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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Review: Blood Red Road (Dust Land #1) by Moira Young

Release Date: June 2, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Action, Romance, Epic-ness
Rating: YA 14+
Pages: 492

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. 

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...

"The day's hot. So hot an so dry that all I can taste in my mouth is dust. The kinda white heat day when you can hear th'earth crack. We ain't had a drop of rain few near six months now."

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


  1. I feel the same way. One of my absolute fav dystopian novels ever! :) Great review and LOVE your blog... keep up the great work!!


  2. I'm glad you liked it! Great review, Riya.

  3. Great review! I can't believe I haven't read this yet! 2012 is definitely the year of amazing dystopian novels! :D

  4. Hello, I'm a new blog follower. Nice blog. -laura

  5. Thanks for all your awesome support... your comments are highly appreciated! :)

  6. Hello!! I'm Nikki and I just followed your blog. I have recently been put in charge of the YA section of our touring company. Would you like to join in? Its an excellent way to meet new authors, host giveaways, get involved in new books, and of course..increase your followers!!! If your interest email me back @ I really like you blog and your review!!

  7. I absolutely agree with you. I had been in a kind of reading slump for a while when I got into this and this book reminded me exactly WHY I loved reading in the first place. It is definitely one of my favorite dystopians, if not my absolute favorite!
    Amazing review!

  8. I'm reading this right now and am about halfway in two days. It is fantastic and the writing style is very unique. I couldn't agree with you more about the great dystopian novels and hope they keep coming! Thanks for the great review!

  9. I don't usually read dystopian books, but your review has me intrigued! I am looking forward to the plot and characters and the story in general to see where it goes! Thank you for the lovely review! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  10. Such a great review!! I have a brand spanking new HC copy of Blood Red Road sitting on my nightstand along with a few other books. Those other books are not going to like you very much since your review has just put Blood Red Road ahead of them in the pecking order:)


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