Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1) by Moira Young

(Dustlands #1) 
Author(s): Moira Young
Reading Level/Genre: YA Dystopic
Hardcover: 464 pages
ISBN: 9781442429987
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.


  1. Hi Bella! It's so nice to read your review on this one. It's in my reading list. But oh, I need more time to read it. I'm a slow ebook reader. I've read raving reviews on this one. Great review!

  2. Thanks Precious:)
    I'm actually a pretty slow reader too but in all formats lol
    And this one took me a longer time than usual because sometimes the dialect confused me but it's worth the time!

  3. Knowing my life it will take me until three years from now to read this book. I'll find myself in the YA section of the Strand bookstore in NYC in 2014 and I'll suddenly remember that some cool blogger woman had written about a good series and then I'll buy 1-3 and read them all in a week. Actually, I really do hope I forget for a few years so that I won't have to wait a year in between each book, lol. Thanks for the review!

  4. LOL thnx for your lovely comment NiteLite!
    I love that scenario; I too have trouble waiting a year between each book but since I'm a sucker for pretty covers I'm sure to continue my *suffering* as ever more exciting new books catch my eye and lure me to them like the sirens they are. And I hope u get to read all the series in one cozy weekend without the wait:)