Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
Publication date: June 2011
ISBN: 9781442429987
Source: e-ARC provided by Galley Grab

Blood Red Road (Dustlands)

When Saba's brother Lugh is kidnapped and her father killed, Saba is willing to do anything she can to get him back.  She's determined to cross the wasteland she's always lived in and find him, so things can return to normal.  But things become complicated when she is forced into an unwilling daily battle for her life.  Can she escape from this new tortured existence, with the help of a mysterious group called the Free Hawks, and possibly the intriguing Jack?  And more importantly, will she ever see Lugh again?

Things I Liked:
Oh this was a such a great story!  Not only that, but I fell in love with the main characters.  Those two, Saba and Jack, had me smiling and laughing in the middle of a depressing and painful story.  Saba has this great voice and character that you can't get out of your head, and I started to think and talk like her, because I got so into the story.  This will grip you from the beginning to end.  Start reading for the awesome dangerous futuristic world and keep reading to know more about Saba.  Really well done.  Can't wait for more from Moira Young.  Here's a taste:

What was that fer? he yells.
Fer kissin me! I yell.  An don't you dare do it agin!
Oh don't you worry about that, he says, I'd rather throw myself over that waterfall!
He picks hisself up.
I'd rather sleep naked in a nest of scorpions! he says.
He stomps off, leadin Ajax behind him.
I follow with Hermes.
My lips is tinglin. p 326 of ARC
Things I Didn't Like:
I was only bothered with the phonetic spelling and lack of grammar and quotation marks a few times.  Which is surprising.  Honestly, what I kept thinking about was how hard it must have been to edit it!  Great, great book.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

s-factor: !@
some, but not a lot

mrg-factor: X
just kissing, really

v-factor: ->->->
there is some action violence and fighting

Overall rating: *****

I've heard people say the phonetic thing bugged them. Not so much with me. What about you?

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  1. I thought the dialiect really added to the atmosphere of the story and made the characters very realistic. I thought the first 50 pages of this book were the best I'd read in a long time! I thought it was great--my only complaint was the ending, which I thought was pretty lackluster compared to the rest of the book.

  2. I really loved this book. I also thought that the dialect and phonetic spelling added something great to the story. And it really was a unique story, but not in a way that was jarring or weird.

  3. It didn't bother me at all. As a matter of fact, it added much to the book. I felt so connected to Saba, and I think it was partly because of the dialect. I loved this one!

  4. The writing style actually didn't bug me too much, which is surprising. I think it almost immerses you in the story even more than a regular book because of the dialect. It always took me a page or two to get back into it when I picked the book back up again but once I was into it? Wow, wow, wow. I just loved it.

  5. Argh! And I just about bought it the other day and didn't. Oh well, I probably wouldn't have gotten to it very fast.

  6. Wow, it seems like everyone had the same experience as me! I'm so glad, too, because Saba is worth the effort of reading this. Definitely get your hands on it sometime, Jenny.


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