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.
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.
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.
Just a little bibliophile! ;)
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.
Definitely not better than "Hunger Games" trilogy. Characters were predictable, juvenile, and shallow. Absence of significant character development and not enough in-depth revealing of their thought and emotional processes causes me to not connect or invest in the story. Plot was slow and cumbersome. The narrator's attempt at a southern accent was distracting and irritating. Won't be continuing the trilogy.
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!
I enjoyed Jack's character but hated how Heather made him sound the same throughout the entire book, as if his only personality was sly and/or flirty.
Her southern charm.
The cave scene between Saba and Jack, when he threw the torch down (you'll know what I'm talking about when you get there).
As mentioned before, Heather's interpretation of Jack was very annoying. As if he were flirting 24/7, even when they were fighting creatures or yelling. I think his voice would have sounded much differently to me had I read it myself. I also don't like how the main character acted so childish and got so offended, by everything, all the time. And her 'lust' for her brother made me think of Cersei and Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones. Overall, though, the story was good, and I plan on reading (listening) to the next book in this series.
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I read the book Blood Red Road upon its release last year and liked it a lot. It has a different vibe than the other YA dystopians on the shelf and it’s one I recommend frequently. The author’s distinctive writing style translates well to audio, and I think I enjoyed listening to the book even more than reading it. The story holds up well and is as action packed and intense as ever.
Blood Red Road is the story of a girl named Saba whose life falls apart when four cloaked horsemen kidnap her twin brother Lugh. She sets out to rescue him, and much to her dismay her little sister is along for the ride. Saba and her family have lived in isolation in the sandstorm-stricken Silverlake, and now she has to venture into the scary unknown to try to keep her promise to her brother. On her journey she finds out what she’s really made of as her character faces several dangerous challenges.
Saba ‘s strength and determination made me root for her. She rises to every challenge and doesn’t back down from her chosen path – a true survivor. She’s not perfect, and she still has a lot to learn, but I liked seeing her come into her own and grow throughout the book.
Along the way Saba meets several characters on her journey, some more helpful than others. The secondary characters fill in some of the missing details in Saba’s knowledge about the politics of their world. Some of the characters are fairly mysterious and I hope to find out more about them in the sequel. I also liked the dynamic between Saba and her love interest Jack and am curious to see how that progresses.
One thing that tripped me up a little when I read it the first time is the writing style. Saba’s character can’t read or write and her character’s dialogue is written phonetically. I found it a bit of a challenge to get through initially, but eventually I was caught up in the story and appreciated the style choice. With the audiobook, Heather Lind narrates with an accent and makes it easier to get immersed in the story. She gives a distinct voice to all the characters and brings them to life. Lind does a nice job portraying Saba in her different emotional states, and also Jack sounds just about how I’d imagine he’d sound. In this case, I think the audiobook experience improves upon the book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Though I like all the action and adventure of the entire book, the first half sticks with me more. Listening to it again helped me to fill in some of the holes in my memory from the second half, getting me up to speed for the sequel. Being the first book of a trilogy, there are a lot of mysteries left unsolved, though the book is still pretty satisfying on it’s own. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series, and think Blood Red Road has the potential to be a very cool movie.
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