Title: Blood Red Road
Author(s): Moira Young
Reading Level/Genre: YA Dystopic
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (June 7th 2011)
This title was one I'd posted on a wishlist and so I was thrilled when I had the chance to read it through Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab program. It's about a girl named Saba and her determination to find her best friend and twin brother, Lugh, after he's been mysteriously stolen away from their home by a strange a brutal group of men.
The reading was hard going at first because of it being written in dialect and the words spelled in ungrammatical phonetics, but after about page 50 or 60 I got into it.
And that's when I really began to fall into Saba's world. So give it a chance for the rhythm of the book to get going and to get comfortable with the speech.
Saba is an 18 year old with a twin brother and 9 year old sister. They live in a remote, dried up place with their father and their existence is harsh. But it's about to get much worse of course, and that's where the journey begins. Though the book is reminiscent of Hunger Games in its dystopic-ness, strong female lead, and never shying away from violence, it is also VERY much its OWN STORY.
And what a story it is! I swear, at first I didn't much care for Saba and her immaturity and coldness but she really did grow on me as her journey changes and affects her in ways she couldn't have expected.
And Saba does grow and so do her relationships and trust in people overall. This is book one in the series but it had an ending that left you wanting more without feeling cheated too! I'll definitely be getting myself the Dustlands series.
Special Thanks to GalleyGrab/Simon &Schuster for the opportunity to read the eARC.