Monday, May 30, 2011

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Saba lives in hard times. The land around her is dry, brown, and baron. Food is scarce. Yet it is the only life Saba knows, and she is happy with her twin brother Lugh, little sister Emmie, and her father. Then one day a terrible storm blows through, bringing with it a group of terrible men that take Lugh away. Saba takes off immediately in his wake. She must find him, even if it means battling demons both in strangers and herself. Saba is going to have to fight for her life or be killed.

What an incredible book. I cannot start a review without first mentioning the language. Blood Red Road is written unlike any other book I have ever read. The language is plain: uneducated and simple. Yet it is very powerful and lyrical. I got the sense that every word was placed very purposefully, so that no sentence was wasted. Saba is a great character and I instantly fell in love with her. As well as with Nero, her pet crow. He was SO cool! Even with the girl on the cover and the love interest between Saba and Jack, this book has more than plenty for the male readers out there, too. The action is high-octane, with cage fights and air ships and renegade gangs. The scenes flowed smartly, with lots to keep the pages turning, but plenty of little breaks for readers to pause and catch their breath. An extremely well-thought out and well-written debut!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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