By Moira Young
Publication date: Oct. 30, 2012
Margaret K. McElderry, 432 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com 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.