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Blood Red Road (Dustlands, Book 1) (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Moira Young

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Title:Blood Red Road (Dustlands, Book 1)
Authors:Moira Young
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 480 pages
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Tags:science fiction, dystopia, environment, families, survival, suspense, love, twins, adventure

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2011)


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The single biggest highlight of Blood Red Road is its worldbuilding. Set in a Mad Max-esque post-apocalyptic wasteland, the story takes readers on a bloody, brutal, action-packed adventure through a world where people fight, claw, and scrape to survive. The dialogue is strange and takes some getting used to, but it fits the story perfectly - it’s hard-edged and uncluttered. I loved the unexpected encounters with remnants of modernity, a stark reminder of how far humans have regressed in Saba’s world.

Saba isn’t always a likable protagonist, but I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the story and kick a lot of ass. The other characters, while intriguing, aren’t as well developed. I also wasn’t thrilled with the romantic subplot; it just seems out of place in such a dark, gritty story that doesn’t shy away from violence and death. (But, then again, this is a young adult novel, and the romance is likely a selling point for many readers.)

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something other than your standard YA dystopia. With its unique writing style and harsh, backward setting that begs to be explored, Blood Red Road truly breaks the mold. ( )
  les121 | Aug 23, 2015 |
RGG: More dystopian science fiction--Earth is a wasteland left by the Wreckers, the masses are controlled by the consumption of some drug-like plant, and entertained by gladiator-like fights to the death. But Saba is a real person, selfish, impatient, and brave, who grows and changes. And the romance between her and Jack is a slow hot simmer. A fairly easy read--except for the absence of quotation marks to indicate dialogue and dialect with "an" meaning "and." Reading level: YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Apr 5, 2015 |
Absolutely loved this once I got used to the way she writes. Saba is such a strong female character. She fights for everyone she loves and she stops at nothing to survive. If you liked Hunger Games or Maze Runner you'll love this. ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 25, 2015 |
It was not even close to being as good as The Hunger Games. ( )
  michele.juza | Feb 25, 2015 |
The plot of this book is amazing. It just kept me reading and I couldn't stop. Really picks up after the first 20%. The only reason i gave it 4 stars and not 5 was because of the lack of speech marks. I know it was for artistic purposes but it broke the flow of reading. Especially at the beginning. Later in the book when you got used to it, it wasn't noticeable. However I still didn't appreciate it.
Definitely recommend this book, super interesting ( )
  KatesReviews | Jan 24, 2015 |
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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.
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In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.… (more)

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