- By Moira Young

Blood Red Road

  • Title: Blood Red Road
  • Author: Moira Young
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Blood Red Road 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 sca

    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 four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba s world is shattered, and she embarks onSaba 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 four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

    1 thought on “Blood Red Road

    1. As seen on The ReadventurerThis book is not going to be out until June, so I feel very lucky for having had an opportunity to read it so early. I hope it will get enough promo buzz over the next few months to reach tons of readers, because Blood Red Road very much deserves it. It is a stand-out in the new crop of dystopian/post-apocalyptic YA fiction, most of which is crap.The novel is basically an adventure quest set in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Saba's twin brother Lugh is kidnapped in [...]

    2. Listen up since you may never hear these words from me again about any other book:  I am not surprised in the least that this book is getting such buzz, nor that rights to the film have already been acquired by Ridley Scott.  You want to know why?  Because this book has everything that will keep anyone, whether a reader or movie-goer, hooked: action, suspense, drama, unpredictability, emotion, romance, and great characterization.Unlike other dystopian YA novels, Blood Red Road isn't focused o [...]

    3. This review may contain mild spoilers, but they're nothing that you won't see in the trailer for the film. That's right, Ridley Scott optioned this book for a film before it was even published, and it's easy to see why. It's a hugely entertaining spectacle full of adventure and excitement and thrills, with action scenes that you can clearly picture as you read them.Saba's twin brother Lugh has been kidnapped by a band of horsemen, and she sets off alone on the quest to bring him back. Well, she [...]

    4. the protagonist of this post-apocalyptic YA western is a crow named Nero. now this is some bird! he has tons of personality: kind and generous and affectionate and reasonable and quick-thinking and a good sport and he finds clues and naturally he saves the day in the end with his excellent ability to fly swiftly & summon cavalry. Nero, you're the MAN BIRD! I loved that crow and was enchanted by his every appearance. ::happy sigh::the blurbs for this book describe it as a sort of Mad Max in b [...]

    5. My First Impression-What the hell is this writing style?Immediately, you notice the grammatically incorrect sentences. For example:“Lugh’s bin sayin it fer a while now. Pa’s gitten worse. Mind you, he ain’t bin right fer a long time”My thoughts on this writing style:At first, I had a hard time reading it. After about 20 pages, I did not even notice it. As the story progresses, you realize how important this writing style is to portray Saba. The grammatically incorrect sentences reveal [...]

    6. This is the novel that I wanted Graceling to be. An alternate world/reality full of adventure with a hardcore warrior heroine, and here's the key bit, who doesn't feel the need to unsex herself (à la Lady Macbeth) and prove that she's not feminine. In fact, all the female characters are wonderfully strong and unforgiving, no damsels finally, and there's just a general sense of equality - pretty much everyone is a warrior without a masculinity v. femininity contest. Where Graceling seemed in som [...]

    7. this book is one of the most-anticipated release titles in teen fiction, and i got to read it early because ariel is a gift to mankind.take that, teens!! you guys get fast metabolisms and hopeful outlooks and unlimited potential, and i get advanced readers copies. even steven she gave me this book about twins and a bird, which is like giving a new young mother a buddy book where a kidnapper teams up with SIDS for adventures and romance.but i braved my fears and read what i was hoping would be co [...]

    8. Have you ever wanted to read a bleak quest novel narrated by a rough and ready Elly May Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies? If so, this one’s for you! Just kidding. Er, sort of. The narration style of this will certainly alienate some readers but after the first 15-20 pages, I didn’t really notice it anymore. In fact, it actually felt comfortable. Saba, the protagonist in this work, lives in a barren dustland with her Pa, younger sister Emmi, and her twin, Lugh. Saba’s narration is due [...]

    9. Full review posted: Here’s a fun concept, let’s write a book but instead of using actual WORDS we’ll just slam our palms against the keyboard repeatedly and then publish whatever we get!!!1!!11!!1!! ~best seller~I want firstly to apologize to the synopsis of the book bc it was too good to be representing such an awful book remember, this is my opinion Secondly I want to apologize to grammar rules of the English language. I’m sorry this book killed you, you deserved better. And for those [...]

    10. Alright. I wrote a review for this (probably in the middle of the night--or early in the morning) when I first finished the ARC. Now. Going through that review, I cringe a bit. It's riddled with mistakes and some of it doesn't make any sense. So, I decided to write a briefer, clearer review.But if you're interested, I'll leave the old one under a spoiler tag.(view spoiler)[2.5 stars. (This is a long review by the way :] ) First off, I was really excited about this book. I love dystopians not bas [...]

    11. Omg what are words. WHAT IS AIR. HOW DO I POSSIBLY SUM UP MY INFINITE LOVE FOR THIS BOOK?!?!?! I've borrowed this a billion times from the library and ALWAYS sent it back unread because I peeked at the first page andang and no dialogue tags? Um. no thank you. I WAS A DELUDED PENGUIN BRAIN AND I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T GIVE THIS BOOK A CHACNE TILL NOW. IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT. You know those books that you feel like are written For you because they do everything absolutely perfectly and do ALL [...]

    12. read this book!Do you love Hunger Games?or The Knife of Never Letting Go or Divergent, etc.?Do you love the dessert?*coughs* I mean desert. Do you love the desert?Do you love cage fighting?and worms?If you're cool with those things, then I got to say YOU HAFTA READ THIS!When I started reading Blood Red Road I did not like it that much because the beginning was a little bit cheesy especially when they talked about stars and prophecy. Also, the writing style did not help, there are a lot of spelli [...]

    13. “If you know how to read the stars, you can read the story of people’s lives.”Initial Final Page Thoughts.Blaaaahhh I had such high hopes for this book and I thought I was going to love it. And I did until about half way through… and then I just wanted to punch things the red hot descended and things got fuzzy.High Points.The first half. Emmi. Jack (and his hairless chest). Ike. Tommo. Nero. The setting, Ms Young certainly knows how to set up a story and build a world. Loved it. Written [...]

    14. !!!!! This book kicks my ass. Moira Young has gotta be the Beatrix Kiddo of y/a writers. She comes in here, probably blindfolded or some such, turns the conventional rescue story on its head, and then writes it all out in solid, beautiful dialect because that’s just how badass she is. The effortlessness alone is enough to make me think we’ve arrived in some new country of storytelling. Suddenly, we’re in the middle of it, and I didn’t even realize the tour bus could go there. I don’t e [...]

    15. 2.5 stars There are many successful books that get turned into movies. Not necessarily good movies. Actually, it is very rare for the movie to be better than the book. But not impossible. Blood Red Road might be one of such rare cases. I read somewhere that this book was optioned to be become a movie even BEFORE being published. That's where the problems lies: Blood Red Road is trying too hard to be a movie before even being a book. That means that while it's got some elements that would be of s [...]

    16. 2.5 stars I believe that, consciously or unconsciously, every author has a list of priorities he/she keeps in mind when writing a book. I know that every reader has priorities/expectations/preferences when choosing what to read. Unfortunately, Moira Young’s priorities and mine are very, very different.To be perfectly fair here, she didn’t write this book for me. She wrote it for teenagers who have a hard time focusing on anything for too long. And I have to give it to her, the book is an att [...]

    17. The whole time I was reading Blood Red Road, there was a part of me standing away and thinking — where is it? Where is the part that's going to twist me up and spit me out? Where's that intense feeling that marks a book I truly loved? Tragically, I never did reach that part.In part, my expectations are to blame. I read too many reviews and they all loved the book so much, I think I was expecting it to be as spectacular as the Second Coming of Christ. My expectations were pretty much sky high, [...]

    18. Also posted on my blog, YA Anonymous- For YA AddictsWhat I thought when I read the first line ofBlood Red Roadwas, "woah, what the hell?!" I actually said this out loud in my local library, where it's usually silent, so I earned a number eyes my way and a harsh shushing from the librarian at the counter. The sentence, "Lugh got born first", surprised me. But I read on, thinking it was just some random typo (everyone makes mistakes, right?) Then I started to notice other mistakes like 'an' instea [...]

    19. The first few opening chapters of this book have just about everything that I love in young adult speculative fiction: a futuristic world that’s original and believable, a tough heroine who’s too rash for her own good, a perilous quest, and just a touch of depth. Perfection. And no, the dialect and lack of quotation marks really don’t bother me at all. I think that the dialect creates a great atmosphere and the lack of quotation marks really work to make the dialogue seem immediate and nat [...]

    20. This book is like:andandWhy? Saba’s got that bad ass attitude like Katniss, cagefighting that Wolverine does in the first movie, and killer worms from Tremors. Awesome combination if I do say so myself.The first thing you notice about the book is the terse, short, and simple sentences used stylistically to evoke Saba’s voice. Not to mention everything’s written out phonetically so that will give a lot of people cause to stop or stumble in the beginning. But you get used to it very quickly [...]

    21. As usual I’m very late to the party, but I really enjoyed this! It features a hate to love done in the way I actually enjoy it (aka the right way), a deeply flawed MC who is called out on her issues, adventure, and bringing down an evil government.The writing was a bit hard to get into at first because of how it’s written (slang, no quotation marks for speaking) but once I was hooked I HAD to finish.

    22. Apocalypse plus positive Trudi review (/review/show/) equals irresistible read. She was right, it was high on the addiction scale; once I sat down to devote attention to it, I read until I ran out of pages.The short form: a pair of fraternal twins, their younger sister and their worn-out pa father are scraping by in the the dustbowl of the 20s some apocalypse time in the future. They are miles from neighbors, except one who drinks a little too much moonshine char or whatever it is. Ma is dead, o [...]

    23. After seeing all the wonderful reviews of this book, I was excited to see it appear at my doorstep, and I didn't wait long to dive into it. A violent futuristic world, fast pace action, with a kick-butt heroine? Count me in! It delivers what it promises, as I instantly became absorbed in Saba's journey to save her brother. "Once, we could count on pullin a fish from the lake an a beast from our traps. Fer everything else, we planted some, foraged some, an all in all, we made out okay. But fer th [...]

    24. First off: there is nothing wrong with this book. But I'm being picky these days since my reading time has been cut WAY back due to me being back in school. In a way, I like this. However, the strong slang, or pidgin or whatever it's called, is killing me right now. jest, fer, yuh, bin, gittin, unnerstand, figgered, nuthin', gawdfersaken, babby-swolled, hisself, et, yuz, hafta, afeared, gittin, unner Plus, it's one of those "survival" books as well where not much happens but the main character f [...]

    25. SERIES RATING AND SPOILER-FREE REVIEW:Book 1: Blood Red Road- STARSBook 2: Rebel Heart - 2 STARSBook 3: Raging Star - 2.5 STARS This is the most conflicted I have ever felt about book series. I adored some parts of this trilogy and hated the others. Let's see what are pluses and minuses of Dust Lands trilogy.(+) REALISTIC NARRATORSaba, the narrator and heroine of this trilogy, is bold, rude, vicious and very determined. On the top of that she is selfish and stubborn. Surprisingly, instead of bei [...]

    26. I must warn all of you who read this that I'm gonna have a bit of a gush fest before I write anything of real relevance. Ok so right now I should be doing lots of other things (responsible people things), but I just cannot contain my excitement for this book. This hasn't happened to me in a long while. Sure I read great books often enough but none that have made me SO excited I might burst. I frankly really love this book to pieces. I'm surprised I returned the book to the library in one piece! [...]

    27. The criticism "derivative" was designed for this schlockfest. Fun first person, which delivers it from one star hell, but when the whole book is derived from the lives of Han Solo, Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian from the Trilogy and the canon books, no one can argue that this book isn't derivitive in the extreme."You're full of shit, Brad!"Really?! Fuck you! I am full of knowingness you heathen! Look and learn:Sarlac moment with crazy lake worms. ✓ Ike as Chewbacca/Lando. ✓Jack and Saba [...]

    28. This is another book where I didn't really understand the world building. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a dystopian future of our world or an alternate universe. I started under the assumption that this was a dystopian future and maybe the author did too. If the author was trying to write a dystopian future the idea unraveled as she tried to create a plot and started making stuff up to make it work. There's a weird plant that functions half as a drug that makes people super passive and [...]

    29. Blood Red Road by Moira Young is a highly anticipated YA dystopic novel that’s not due out until June 2011. So first off, thank you to my reading buddy,Crystal , for sharing her ARC with me. I have to say, I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic novel that carries quite a unique narrative, fast-paced plot, constant action, and dynamic set of characters. It actually took me about 75 - 80 pages to finally fall into the story mainly due to the grammatically incorrect narrative that was purposely e [...]

    30. Highlights: a kidnapping, cage fights to the death, a delusional psycho King and killer worms. Ha! Blood Red Road is chock full of adventure that I could not get enough of. So, yup, I loved almost every moment of it. There’s also the added bonus of a Jack and Saba~ their interaction was a cool (sweet?) break in between all the heart pumping action. Saba is so strong. I won’t lie, she did have moments of “duh” but overall I found myself admiring her strength. With her father killed shortl [...]

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