Monday, August 15, 2011

Blood Red Road Review

531 pages
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 a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization. 

At first the narration style of this novel threw me for a loop but after a few pages I was too engrossed to notice anymore.  Saba loves her brother Lugh more than anything and is willing to go above and beyond for him. However, Saba also has to deal with a sister she dislikes and a lack of knowledge of the world outside of Silverlake. All of this combined creates a captivating adventure novel. I enjoyed seeing Saba's character grow as she learned more about the world outside of her home. Saba is an extremely strong character who lets nothing get in the way of her need to save her twin brother. This book has a post-apocalypse western feel to it and while I am not generally a fan of westerns, I just couldn't put this down! I can't wait until the next book in this new series comes out. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is as obsessed with dystopian novels as I am.


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