Thu, June 16, 2011
Blood Red Road
By Moira Young
June 7, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry, 464 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
I’d describe this book as Gladiator
meets Hunger Games
meets Lord of the Rings
. Oh, sure, I’m sick of hearing “It’s the next Hunger Games
,” and I’m sure you are too.
But, no. Seriously. It’s good like that.
First, you’ll have to get over the author’s writing style. It’s all told in Saba’s country-esque twang. “And” becomes “an” and things are misspelled and there’s not quotation marks and pretty every single gerund lost the “g” at the end.
Good lord, I feel for the copy editors on this book.
But after stumbling through a few chapters, I was hearing Saba’s voice in my head (think Holly Hunter) and it became easy to translate. Soon, I was swept away in the story.
And oh what a story! This is the classic quest story, epic in every sense. And the main character is full of grit, willing to spit in the face of anyone trying to get in her way. Another book I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for an adventure story (plus, romance, friendship and some classic good vs. evil). Please check it out!
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab for my review copy of this book.