Author: Moira Young
Published: June 7th 2011
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Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.
Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.
My, my! I remember reading Jenny’s interview with Moira Young on her blog Supernatural Snark prior Rebel Heart’s release and these two got me intrigued. I admit, I had never heard of this series until that point. You probably all know about my US paperback format quirk and since the US paperback was a pre-order back then, and therefore cheaper than usual, I got it. It was totally on impulse. I had no idea what I was setting myself up for. When I pulled a paper slip out of my unread physical copies list with Blood Red Road on it, I was fairly frightened to be honest with you. Turns out I had no reason to be! It was an absolute joy to read this thrilling, thrilling debut.
“There can be beauty anywhere. Even here. An if it ain't there, you can make it yerself.”
When I cracked the book open and read the first three pages where Saba thinks to herself what went wrong, I was immediately hooked. However, the writing is something I imagine a lot of the readers struggle with. I have never read a book with such a huge dialect throughout the whole book. I guess The Maze Runner by James Dashner is somewhat comparable but not exactly. TMR also has quotation marks whereas Bloor Red Road had none. It took a lot of time for me to adjust, but once I did, I flew through the pages since the book itself is very fast paced and incredibly intriguing.
What happened to Saba and her little sister Emmi during the trip to Hopetown and during their time there was somewhat a blessing in disguise—this horrible thing brought them closer together. Saba was a good sister to Lugh, but she blamed Emmi for the death of their mother and basically hated her guts. She only took care of her because Lugh asked and she’d do anything for her beloved brother. When they were forced to work together in these awful situations, they grew closer and started to care about each other without Lugh having to be in the middle to patch things up. It was beautiful to watch.
I can’t NOT mention Jack in this review, can I? I loved his fun, strong, yet rational personality. He was able to calm Saba down in some very intense situations and I absolutely adored their chemistry and I can’t wait to see what happens in Rebel Heart. Also, the Louis XIV complex the King had was so hilarious and I couldn’t top smirking. There’s one thing I don’t understand though. Demalo. He remains a mystery to me and what in the world was that almost at the end of the book? “Until next time.” Say whaaaaat??? I need some answers!!!
In conclusion, I’d say that this book was one great ride of awesomeness that made me root for its characters on their journeys. I am everglad to have read that interview by Jenny. The short blurb on the cover says it’s better than The Hunger Games and while I can’t entirely agree, I found this novel to be amazing and I will definitely follow the series through to the very end since I can’t imagine it being any other way. You know a book is good when you can’t stop cuddling it and that’s exactly what happened to me.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars