Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: October 2012
For: Fun (and Dystopian Challenge)
Series: Dust Lands, Book 2
*Spoilers are inevitable for Blood Red Road*
Saba has finally found Lugh and has everything she wants. But she can't seem to shake the ghosts of her violent past. Not only that, but Lugh has changed and their relationship is no longer what it used to be. So when a cryptic message comes from Jack, she's determined to return and find him, despite the danger to herself and her family.
Things I Liked:
Unfortunately, it's been months since I finished this and I didn't write much in the way of my thoughts after finishing it. I had to go and remind myself what happened in the book (and then I remembered just how crazy the ending seemed to get). It was not as amazing as the first one for me, but I still like Saba a lot and I still love the dialect and simplistic writing style Young uses. It makes the whole book more engrossing (once you can get into the rhythm of the story). I do remember thinking Saba, Lugh, Jack and the others seemed to be experiencing realistically the effects of the first book. The tension in all those relationships, and the new ones, was painful, but real. An interesting and definitely unique kind of post-apocalyptic story.
Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit the romance was the thing that bugged me the most. It seemed everyone was in love with Saba and she was rather cruel to some of those in love with her. She made some interesting choices that I think will have even more painful consequences in the future. Still, I couldn't believe how much of the book ended up focusing just on these romantic relationships and less on Saba adjusting to her world that's changed. I'm still very interested to see where the story goes in the next book.
Start with Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Reminds me a bit of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
mild ones, mostly
an "incident" that isn't described so much as implied
plenty of action, but not gory
Overall rating: ***
Which of the people in the love quadrangle would you choose?
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