Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (June 7, 2011)

 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.

THOUGHTS: Blood Red Road is not like any book I've ever read before. The writing style  is poetic, the way the words flow is stunning. At I was hesitant to buy this book. I thought it sounded too cliche, I guess. But once I got a sample of it on my Kindle, I was sucked in. The world is stunning in the amount of detail put into it. It feels real- when you hear the descriptions of places, you can practically feel the hot wind.  I think that book brings something to the table for everyone- epicfight scenes, romance, adventure- you name it. Even if you don't totally love this book, you can at least find something in it that you do like. 

SETTING: The book starts out in Silverlake, a desolate place where Saba, Lugh, Emmi, Nero, and their father live. (Just to clarify- Nero is a crow. A very bad ass crow that sits on Saba's shoulder.) As the story progresses, you pass through several diverse places. Some are forested, others are abandoned "wrecker" towns, and some are big, trashy, hellish cities. There's even a castle. It's pretty amazing. 

CHARACTERS: Let me just say that I love Saba. She will literally go to the ends of the earth for those she loves. She won't give up- ever. She's brave and strong. And she really, really grows as  a character. At first, she's cold and hard- the only person she really loves is Lugh. But as you get into the book,  Saba starts making friends, learning to trust,and  learning to love. I've never been able to really get a sense of character growth before, but this book definitely had that element. Another character that grew substantially thought the book was Emmi. She starts as a pouty crybaby, and by the end of the book, she's as fierce and brave as her big sister. She was my favorite character. 
 And then, there is Jack. Jack is just... hot. Smart. Funny. Sarcastic. And he loves Saba- a lot. You can tell he's been through a lot. He acts hard on the outside, but on the inside, he's mushy. Like a roasted marshmallow. (Yes. I totally just used that description.) He's the water to Saba's fire. 
 Some other important characters are Ash, Epona, and Maev. My favorite is probably Epona- She's smart and possibly the bravest one in the book. I like Maev and Ash okay, but Maev isn't mind blowing and something about Ash annoys me. I don't know.
 And the whole reason for the book: Lugh. He was the ONLY problem I had with the book. I would have liked to know him a little better, so I could see why Saba adored him so much. I get it, they're twins. They've gotta be close, and I know they are. I just wish that we had gotten to see him a bit more. 

PLOT: The plot in this book is addictive. All Saba wanted was to get her brother back, but as she learns about exactly why he was taken from her, she realizes that she's gonna have to do a lot more than taking down a few guys and untying some rope. There's even mythical creatures- hellwurms- which I did not expect but is totally awesome. The fight scenes are epic, but haven't I already mentioned that? Well, it deserves to be mentioned twice. They are EPIC. I really, completely, totally recomend this book. It's a great summer read. 

FIRST SENTENCE: "Lugh got born first."

LAST SENTENCE: "Hey, he says, what're you doin back there? I ain't got a clue where we're goin. Git on up here and lead the way.
 So I do."



Great review :) I loved this book too!

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