Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Book: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rating: A
For: Fun
From: Bought it at a book signing

When I went to the above mentioned book signing, blogger friend Enna Isilee from Squeaky Books was gushing her heart out about this book... a book I'd not even really heard of. Then several other bloggers at the event joined her in the gushing. I was like, wow, I better read this book or something!

So now having read it I must say I probably won't be jumping on the gushing band wagon necessarily, but I WILL say that it is one of the better and unique and crazy intense dystopian books I've read.

This story is about a girl named Saba who has a twin brother named Lugh and they have a little sister named Emmi. They live in a desolate barren part of a future Earth and one day, some really nasty dudes come and kidnap her brother. Yes, and so the whole book is her adventure, and there are many, in following him and rescuing (hopefully) him.

This future world is a nasty place. Wow. There's some really creepy people in charge, and you aren't sure who are the good guys and who are the bad, and Saba ends up fighting for her life, literally. But there's a guy and he's cool but he freaks her out and then she saves him and then he saves her and then maybe she can let herself like him, but maybe not.

This one is written in a strange no-quotation style, with lots of weird grammar much like the Chaos Walking series. It takes some getting used to, but really does make you feel immersed in their world and gets you into the head of our main character. It also reminded me a bit of Ship Breaker with the grittiness and roughness of their lives.

So yes, when you are in the mood for another fabulous dystopian, choose this one!

Bottom line: I really liked it a lot.

Other Reviews:

Squeaky Books
Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog
Rhapsody in Books
The Book Nest


  1. Gritty is a good word for this book. I started reading it a few months ago and had to set it aside. Not because I did not like it rather because it was too gritty and bit depressing for me at that moment. Yes, the writing is much different structure than what I am use to but it was good for the 25% of the book or so that I read. I do intend to go back to this one at some point in 2012 .

  2. I usually associate gritty with crass language, but I suppose that cage fighting is rather gritty...

    But I'm glad you liked it! The sequel finally has a title and I'M SO EXCITED!!

  3. Yet, another book I bought but haven't read yet. So many people are loving it so I hope I do too but knowing me...sigh!

  4. i am looking forward to this one, but have already determined to space out my dystopia reads (especially in the ya realm). thanks for your review.


  5. Ibeeg: I hope you do get a chance to try again.

    Enna: I also usually think of gritty as the language, but sometimes I feel like it's the harsh environment the characters face too, and this one was very harsh.

    Jenny: I'll be interesting to see what you think! as always!

    L: I've been reading a lot of it (dystopia) suddenly, and really need to space them out too. I do get sick of them after awhile.



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