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Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Title: Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)
Author: Moira Young
Pub Deets: June 2011, Simon & Schuster

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In a sentence or so: Saba’s twin brother Lugh is kidnapped and she will do anything and go anywhere to rescue him.

Saba, Lugh, Emmi and their Pa live on a little bit of dry, miserable land by a watering hole. They seldom see people, and when they do, they’re suspicious. And rightfully so, because when a group of men rides up, notes Lugh’s (but not Saba’s) crescent moon mark on his face, they kidnap him. Their Pa dies in the effort to prevent him from being kidnapped, but not before telling Saba that she will need to be strong. That people will need her. That her time on this earth is not even close to being over.

So off Saba and Emmi go, across the vast unsafe world to find Lugh. They aren’t the biggest fans of each other, since Lugh is really the one that bonded them together, so the trip is even harder than it would be otherwise. Saba is soon swept up into a dangerous world where she is desperate to survive if only to rescue her twin and keep Emmi safe.

Corrupt dictators, harsh desert like environments, cage fighting to the death, and ambush are just a few of the struggles Saba has to face in Blood Red Road. Don’t worry though. It’s not ALL awful. She does meet a boy with gray eyes named Jack who just might be the perfect boy for her. He’s calm, thoughtful, and just a touch silly where Saba is anxious and uptight and all business all the time. Quite a pair, those two.

I feel like my review for this book simply cannot do Blood Red Road justice. Moira Young writes in dialect (which did not bother me in the slightest, as you KNOW I loved The Chaos Walking Trilogy) that helps set the tone for the book. Saba is in a very different and considerably more harsh world than the one we know. While there isn’t a ton of world building, that was okay because really it’s more about the characters in the world. Which isn’t to say you don’t get a feel for the climate and craziness of the peeps in charge. OH you do.

I can hereby claim Blood Red Road by Moira Young as one of my all time favorite dystopians. I loved Saba and her curmudgeonliness mixed with bravery and dedication. I loved Jack and his ability to soften Saba yet still let her be who she is meant to be. I loved Emmi and her wisdom and courage. I loved the crazy plot of Blood Red Road because you really don’t know where you’re headed - just like our lovably cranky heroine.

Fave quote: "They call me the Angel of Death." (164 ARC)

Pairs well with: Okay, bear with me on this one. It's definitely lulz but it always reminds me of Jack and Saba. She don't know she's beautiful!

Fix er up: I loved the resolution with the ending and am stoked about the rest of the series. So....I guess NOTHING.

[FTC Notice: This book was given to me by a fellow blogger and I was not compensated in any way for this review. Clicking through on links does not give me any kickbacks.]

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  1. This is my favorite too. And I just read Rebel Heart -- don't wait! Read it NOW!

    Great review!

  2. I've heard about this one, but I have yet to read it! It sounds like it would be an interesting departure from all the stuff I'd be reading lately, though the dialect might take a while for me to get used to!

  3. I was told a long time ago that the dialects in this book sound a lot like the way I talk? Since that time, I've been afraid to even look inside of the book (since people pretty much globally make fun of the way Eastern NC'ers talk). But I actually have this one on the shelf. BUT BUT BUT you even go as far as to mention Chaos Walking in your blog post here. So perhaps I should move it up on the TBR? Please advise.

    1. Yes, move it on up the TBR. You will NOT regret it!

  4. You know my thoughts on this series. squee!!

  5. So excited to get to this one on my TBR list! I've heard such great things about it. I LOVE kickass heroines and it seems like she's the epitome of dystopian kick-assers :P

  6. I was surprised by the fact that I enjoyed this so much as I'm very wary of dialect in books but it worked so seamlessly here. I really need to pick up Rebel Heart!

  7. Oh my god this book. Dude you forgot Nero the crow aka my favorite part of the book. It's okay.

    Also. I love dialogue in books.

    Also. I love this book.

    Also. I need to read Monsters of Men but I don't want it to end. WAHHHH.


    1. Nero is BAD ASS and I do love him so. I'm sorry he didn't make the cut but I don't want to get too rambly! BAHAHA.

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  9. I loved this one soo much too! I need to get the next one. but truth be told, I'm very pissed they changed the covers. This cover you showed was perfect right down to the tiny details.

  10. I really want to wait for this entire series to be out before I read it, but I'm totally wavering because there are just too many awesome things to be said of Blood Red Road.

    Is it sad that cage fighting got me excited for this? I may have issues. ><

    1. The cage fighting was such a cool twist I did NOT see coming and I do not judge you for getting excited over it because it is AWESOME.


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