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i loved the relationships that starte to grow! i never read a book with this kind or style of how the characters alked but it made the book even better if thats even possible
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but I didn't care for the protagonist
This YA Dystopian debut by Canadian author, Moira Young, is pretty good. It won numerous literary awards, including: Sunburst Award Nominee for Young Adult (2012), Costa Book Award for Children's Book (2011), Cybils Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult) (2011), and Teen Buckeye Book Award Nominee (2012).
Saba and her twin brother, Lugh, are 18 years...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but I didn't care for the protagonist,
This review is from: Blood Red Road (Audio CD)This YA Dystopian debut by Canadian author, Moira Young, is pretty good. It won numerous literary awards, including: Sunburst Award Nominee for Young Adult (2012), Costa Book Award for Children's Book (2011), Cybils Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult) (2011), and Teen Buckeye Book Award Nominee (2012).
Saba and her twin brother, Lugh, are 18 years old. They are as close as siblings can be, and Saba lives and breathes for Lugh. For the most part, they have been raised by their father. Their mother died in childbirth when their younger sister, Emmi, was born when the twins were 10 years old. Saba is resentful of Emmy and blames her for causing their mother's death. Lugh is the kinder one, and he does what he can to make Emmi happy.
Saba's father, Willem, reads the stars. Lugh thinks it is nonsense, but Saba believes her father when he warns her to be strong and not give into fear because, one day, Lugh and Emmi and many others will need her. He makes her promise to never give up, and she assures him that she is not a quitter. Four horsemen come, and they take Lugh away. Willem is killed during the melee, and Saba promises Lugh that she will find him.
Saba and Emmi now only have each other. Willem always told Saba to go to Crosscreek and find Mercy, who was her mother's friend, should anything happen. It is a three-day journey on foot. Saba explains what has happened and asks Mercy to look after Emmi while she goes off in search for Lugh. Mercy agrees, and Saba sets off. Saba gets captured and is taken to Hopetown, where her head is shaved and she is forced to engage in cage fights against other women. She earns the nickname of "The Angel of Death." There, she meets a mysterious man named Jack who is another cage-fighter. Saba discovers that Lugh has been taken to place in the mountains called Freedom Fields and that the King intends to kill him on Midsummer's Eve. Every six years, an 18 year-old boy who was born on Midwinter's Eve is sacrificed because the King believes that his power will be renewed by the sacrificed boy's spirit. Saba has to find Lugh before it is too late.
I thought that the premise of the story was great, but I really did not care for Saba. She is self-absorbed and selfish, and I loathed the way that she treated Emmi. I felt really sad for Emmi, having been brought into a world where no one really cared for her. Willem was never the same after his wife died, and Saba rebuffed Emmi because she was the reason why their mother died. If it wasn't for Lugh, Emmi would have had a miserable existence. What is even more heart-breaking is that Emmi is used to the neglect and does not expect anything more from Saba! So sad. Saba does evolve during the course of the book, and she ends up a better person than she started out. I do like how Young showed Saba's strength in the face of adversity.
Aside from having a hard time embracing the heroine of the story, Saba, I had a really hard time with the dialog in the story. Nearly every line of dialog ends with either "I says," "he says," or "she says." It is so redundant, and there is no variation.
Heather Lind is a new-to-me narrator, and I had a hard time with her narration in the beginning. Her soft-spoken voice practically lulled me to sleep, and it took a while before I was able to get into the story. She was "just okay" for me.
Overall, I like the book enough to want to read the next book in the series, Rebel Heart, which was released in October 2012.
I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
2.0 out of 5 stars Our hero is more lucky than good.,
This review is from: Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1 (Paperback)While the plot of this book held great potential I felt that the narrative devices used in this book were weak at best. The writing style of this book is difficult to follow and comes off as clumsy for most of the story.
With the exception of Saba (our hero) the other characters are one dimensional and their decisions lack any kind of internal consistency. A character will be a brute one minute and a savior the next without any explanation or reason. As if the author couldn't be bothered to devote time to develop motivations or histories on any secondary characters.
Then there is the adventure itself which seems to be more about Saba being lucky then possessing any kind of skill or survival instinct. Every difficult situation Saba finds herself in seems to be resolved by lucky circumstance or an impossible coincidence rather than any effort on Saba's part. Every character she encounters is also either the one person who just happens to have the knowledge she needs to go to the next stage of her quest or someone who will drop everything they are doing to help her. Given the narrative sets up a cruel, harsh and untrusting world I found this overabundance of trust and helpfulness from everyone she meets a little difficult to swallow.
At the end of the day the book is 450 page of Saba feeling sorry for herself while her quest is more about happenstance and fortuitous circumstance than the cunning survivalist heroine the book jacket leads us to believe.
Better than the Hunger Games... I think not.
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This review is from: Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1 (Kindle Edition)i loved the relationships that starte to grow! i never read a book with this kind or style of how the characters alked but it made the book even better if thats even possible
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This review is from: Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1 (Kindle Edition)I enjoyed this book so much because it started off slow but then it actually got really interesting and exciting. I would rate it a for because the writing was different and took me a while to get used to.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars,
This review is from: Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1 (Paperback)I had heard really good things about Blood Red Road and of course the quote on the cover -- "Better than The Hunger Games . . . This book will blow you away." -- made me want to read it! Better than The Hunger Games? No way! But, even if it's close, I gotta check it out. So, I started reading it and was thrown into this crazy writing style. K, the characters in this society have accents and say things like "jest" instead of "just" and "an" instead of "and" and so on. But, the thing that I found really strange was that this twang of theirs was in the narration as well as the dialogue. If it was just the dialogue, it wouldn't have been as bad. Oh, and there's no quotation marks! What? This drove me nuts! I wanted to stop reading at the beginning. I read one chapter and was like okay, I can't read a whole book like this! It's going to take me forever to get through! But ... but ... I had heard such great things about it. So, I went on Goodreads to look at some reviews. Most of them complained about the writing and how it's hard to get through, but once you get used to it, it's soooo worth it. So, I proceeded.
The story was good. There was a good amount of action and a touch of romance. This story takes place in a dystopian society, but it's not clear that it's a dystopia right away. The narrator, Saba, and her family live isolated, away from any cities or any other people. But, then, some strangers come and kidnap Saba's brother, Lugh, destroying her family and everything she's ever known. So, she goes on an adventure in an attempt to come to Lugh's rescue and learns a lot about her society along the way.
The characters were okay. I'm not sure they were all too memorable, but they were good enough. I hated Saba at first. I didn't like the way she treated her little sister, Emmi. But, Saba grows throughout the novel and becomes likeable. Jack is Saba's love interest. He is very likeable. But, I wouldn't say he's one of my favourite leading men.
Overall, I liked this book. It was definitely NOT better than The Hunger Games! I would recommend it for the story, but I think an audio book version would probably be better. I read this book with my husband and, at a certain point, we decided it might be better if we took turns reading it aloud to each other. It was better. But, it took way longer. I liked that this book stands apart from most other novels in the Dystopia genre. Extra points for uniqueness! I am also interested in reading the second book in the series, Rebel Heart, but I'm not dying to have it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be put on the same pedestal as Hunger Games!!,
Remember Mad Max? well the world is something like this. Dry, desert, hot. Blazing hot. The setting was so descriptive and rich you can feel the heat, the sweat, and the dryness. It sure seems like a very desolate lonely world, but the world building is wonderful and so rich and detailed. It’s a perfect setting for this type of novel and it’s extremely well done.
I loved Saba. She’s tough, she’s gritty, she’s not afraid to get dirty and to fight tooth and nail to get to Lugh. She treats her little sister like dirt, and yes I did find the little kid annoying, I would have hated to be in her shoes if she ever got Saba angry. But, you have to give credit to Emmi, she does talk back. As the story progresses, Emmi does grow on me and she’s definitely got the same strength Saba’s got. I love the bantering between Jack and Saba. There was chemistry there and with Saba’s bad temper it just made their interactions absolutely fun to read at times. The characters overall in this book were excellent. There was nothing to dislike! I also loved the Free Hawks. It was just awesome reading a girl gang who are able to survive on their own!
The action scenes are also really good (there’s worm like creatures! it’s like the sandworms from Dune except evil and really really aggressive!!! I squeed when I read this part!) the entire plot of this book was engaging, interesting and could not stop you from reading. It was literally, a page turner.
The only thing I had an issue with is Saba’s narration. It’s different, and took me a few tries to follow but you do get used to it as you read through the story.
Other than that, fans of the Hunger Games would LOVE THIS! and SHOULD READ THIS! drop everything else and give this one a try. It’s one of the best dystopian books I’ve read that definitely should share the pedestal that the Hunger Games is on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Review from Esther's Ever After,
Reasons to Read:
Saba is actually a really interesting person to read about. She's rude, callous, and incredibly strong. Usually, people like that tend to turn me off. But for Saba, it really worked. While I said that she was fairly insensitive, I could really tell just how much she loved Lugh. From page one, he is mentioned in only the highest regards. When he was taken, I felt her pain. I could tell that the amount that because she loved Lugh so much, losing him was making her go mad. Maybe it was just me, but I when I was reading some times, she really seemed to be losing her grip on her sanity. She's completely disinterested in helping anybody else but herself, but I found that I couldn't help but like her. I mean, she had every single reason to be as hard and bitter as she was. She was a completely realistic character that I thoroughly enjoyed.
2. The Post-Apocalyptic World
The world that Saba and all the other characters live in I found to be thoroughly enjoyable. After the apocalypse happens, the world is basically one big wasteland. Unlike some other novels set in the future, there wasn't really any amazing technology. Some things were different, such as a sand-surfing ship, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I really liked the way that it was explained, too. The world is really, really messed up, which I found to be a cool take. You can't really trust anyone in this world, and nobody has a reason to trust you. Everyone in this world wants something, and is working purely for themselves.
3. The Adventure
If you couldn't tell from the title, Blood Red Road, this novel's main focus is Saba's journey to find her brother Lugh. While there were some delays in this journey, I thought that it was thoroughly enjoyable. There are a full range of characters out, all with unique personalities. Aside from that, the action was awesome! There were tons of battles, and fights, and chase scenes that I found to be exhilerating. I was excited, scared, and just plain frustrated throughout the entire adventure. The adventure was thoroughly enjoyable.
4. The Language
This is probably the most controversial part of the book. Saba has a very thick southern-style accent, and the book is written that way. While I found it disorienting at first, I got used to it by the end of the novel. I actually really liked it, and thought it fit in really well to the story. If you don't mind reading a little bit of broken English, then I don't think that you will mind to much.
Although I did love this book, the one thing that I didn't like was how there were no quotation marks around the characters' dialogues. This was a bit disorienting at times, when I thought Saba would be saying something, but it would actually just be in her thoughts. Overall though, I think that this book was really well done and exceeded by expectations.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Red Road,
I think that my largest complaint with this book is that at times it seemed that the sole reason it had been written was so that it could become a movie-I found the descriptions of the characters, setting, and the likes of to be quite lacking (I am under the opinion that this was done so that it could easily be converted into a script, with little editing needed). Take Lugh, for instance, Saba makes him out to be such an amazing person (I believe that she refers to him as being "the sun" on multiple occasions) and from what we saw of him, I must admit that I wasn't impressed- if anything Saba is the sun because the story revolves around her and she is truly the bright point of this book (despite being "prickly" on occasion).
As for the plot? Well, I just found it to be too simplistic and formalistic- I just felt like it only ever went in one direction (ie. Plot Point A> Plot Point B> Plot Point C> Plot Point D, sometimes its nice when things are shaken up, ie. Plot Point A> Plot Point B> Plot Point D> Plot Point C- at times it almost seemed that the plot was working too well in the characters favour).
I personally didn't have a problem with this book being written in dialect, but that being said, I don't think that it added to the book whatsoever (as opposed to something like the crossed out words in Tahereh Mafi's "Shatter Me").
I think that the best part of this book (aside from the ever-prickly Saba and the swoon-worthy Jack) was the cage-fighting (I can't believe that I just wrote that). I have never encountered a YA book that involves cage-fighting before and let me tell you, more YA books need to incorporate this into them! Seriously, as soon as a female YA character begins cage fighting her kickbutt-ness goes through the roof.
All in all, despite my complaints I did really enjoy this book and I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a different YA book, where the lead female is super kickass and where the main focus of the storyline is not romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Hunger Games,
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Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1 by Moira Young (Paperback - Feb. 28 2012)
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