Fri, November 30, 2012

Rebel Heart by Moira Young Review

Rebel Heart book cover

Rebel Heart book cover

Rebel Heart
By Moira Young
Publication date: Oct. 30, 2012
Margaret K. McElderry, 432 pages
Source: Publisher

Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy.

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

— description

I really wish I were a stronger person. A better reader. Less shallow. If I were, I have a feeling I just would have just adored Rebel Heart by Moira Young.

But I’m not — I’m weak. And this book made me feel craaaaazy! I’m not going to tell you what happened — just that it wasn’t what I wanted to happen and Saba is on my shit list. And that I don’t deal with that well as a reader.

All of you good, strong readers are probably going to read this and be like: “Wow, this book really challenged me,” and “I didn’t agree with the main character, but she made her own choices.” You like it when books make you feel like you’ve lost your shiz.

Not me. That being said: Moira Young totally wins for making me feel that invested. Her books make me feel things. I don’t like feeling those things, but I think she knew what she was doing when she wrote this.

And kudos to her for bringing back many of the things I loved about book one in this series, Blood Red Road: the writing, the voice, the action and the characters. Just, you know, not their choices. Sigh. I’ll grow stronger with time, I swear.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. We Heart YA said:

    Lol what an… interesting, review.

    We haven’t read BLOOD RED ROAD yet, but we definitely want to, based on all the good things we’ve heard about it. And now you’ve got us super intrigued about this sequel!


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  2. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I suck at life and haven’t finished the audiobook for Blood Red Road yet. It’s not the book’s fault – it’s actually a problem with my iTunes not downloading it correctly, but oh… I should make Apple fix this soon so I can get back to listening. I need to be prepared for this one.


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  3. manda-rae said:

    Now I want to read this sequel even more. I’m wondering if I’ll like the book or be like you and not like it. It takes a lot for me to like a book if I’m not liking the main character.


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  4. Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said:

    I TOTALLY feel ya on this one. WTF Saba?!? I dunno, it was nuts. I have no idea where Young will take things next…but I know I’ll read. it. 🙂 Great review!!


    Posted on: Fri, November 30, 2012

  5. Julia @ That Hapa Chick said:

    Awww bummer this one wasn’t as good as Blood Red Road. Characters making annoying choices can definitely ruin my enjoyment of a novel. I’ll still be picking this one up though. 🙂


    Posted on: Fri, November 30, 2012

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