Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

genre: young adult

Saba and Lugh. Twins and firm companions.  In their dry and desolate word, Lugh is the only thing that keeps Saba sane.  And then he's ruthlessly taken.  Despite never having left home, Saba knows that there is nothing to do but bring him back.

And luckily, Saba's a fighter.  A scrambler, with a great fighting sense and a love for her brother that burns bright enough to help her endure.  If only there was as straight and easy road to finding Lugh but of course, there's not.  Saba falls deep into the cruel underbelly of a future Earth, where it's every man for himself and knowing who to trust becomes the difference between life and death.

This was great fun - like a wild west dystopian story, a fantastic romantic storyline (that did take a bit long to enter the plot) and enough plot twists and strange creatures to almost make me want to call it science fiction.  One thing, that took some getting used to and that I never actually liked, was the dialect.  Wild-west twang all written out.  The entire book.  I wasn't a fan.  I saw the ending coming from 2/3 of the way through the book but I really did appreciate the story enough to want to watch how we got there.  Saba's a great character - her romantic interest is fantastic.  Their  humorously antagonistic relationship was one of the highlights of the book, for sure.

Clearly, there will be a sequel.  I'll be watching for it.

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bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see you liked this book, but I'm not sure it's for me with it's science fiction feel and the dialect you mentioned.

heavenisabookstore said...

This one is on my list of want to read. Interesting how the dialect can make a difference in how we feel about the book. Nice review!

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