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

In YA Book Reviews on July 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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

Author: Moira Young

Dust Lands Series – the First Two in the Triology (Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart)

(Book 3 – Raging Star will be available in April, 2014)

YA Dystopian/459 pages and 418 pages/Series*

Publisher’s Blurb:

Blood Red Road (Book 1): 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 four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.

Rebel Heart (Book 2): It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

My thoughts:

This is a well written series, despite the (albeit serving a purpose in the author’s mind) lack of proper grammar, spelling and punctuation, that will grab you and keep you reading to the end of the series. The main character and narrator is Saba. She has a lot of rough edges, but you have to appreciate her spirit and how she handles herself in the most difficult of circumstances. She is the poster child for outstanding character development. She continues to change and evolve as the story progresses. The secondary characters are equally compelling in their own right. There are a lot of strong female characters in this series, but there are some truly memorable male characters as well. In addition, there are a crow and a wolf that bring considerable humor to this intense story and they will steal your heart. Quite a mix! There is enough action, suspense, and romance to keep readers completely engaged from beginning to end. There are some incredible scenes in both books that will stick in your mind forever – they are that good. A very creative, well thought out series that I highly recommend.

Recommended for 7th grade and up

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Similar Books: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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