The story itself is a little odd, but the voice in which it is told is so, so, so impressive! The style of the writing conveys the main character's personality perfectly; I'm jealous that I could never write something so well. It was a lot of fun to read a dystopian future novel told in the voice of someone who felt like she was from the wild west.
Saba and her family live in a desolate wasteland and when her brother goes missing, she goes on a quest to find him. Along the way, she gains sidekicks (whether she wants to or not) and sees that there is, in fact, “civilization” outside of her home. Holy wow, yall. Saba is one bad mother —-! With the blurb on the cover saying that this is “better than The Hunger Games”, Blood Red Road had a lot to live up to. But did it actually meet my expectations? YES, it did.
It was so unique. I listened to it on audiobook and it was clear that Saba had a heavy accent. I’ve talked to people who have read the book and they have said that the frequent mispellings to show the accent were very distracting so if that’s something that you think might distract you, definitely try the audiobook. I really enjoyed the voice actor.
Blood Red Road was beautifully crafted and I can’t wait to read its sequel, Rebel Heart, which comes out in October 30th, 2012. Fans of Graceling’s Katsa and The Hunger Games’ Katniss, will love Saba!
Oh my goodness, this is the kind of book I live fore\!! Never wanted it to end. What a wonderful heroine, tough girl after her stolen brother and the things she has to go thru and the people she meets. And a huge STANDING OVATION to Heather Lind, she captured the character so well.
Not creative or different enough.
Saba is on a journey to find and free her kidnaped brother Lugh. As she travels she meets bad people and creatures that try to harm her.
This might be appropriate for teenagers who are not looking for the creativity and specialness that I want. Conversations were ordinary. Events were predictable. Things have been done before. For example, Saba and her sister Em meet bad lady Mrs. P. Mrs. P prepares food with a sleeping drug and serves it to Saba and Em. When her husband asks for food, Mrs. P says that’s not for you. (A little too obvious to the reader?) That should have been a clue to Saba. But no, Saba eats it and falls asleep. There are better ways to drug Saba without telling the husband in front of Saba “that food is not for you.”
Parents, if you’re looking for books for your teens, this might not be your first choice. Words are intentionally misspelled using phonetic spellings. And the grammar is off. The entire book is first person Saba. Her speech makes me think of an illiterate hillbilly. Examples: He lays hisself back down. He don’t know. He cain’t believe. Ain’t. My eyes is gritty. I says. Why’d ya do that fer? Some reviewers have said it was mentally taxing to read an entire book of phonetic spellings, but the audiobook avoids that problem.
Saba’s personality didn’t do anything for me. Several times she insists on things that are wrong or jumps to conclusions that are wrong. She is mean to her sister. I don’t have to love every heroine. But Saba’s flaws were not done in a way that entertained me.
The cage fighting scenes are not shown. I’m reminded of Ender’s Game where I was so impressed at what Ender did to win each conflict. Here we don’t see what Saba does in her fights. We are told she wins. The main detail is “the red hot” takes over, her rage.
The narrator Heather Lind was good.
Genre: young adult dystopia
Story was good but the performance was terrible. Words and names were pronounced inconsistently, tone and voice did not match storyline (text states yelling but performer was whispering, etc) and character "voices" kept changing.
My mother says I've regressed, but I say that young adult dystopian novels are exactly what they should be: entertaining. I specifically read them because they aren't intellectually challenging or emotionally exhausting. For the half-hour commute home from work, I (hope to) lose myself in a world of high-stakes adventure and impossible young love. Most of the time, the writing is okay. It exists to tell the story but not for itself (Divergent, Hunger Games). Occasionally (Delirium, Matched) the writing is so distractingly bad that I can't even make it to the story.
Then, there is Blood Red Road and the other two Dust Lands books. Not only do we get a great adventure story full of love, life and death, but we get great writing, unique character voices, and innovative language. The imaginative vocabulary - "I'm afeared, Jack" - gave Saba her own voice.
Lonesome Dove for the stark landscape, compelling cast of characters, and epic adventure.
Heather Lind did a great job capturing Jack's swagger, but she became the voice of Saba more than anyone else.
From the dust comes hope.
The story has some interesting moments but tends to be a bit flat and it is predictable, as are the characters. The writing is good and the descriptions are generally vivid.
Heather Lind reads well and has an interesting way of interpreting shouting which is effective without being loud. Her accents are appropriate.
All in all, an average listen with nothing really negative but nothing outstanding either.
Some of the dialog seemed predictable and so did the overall plot. The characters seemed a little too one-dimensional...but the pace was good enough to keep the story moving and I was never tempted to give up on it. I will watch the movie when it comes out and I will read the next in the series.