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Blood Red Road Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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--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
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I really wish I had read a couple at least, so I was prepared.
As a plot BLOOD RED ROAD was thoroughly engrossing. This story is 100% Saba's; her voice, her perceptions, her feelings. Saba doesn't hold back or try to sugar coat things, she's very upfront (to the reader at least) about her faults as well as her strengths. She readily admits that her younger sister is an unwelcome burden, a constant reminder of what they had (a happy family) versus what they didn't have when their mother was alive. She also admits that Lugh is the bright light, the one that leads them and is their guiding force. She doesn't say anything of this with bitterness, she merely accepts that he leads and she follows.
The closeness the twins share is a steady pulse throughout the novel, even when Lugh is taken away and Saba has to face a world where he isn't there to show her what needs doing. I wouldn't say that Saba suddenly realized 'Gee I'm just as smart as Lugh!', it was more of a gradual understanding that Lugh's understanding of the world came from how he saw it. As her perception changed so too did her her ability to interact with the world.
As I said, the plot held me captivated. So its with some irritation that I report it took me nearly two weeks to finish this novel.Read more ›
Aside from that, the story was very entertaining. It's great to read a novel with a powerful young woman as the main character. Saba does a lot of growing up throughout the novel as she learns just how strong and creative she can be. Even when she's down about as far as she can get, she doesn't give up, she keeps fighting.
Young keeps the action and adventure moving swiftly so I never got bored, even with such a long book. She handled a myriad of leading characters with great finesse, giving them depth and separate personalities - and I never got any of them confused, which is easy for me to do in some novels!
This is marketed as a young adult book, but adults will enjoy it, too. Give it a read! It comes out tomorrow (June 7, 2011)!
Cons: Writer chooses to write without using quotation marks. So plan on spending a good part of the reading time trying to decipher if the words are the character's thoughts, his or her words, or an outside observation. Some sentences finally make it clear by using the words "she said," or "Emmi said," long after the non-quote is started. Some don't.
Too bad an otherwise talented writer chooses a writing style that makes it hard to understand, and harder to read, since the reader is constantly shifting from being immersed in the storyline to moving outside it to try to understand if the words are a quote of spoken words, or are the character's thoughts, or something else. Maybe Young thinks the lack of punctuation makes it more "real," or maybe she's an amateur who just doesn't understand how quotation marks work. Too bad. I would have given it 4 stars if it were not so confusing to try and follow with this crippling fault.
Blood Red Road might be one of such rare cases.
I read somewhere that this book was optioned to be become a movie even BEFORE being published. That's where the problems lies: Blood Red Road is trying too hard to be a movie before even being a book.
That means that while it's got some elements that would be of stunning effect on screen - cage fights, killer worms, a battle à la Braveheart - it falls a bit short on the elements which are needed to make it a good book. I am talking about a solid plot, characterization, worldbuilding and... well, common sense, actually.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, we meet Saba, her twin brother Lugh, her sister Emmi and their father living in Silverlake, a place which reminded me a bit of the movie Mad Max. The mother is dead and they are experiencing a terrible drought that is making their lives really hard. When some mysterious men on horses kidnap Lugh and kill their father, Saba sets off with her little sister to rescue him.
It is during this quest that she becomes involved in spectacular cage fights, a jail breakout, a race across the desert and killer worms. With the aid of a team of rebels, Jack - a guy to who she seems to be unexplainably attracted to - and his friends, will they succeed in their mission and save Lugh from a terrible destiny?
The beginning of the story is really promising. It has a certain The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel feeling which I really like.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tried for literally 4 nights straight to get through this book. The writing style was awful. While I understand it was supposed to be the character's voice, it severely hampered my... Read morePublished 14 days ago by christinedday
I. The Beginning: Did It Hook Me?
The beginning of this book was unnerving. I say it's unnerving because of the jargon used. Read more
Meh. I sped through this book in about a day and a half and while it certainly has some interesting points and a more or less interesting protagonist it hits every cliche YA novel... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Devicat26
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Rating: 4/5 stars
Blood Red Road is the first book in the Dust Lands trilogy. This was a strong start to the trilogy. Read more
I love how Moira Young took the deep southern tone of voice and uneducated talk and made the read harder for me to read it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hdbnd
This is another one of those books that reviewers compare to The Hunger Games, just because it stars a tough female fighting for survival. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Author David L. Foster
So here's the story. I really WANTED to like this book, really, really wanted to. It was by a fellow Canadian author, a female one at that, and it was recommended to me by a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ciara Elizabeth
I'm really torn on this one. On the one hand, I didn't enjoy it half as well as most readers seem to. But on the other, the ending made me really curious about the sequel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Katie