Friday, September 30, 2011

Blood Red Road by Moira Young YP FIC YOUNG

Saba and her twin brother Lugh have always been inseparable.  Living on a small farm in a wasteland called Silverlake (which hasn’t had a lake as long as Saba’s been alive) they egt by one day at a time.  When a dust storm brings with it four horsemen dressed in black, it also brings the destruction of Saba’s world.  Her father is murdered, Lugh kidnapped, and she set to the winds of the wasteland with her little sister in tow.  She learns fast that to survive on the road you must pay a toll of blood: yours or someone else’s.  Thus her epic journey from girl to warrior begins.

This is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read in a while and I have to read about 3 a day (slight exaggeration)!  Fans of the Hunger Games need look no further for a new series to seek their teeth into.  This has all the blood, carnage, tragedy, character, and world building that make Hunger Games so great. Saba is tough, cool, and a worthy successor to Katniss. She’s a bit tough to like at times, though.  She has a hard time accepting friendship or help and her single-minded drive to achieve her goals makes her hardcore but also off putting. I loved seeing her turn from normal girl into gladiator and warrior, but at times her awesomeness seems kind of unrealistic. Besides a great main character it also has a really interesting writjng style.  Everyone speaks in this odd dialect that takes a while to get used to, but draws you into this new world very well.  What I love was the brave decision to make Saba the narrator, so that we are in her head and that the whole story is in her unique voice.  Great action packed plot, wonderful prose, great strong female protagonist, that clinches it, Blood Red Road is my must read pick for any and all readers!

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