Blood Red Road
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
This fast-paced YA debut novel has it all: smart, savvy characters making their way through an eerily dystopian society, with all the requisite action, adventure and romance characteristic of the genre vividly and at times, chillingly, portrayed. In a wild and lawless future, where life is cheap and survival is hard, eighteen-year-old Saba lives with her father, her twin brother Lugh, her young sister Emmi and her pet crow Nero. Theirs is a hard and lonely life. The family resides in a secluded shed, their nearest neighbour living many miles away and the lake, their only source of water and main provider of food, gradually dying from the lack of rain. But Saba's father refuses to leave the place where he buried his beloved wife, Allis, nine years ago. Allis died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has never forgiven her sister for their mother's death. But while she despises Emmi, Saba adores her twin brother Lugh. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, loving and good, he seems the complete opposite to dark-haired Saba, who is full of anger and driven by a ruthless survival instinct. To Saba, Lugh is her light and she is his shadow, he is the day, she is the nighttime, he is beautiful, she is ugly, he is good, she is bad. So Saba's small world is brutally torn apart, when a group of armed riders arrives five day's after the twin's eighteenth birthday snatch Lugh away. Saba's rage is so wild, that she manages to drive the men away, but not before they have captured Lugh and killed their father. And here begins Saba's epic quest to rescue Lugh, during which she is tested by trials she could not have imagined, and one that takes the reader on breathtaking ride full or romance, physical adventure and unforgettably vivid characters, making this a truly sensational YA debut novel.
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"★★★★½ -- I selected this book to read because of what I had seen about it, and the fact that it was chosen as a monthly read for one of my groups. I was excited to read it, but I found myself afraid I wouldn't be able to finish it as soon as I started. For those that do not know, this book is written in vernacular. There is a seemingly good reason for this that doesn't come to light until later. In this dystopian, Western-like world, people no longer read books, and the written language has been largely lost. Thus, it becomes more expected that, for a book narrated by a protagonist in this world, that the spelling and sentence structure wouldn't be perfect. It seems like Moira Young decided that this would be a good way to add immersion to the novel. If you are a hardline grammarian that can't imagine reading a book rife with misspellings, bad grammar and a noted lack of correct punctuation, you may be put off of this book from the start.<br/><br/>That said however, I found the story of <i>Blood Red Road</i> to be amazing. Saba is a strong protagonist that is not without her flaws. She knows she is flawed, and she is not apologetic about it, something I really liked about her. Don't get me wrong, her character experiences a lot of development, but I like that she knows she's not perfect and she doesn't expect herself to be. The journey to save her brother is filled with twists, turns, unexpected characters and surprising events. <i>Blood Red Road</i> likes to keep you guessing, and it does so in a way that is still meaningful. The relationships in the novel are very refreshing. I am so happy that Saba doesn't just go straight for Jack, her love interest. Even though she finds that he is "her heart's desire" she is still reluctant. She has her brother to think about, after all. Can she really let other things get in the way?<br/><br/>Overall I found <i>Blood Red Road</i> to be a great story, and very refreshing. It has a little bit of everything from many genres, from action to thriller to romance, to Western, to dystopia, to gladiators. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this were made into a movie, and I think it'd make a good one at that. I recommend this to anyone that thinks it sounds interesting. As long as you can get over the style of writing (which I was), I don't think you'll be disappointed."
"I started this book in highschool but didn't finish the series right away the first time I loved the mission to save the brother and I loved the way the author made the characters have an accent. After reading other books and then coming back to read this and Finnish the series I was very happy with this book alone but the other two seemed unfinished. The second book seems to end in the middle of the stories and the third just seemed excessively rushed and too easily ended. "