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Blood Red Road Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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*"Young's powerful debut, first in the Dustlands series, is elevated above its now familiar postapocalyptic setting by an intriguing prose style and strong narrative voice that show a distinct Cormac McCarthy vibe. It's a natural for Hunger Games fans."
--Publishers Weekly *STAR
“Blood Red Road will capture any reader who picks it up. I love everything about Saba - her language, her intensity, her heart. Everyone should read her story.”--James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner
“I absolutely loved Blood Red Road. What a great read! Moira Young goes over the top with a most engaging heroine. Saba is a crusty, foul-tempered warrior woman who must be covered in scar tissue by the end of the book, but men still follow her around like starving wolves. The dialogue is fast and often humorous, the pace never lets up. No situation is so bad that it can't get worse in the next couple of pages. I especially liked the awakening of the hellwurms as they emerge to feed. Well done, Ms. Young!”--Nancy Farmer, author of The House of the Scorpion
“Better than The Hunger Games. . . . This book will blow you away.”—MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog
“Is it any surprise that Ridley Scott swiftly optioned the book?”—New York Times Book Review
“Blood Red Road is an eerie and adventurous dystopian fantasy on par with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker.”—LA Times
About the Author
Moira Young is the author of the Dust Lands series. The first book, Blood Red Road, won the Costa Children’s Book Award, was a Cybils Award Winner for fantasy and science fiction, and was a Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. The Dust Lands continues with Rebel Heart, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and Raging Star. A native Canadian, Moira lives with her husband in the UK. Learn more at MoiraYoung.com.
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If a writer feels it necessary to write phonetically to convey the limited education and language of the characters, I think they're relying too much on structure and not enough on their own plot. The story is good enough on its own; it really doesn't need the complication of the language to add depth or understanding to the characters' struggle.
The story was okay. I found it to be a bit slow at times, but there were interesting parts as well. Parts of it (mainly the giant man-eating worms) could be considered fantasy, which seemed a little out of place since this is just supposed to be a post-apocalyptic version of the real world. Though not really relevant to the story, I would have liked more backstory on the "wreckers" (which is what the characters call the people who lived in today's world before everything went to hell). Why do they call them the wreckers? What happened to them? Was the apocalypse caused by humans or natural forces? How long ago was it? How did some people manage to survive? All of this could have been summed up nicely in a few paragraphs. As I said, knowing these things wouldn't change the story, but it would certainly make it feel more complete (at least for me) to know how the world went from a civilized society to the lawless environment that Saba now lives in. Overall, not a bad read but I certainly would not put it up there with The Hunger Games. I will probably read the rest of the series eventually, but it's not something that I'm dying to get my hands on.
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