Beverly B, August 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Blood Red Road is suspenseful and action packed. Saba's home is very small, safe and isolated. The outside world is very dangerous and violent, but Saba leaves her home to go on a mission and will not be stopped. The plot drags a little at first as characters are being introduced and the dystopian world described, but after Saba is captured and in enslaved for ultimate fighting, the action is nonstop. Saba is 18 and has never traveled more than a couple miles from her home out in the middle of nowhere. She grew up hearing stories from her father of how dangerous and violent the world was. One day men come and take her twin brother away. Saba sets out to find and rescue him. She discovers that the stories of her father were not exaggerated.
Carol Stabile, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Carol Stabile)
It was hard to settle on just one nomination for this award, but I remember loving this YA novel, which turned the hackneyed, reactionary language of novels where girls are represented as incompetent and incapable of protecting themselves on its head and created a heroine of epic proportions (kind of like Katniss in The Hunger Games, but I think overall, the novel is more original and better-written). Think of this as the Twilight antidote!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Young's powerful debut, first in the Dustlands series, is elevated above its now familiar postapocalyptic setting by an intriguing prose style and strong narrative voice that show a distinct Cormac McCarthy vibe. When 18-year-old Saba's father is killed and her twin brother, Lugh, is kidnapped, she sets out to rescue him, along with their younger sister, Emmi, and Saba's intelligent raven, Nero. Their travels across the desert wasteland bring them to a violent city in which Saba is forced to fight for her life in an arena. When she escapes with the help of a group of women warriors, she and her new allies (including a handsome and infuriating male warrior named Jack) try to prevent Lugh from being sacrificed. Young's writing style — channeled through Saba's wonderfully defined narrative voice — may be off-putting at first, but readers will quickly get used to the lack of quotation marks and idiosyncratic spelling and punctuation ('There ain't nuthin written in the stars. They're jest lights in the sky') and be riveted by the book's fast-paced mix of action and romance. It's a natural for Hunger Games fans. Ages 14 — up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner,
"Blood Red Road will capture any reader who picks it up. I love everything about Saba — her language, her intensity, her heart. Everyone should read her story."
by Nancy Farmer, author of The House of the Scorpion,
"I absolutely loved Blood Red Road. What a great read! Moira Young goes over the top with a most engaging heroine. Saba is a crusty, foul-tempered warrior woman who must be covered in scar tissue by the end of the book, but men still follow her around like starving wolves. The dialogue is fast and often humorous, the pace never lets up. No situation is so bad that it can't get worse in the next couple of pages. I especially liked the awakening of the hellwurms as they emerge to feed. Well done, Ms. Young!"
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