Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
©2011 Moira Young (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Lately I have started way too many audio books and not been able to finish any of them. This one however hooked me right away and didn't let go.
The voice of the main character, Saba, is fresh and unique. The language is minimalistic, at times broken, and seems to be taken right out of the wild west. Though from the hints dropped by the author it seems the story is set in the future after civilization as we know it is no more. This is the first book in a series and while the main storyline wraps up nicely, I was still left with many lingering questions I'm hoping will be answered in forthcoming installments.
One of my favorite things about this novel was how the author made me care about the characters. They were fleshed out, completely three dimensional and utterly human. You see rather than being told how Saba and other character grow throughout the hardships they face. As an animal lover, I also loved the bond between Saba and her crow Nero.
The book is action packed and I didn't find any spots where the story really dragged. I really liked the immediacy created by the first person, present tense narration. I felt like I was right there with the characters experiencing everything they did.
Now for the romance. The romance was sweet and totally appropriate for teens. I can see how the author plans to build on the relationships developed in the first book and I'm hoping she delves deeper into other characters...like the mysterious Demalo. Jack, the love interest in the book challenges Saba and it's nice to see her fight against her feelings and finally, finally give into them. Overall this was an exceptional debut novel. It was unique, surprising, and a whole lot of fun! The narration was spot on as well and I'm hoping they stick with Ms. Lind for upcoming books in this series.
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This is my first audiobook, but I wanted to try one that I knew would be good. Blood Red Road and Heather Lind do NOT disappoint! It will be hard to find another as good as this.
The dialect and narrative is just rich.
This started quite slowly for me, so slowly I actually stopped listening for quite some time. Then one day I started listening again the the story really caught my attention. It may be the pace that the reader, Heather Lind, set was why it took some time for me to become more engaged. Her pacing was very measured and deliberate regardless of how action filled a particular scene might be. Having said that, I enjoyed her reading, enjoyed the different voices she used for each character. She gave a sort of ???country??? lilt to each character, a bit rough, with touches of colloquialisms.
The story itself is based in a post-apocaliptic world, one that is pretty grim with people scrabbling to survive. The main character is Saba, a tough, hard 18 year girl whose world is ripped apart by the murder of her father and the kidnapping of Lou, her twin brother. She sets off with her 11 year old sister Emmie, to rescue their brother. Of course along the way they run into a number of difficult situations and a number of people, good and bad, who either help them or try to hurt them.
Author Moira Young does a wonderful job of describing the world Saba inhabits. Bit by bit, new characters join the story and a mystery starts to unfold. Why was Lou kidnapped? Who are the Ton Tons and why do they have so much power? Who is the mysterious king who rules with terror and absolute sway over the people? And who is Jack?
The story ends complete in and of itself but there are enough lingering questions to let the reader know that there will probably be a second book!
Heather Lind was amazing. Different vioces different tones and her 'western' accent was perfect. I'm so glad this book was made into audio because I never would have had the patience to read it as written. The book itself was good- good plot great characters great description. Heather Lind gave a flawless performace and I am very eagerly awaiting her next work.
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I highly recommend this book! This richly imaginative and detailed story is so unusual and original it's almost startling in a good way. The author displays first-class talent in her writing, especially considering her use of a non-standard (and non-contemporary) speaking style to tell the whole story in first person. A brave (risky?) artistic choice that I believe will continue to pay off for her. I look forward to more from Ms. Young, and hopefully more with these characters.
This is one of the brightest debuts of any author I've read in a very long time. A dystopian novel that can not be compared to any other. With a hint of Cormac McCarthy and a tinge of Suzanne Collins this is undoubtly going to be a hit. Destined for the big screen!
The characters are very relatable. I really like Saba and I like to hear everything from her point of view. I like how tough but vulnerable the characters are. Plus I enjoyed both the love story and the struggle for survival.
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.
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