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
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.
Rarely do I come across a book that I find very little in it that I liked. Blood Red Road is an exception. There were so few elements to it that I found enjoyable that I still can not believe I made it to the end. Especially, without the loss of hair or my sanity.
I'll start with the writing style. Blood Red Road is a futuristic dystopian, yet everyone talks like it takes place in the 1800's. I was espectin (yes, that is how they would say expecting) some toothless gold miner's to come rushing into the story. It's a lot of fer (for), yer (you're), babbies (babies), britches (pants), afeared (afraid, scared)... I'm sure you get the point.
Now, I understand that Saba and her siblings are raised in a remote setting with the lack of any sort of education or influence. Therefore, it is understandable that they would have some lazy way of speaking. However, almost everyone in this world speaks this way. It was worthy of some pretty major teeth grinding on my part. It felt too contrived, too forced and really unnecessary. I don't think it needed to be such a big part of the book and I felt it took away from the story.
Saba is horrid at first and by the end only slightly better. She's stubborn in the most awful ways, she's rude to damn near everyone, she is plainly the biggest bitch ever to her little nine year old sister and is entirely too obsessed with her twin brother. She would, quite literally, abandon her sister Emmi to get her brother back from his kidnappers. I spent about 75% of the book disliking her, the other 25% scratching my head.
She, somehow, manages to rally up quite the cast of helpers. I'm still confused by what they saw in her at first. But, the gang that helps her out are pretty remarkable characters and I enjoyed them quite a bit. The girl gang who go by Free Hawks were quite fun and I would like to read more about them - assuming they learn how to speak in somewhat proper English.
The villain was not a villain, he was a joke. I don't know where the hell the idea of him came from but I did not get it what so ever. I won't say what is so clown-like about him because I like to be spoiler free, but - wow, just wow, really? He didn't even seem like a threat. I don't know, I'm starting to ramble here. I'll stop now.
As far as the audio goes, if the narrator was directed to make every character sound dull and slow-witted; job well done.
I feel like this is a about as harsh of a review as I ever post and though I am not alone in my feelings on Blood Red Road, I am in the minority.
Yes I would. I found the book really sucks you in and sets the scenery for the apocalyptic wasteland perfectly. Many of the books I read focus on the immediate aftermath of a post apocalyptic event, whereas this one was likely many decades later. Because of the time that has past the pre-apocalyptic people (known as Wreckers) are all but a legend and technological advances we enjoy on a day to day basis are objects of mystery and tall tales.
The book had the right amount of action, drama, character development and world exploration. I really enjoyed Young's setting and hope she writes more within it, perhaps even with different characters or parts of the land. I do in the meantime intend to pick up volume 2 and 3 of the series.
I really enjoyed the character of Saba in general. A few times her whole "loner who doesn't let anyone in" got irritating but overall she was awesome. Additionally I have to say the obsession she had with Lugh, seemed pretty unhealthy almost incestuous. I mean I get he was her twin and she loved him but she seemed almost obsessed with him. I felt that was laid on a little too thickly, but it got better after a bit.
The parts that highlighted Saba as "The Angel" were great.All her scenes as a fighter in Hopetown were awesome and you could really relate to and empathize with her.
No this is the first one. I have to say I really enjoyed her delivery and pronunciation. I don't know what some people are complaining about. Yes it sounded a bit southern, but it is important to remember the setting is long after the modern day. Accents shift and evolve, words change etc. This is especially true in a relatively low tech world with no formal education.
I would absolutely listen to Heather Lind narrating again, and in fact plan on getting volume 2 and 3 of the series soon.
Yes I actually really enjoyed it and found myself looking forward to the next listening session.
I tend to really enjoy books in the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres, but there are not many female authors writing in that space. I stumbled upon this book as a recommendation on Audible and wanted to give it a try.
I am very glad I did. A female writer certainly emphasizes different aspects than a male writer and portrays scenes differently. For instance the romance with Saba and Jack seemed far more in depth and rich than most male writers seem to develop in their works. Also it was really nice to hear a female voice in all the post apocalypse madness.
I made it all the way into chapter 3 before the "Little House on the Prairie" dialoguewas too much for me. Why the hell would future apocalypse survivors talk like the Beverly Hillbillies? The only things missing were Saba's brother being called Billy-Joe_jim-Bob and "Pa" saying "Wellllllll, doggies!" Like Jed Clampett.
This book is compared to The Hunger Gmaes. Why? Katniss and her crew came from the heart of yocal country (Appalachians, West Virginia) and they didn't sound like their ma granny and sister were all the same person.
Concept? I don't honestly know.
Execution? Epic fail, if you're not a naive 12-year old girl.
The world building is well done and the characters pull you in. I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was. Unique voice throughout really immersed me in the story, and was well-performed.
Only two things to criticize:
1) the story was predictable, but very entertaining as I said
2) the narration made the unique voice feel and sound natural, EXCEPT for when a character was yelling or raising their voice - I always felt aware of the microphone when this happened.
Otherwise, definitely worth a listen.