Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Action, Romance, Epic-ness
Rating: YA 14+
Amazing! Where are all these awesome YA Dystopian novels coming from?! I think that 2012 should be remembered among bookaholics as the year of kick-ass post-apocalyptic novels! Yowzer... it's like each one gets better and better. First it was Matched, and then Delirium, then Divergent... and now Blood Red Road too! Fantastic!!
Moira Young is so exceptionally talented, and I can't WAIT for the sequel to Blood Red Road. The language she uses throughout the whole novel is so unique and different from all other YA books these days, and I don't think that there is a single book out there that has the same kind of writing style that Young incorporated into this book. And just to give you a tiny taste...
It was a little hard to understand at the beginning of the novel, but towards the end I forgot all about it, probably because I was too busy focusing on the other spectacular events going on in the book. And although this book is as good, if not better, than some of the other Dystopian novels that have started coming into view recently, it's also so much different. Blood Red Road will stay with you for a long time after you've read it. *SPOILER ALERTS*
The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger *grinds teeth in frustration*, but it works well to keep the reader wanting more... and I suspect that as soon as the sequel hits the shelves, fans of Blood Red Road will be going crazy trying to get their hands on it. I can barely control myself... every time I start thinking of what could have happened to Jack *deep controlled breath*... well, some things are better left unknown.
Another thing I LOVED about Blood Red Road. The characters. Saba is one of my favorite characters. She is so fierce and strong and brave... a true fighter. At the beginning of the book I was a little annoyed with how she would always follow her older brother around everywhere. She described herself as being his shadow. There were times when I felt like shouting at her to grow a backbone and stand up for herself! But things started picking up when her brother got kidnapped, because then Saba's personality and raw determination started shining through, and the powerful will she had to find her brother.
I loved the family aspect of Blood Red Road, because I feel like a character's relationship with their family is really important. And these days, most books forget about that. Saba's relationship with her family was very touching, but also heart-wrenching... mostly because of her younger sister, whom Saba secretly blames for the death of her mother. It just broke my heart to see how everyone treated her... but I can't go into too much depth otherwise I might give away TMI (too much information).
Along Saba's journey, she meets a 'handsome daredevil', Jack. During the long and tiresome journey to her brother, they start to fall in love... and you know the rest. Jack's character is wonderful. How Young thought up a character so multi-dimensional and special, I have no idea. Jack is portrayed as a daredevil from the very first time we meet him. It's only as time passes that we start to see a more vulnerable and sweet side to him (although I did quite like the whole bad-boy vibe). And the same for Saba. At first she seems impenetrable and tough, but then she starts to open up a bit more.
Saba's main conflict in the book is not finding her brother (well, ok, but only to some extent), or being the ultimate warrior... it's about learning to trust people,which she starts doing towards the end. *SPOILERS OVER*
It's always hard to review a book that you love so much, but I just had to give it a try and get as many people as I could to give it a go, because it's so worth it. An incredibly unique, fresh Dystopian tale that will leave readers craving more.
5 Muffins - Positively Enticing!
If you like this, try:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Legend by Marie Lu