Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Series: Dustlands #1
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.
Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.
Towards the beginning of January, I tried to read BLOOD RED ROAD but put it down after about five pages. I thought it wasn’t a book for me. I could not have been more wrong.
Saba has had a tough go at life lately, there hasn’t been rain for ages in her desert wasteland of a home, and when a sandstorm brings in four mysterious men, things get even worse. They take Lugh, her twin brother, and leave Saba to fend for herself and her little sister, Emmi.
BLOOD RED ROAD reminded me of the reasons why I love dystopia so much. Kick-ass characters band together to survive in a crazy world, unlikely friendships begin, and even romance takes bloom. This novel has all of those and more, and I loved every minute of it. I would have picked up the sequel immediately if I could have.
All the characters were fantastic, each being so uniquely different and interesting, but none were more interesting than that of our heroine, Saba. She is a true heroine, one that has obvious flaws and doubts, but overcomes them all to do what is best for her and the people she cares about.
The reason I gave up on this before was because of the dialect and writing style. There are no quotation marks to indicate dialogue, only a “he says, I says” type of indication, and the words are written very simple and primitive. It was slow going at first, but once I became immersed in the story, I did not even notice the absence of an “I” here or a “fer” there.
I am so glad I gave this a second chance, and know I have definitely learned my lesson.
On a side note, am I the only one rooting for a love triangle with Jack, Saba, and DeMalo? Just me?