me, it sounded like it was written by a six year old which made it boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Molly-H More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.*
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get past the first ten pages. The author wrote as if she was an oakie with no literacy skills whatever. This is coming from someone whose originally from oklahoma. Her refusal to use quotation marks makes the book both annoying and difficult to interpret. If you have the tendency to get even the slightest bit annoyed about grammar, I wouldn't reccomend this book. Honestly, if you have the ability to tell where punctuation should go, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I read the reviews and thought they were exaggerating but I promise its not. It truly is terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read because of the mortifying grammer. Good ideas, bad spelling. It was soooo awful I couldent get past the 1 st chapter!!!!! TERRIBLE BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so stupid couldent get past the first few chapters TERRIBLE GRAMMER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crudely written... couldn't get past five pages it got worse n worse. If they fix it i will read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5-3 stars My biggest issue was the no quoteation marks around dialoge this made it very hard to read and understand. I mean what does the author have against "" its a skill I perfected in 5th grade. Also along with lack of "" the way saba talked was very hard to read and got very annoying, I mean thats not how you write, one example is git instead of get. Another horrid mistake was the random New paragraphs In the middle of Dialoge But i did like the story line, just not written in the way I like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing adventure book! Saba gets her twin brother taken away by this mysterious man and is left with her little sister to protect. She tries to leave her sister with an old friend while she goes and finds her brother, but her little sister find a way to escape and hind her. They continue their journey, only to be caught and put in cage fights. In these fights you must win, once you lose for the third time, you get put down by the crowd of people waiting to tear you apart. While she was in these fights she meets people that are planning to escape, and also a guy just may like. they escape he cage fights, but still have a long ways to go. For example, having to cross a dead river that is now filled with these moles type monsters that come out during the night, and with time ticking, its not an easy task. I don't like the book, I love it! Each time you think things are going to settle down foe a bit, a new twist comes to place. Also there is some much going on you never now what's next. This book is a cliff hanger and many ways. It has a lot of adventure and also a love story tied in it too. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending and how the story just stops. Other than that is a great book and I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A whole book of bad grammar and fake dialect - no thanks!
Ashliecat More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I was skeptical at first, but the book's style and tone quickly enchanted me. The characters are addicting and heartwarming as well. You will not be disappointed with this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample but couldnt finish it, the grammer sucked it r doesnt hold your attenion like a regular book does I would not recomend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i can already tell i wouldn't get far. The way they talk and the grammar bugs me, i acctually didnt finish the sample because of that. If it was in normal grammar maybe i would consider it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ai read this book. And if I had to pick a favorite book it would tottly be my second choice (next to Divergent which is amazing) because it's just amazing I would recomend it to ANYONE !!!! It's just perfec!!!!!!!! READ IT !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for anyone who loves adventure ,romance,and excitment