Summary: 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 a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
- Once I got sucked into the story, I had a hard time putting it down. There’s no such thing as “one more chapter before bed”.
- Epic love story? You bet. I cannot get enough of Jack and Saba!
- Dystopian / post-apocalyptic perfection – best of the genre that I have read this year!
Getting into this book is tough, I’m not going to lie. There’s loads of development and the story starts out somewhat slow, but the challenge is Saba’s thick accent. Moira Young writes like Saba is directly speaking to us readers – accent and all. But overcoming Moira Young’s unique writing style is just one of the many things that makes BLOOD RED ROAD stand out from the overwhelming amount of dystopian and post-apocalyptic releases in the YA market this year.
Other Lies I’m Not Going to Tell:
- BLOOD RED ROAD is an easy read – this book is long. Over 500 pages, it is quite an intimidating length. Saba’s voice is initially difficult to get into and it took me a couple of chapters to get used to her. Prepare yourself for her accent and incorrect grammar.
- There is fast-paced action all the way through – For me, the first third dragged on. The story didn’t really pick up for me until Saba meets the Pinches. After that, I could not put the book down (yes, I stayed up until 2 AM to finish this book).
- OMG CLIFFHANGER – Nope, not at all, actually. One thing I love about BLOOD RED ROAD? The fact that Moira Young can actually write a decent first book that’s part of a series. I think a problem I have with most dystopian / post-apocalyptic releases this year is that the first book is just an excuse to have a lot of character and setting development without anything happening in 400 or so pages and the book ends up unresolved. Which is why Moira Young’s BLOOD RED ROAD stood out so much for me. Because Young actually writes a full novel with a beginning, middle, and – yes! – end while leaving the reader craving for more afterwards. There is no awful cliffhanger. The story gets resolved. Character development ensued. The end … but to be continued.
Have I sold the book to you yet? No? Well, if the “epic love story” part in the summary did not grab your attention, let me bring it to you again: THIS WAS AN EPIC LOVE STORY! But not in the way that our main girl, Saba, was hopelessly pining for “hot guy”. Romance is no way near close to being what this novel is about, but it’s a very entertaining and enjoyable component of it. If I could write a love interest in a novel, it would probably be similar to Jack: arrogant, charming, overly-confident, but also more than meets the eye. There is no denying that he and Saba have chemistry the moment they meet.
BLOOD RED ROAD is so far the best dystopian / post-apocalyptic novel I have read this year. I felt so satisfied as reader when I finished the book, but at the same time, I cannot wait until the next installment. Trust me, once Moira Young sucks you into her story, best of luck in trying to put the book down to get some sleep.