Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Series: Dustlands #2
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared–and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.
After giving BLOOD RED ROAD another try and loving it, I had really high expectations for REBEL HEART. So high, I could barely read anything else without thinking of this sequel. Was I disappointed? Well, not quite. But I was confused.
Saba has a price on her head, she is wanted for the murder of Vicar Pinch and the other things she has done. Jack is nowhere to be found, except in the information that comes to Saba from other characters: Jack is working with the Tonton, their enemy. Saba doesn’t believe it, but she is alone in that thought except for Emmi. Lugh doubts Jack, and tension rises between the two twins.
The plot in REBEL HEART was somewhat disappointing compared to its predecessor. The first half was Saba dealing with deaths that plague her dreams and now her waking life. Epona, and all the girls she sent to their deaths in the gauntlet, they seem to want something from Saba. I didn’t enjoy this part because Saba became somewhat of an unreliable narrator after this.
The second half was all about Saba doubting Jack’s love and his loyalties. This got a bit repetitive and frustrating, especially since everyone else also doubted Jack. The second half was also where the book kind of lost me with a very… interesting development. DeMalo. It seems like almost every man in the book wants Saba romantically. Usually, I would like a novel with several love interests but this just made me uncomfortable.
Because of all this, my love for Saba’s character really diminished. She played with Tommo’s feelings, and she made a huge mistake with DeMalo. Mind you, this huge mistake happened while Emmi was in danger. Jack was barely in this novel so there’s not much to say about him.
In any case, I still enjoyed this book for the reasons I enjoyed BLOOD RED ROAD and after that crazy cliffhanger, I am very anxious for the third novel.
On a side note, did anyone notice I was right about DeMalo and Saba? I liked them together, but not like this. Never like this. Also, what happened to Mercy??
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