Blood Red Road: a book recommendation
5 out of 5 stars.
This book took me completely by surprise. Like, when Erin Bowman recommended it to me with gushing praise, I was expecting Moira Young’s Blood Red Road to be good…
I was not expecting it to be a single-sitting read or one of my favorite reads of ALL TIME.
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Epic quest, indeed! And gripping and wonderful! There was very little I did not love about this book.
First off: the main character, Saba, is tough. Like, she beats even Katniss in the toughness department, and–don’t hate me–but I actually liked her a lot more than Katniss. It’s strange though because she’s way more flawed than Katniss…so why would I like her more? Maybe for that very reason: she makes some pretty big mistakes, acts darn selfishly, and is downright cruel to her baby sister. YET, she does grow. The Saba at the end of the book is a completely different person from the Saba at the start.
And then there’s the love interest. I won’t even tell you his name because I want you to be pleasantly surprised like I was. And then I want you to fall head over heels in love with him like I did. He’s older than Saba (so I don’t feel creepy crushing on him), and he’s just as flawed as she is…but he also learns and grows. Oh, my heart literally tightens when I think about him. ♥
As for the world, it is the FIRST post-apocalyptic world I actually want to live in. Everything about it feels high fantasy–from the Colosseum-style slavery to the desert-sailing skiffs to the team of female rebels living in a forest hideaway. There was so much ADVENTURE woven into this vivid world, and–as all great book should do–the world was as much of an antagonist as the characters. Sometimes it helped Saba; mostly it stood in her way.
I really don’t have enough words to express how much I adored this book. I immediately dove into the sequel, Rebel Heart, which is just as good. I honestly don’t know how I’ll survive a full YEAR until the untitled third book arrives. 🙁
But you all: go now! Read Blood Red Road and sink into the harsh desert, the toe-curling romance, and the swashbuckling action. And after you do, let me know what you think.
You tell me: Have you read Blood Red Road? Did you love it as much as me–or at all?
December 17, 2012 @ 2:17 pm
Thanks for the recommendation. I am totally going to read this book now. Sounds like I’ll absolutely love it!!! I think flawed characters are the ones that resonate with me the most. After all, how many of us are perfect? When someone is flawed they are more real, which draws you into the story more. Oooh I can’t wait to read this. I’ll hopefully get it over Christmas. 🙂
December 17, 2012 @ 9:24 pm
I asked for the hardcover versions for Christmas. 😉 I have them on my Kindle, but I love them so much I want REAL copies too!!! And I *hope* you enjoy it as much as I did!! <3
December 19, 2012 @ 4:57 pm
I get REAL copies of all the books I like. I LOVE the hardcover versions as they wear so well. I have hundreds of books at home that I can’t bear to part with.
Speaking of which, is there a release date for your novella??? Dying to read it! Can’t wait for A Darkness Strange and Lovely! Cover looks stunning! 🙂
P.S. Just ordered Blood Red Road and The Darkest Minds!
December 17, 2012 @ 3:35 pm
I haven’t read it, but it sounds SO GOOD! Adding to Goodreads right now.
December 17, 2012 @ 9:23 pm
Oh my gosh, Peggy, it’s WONDERFUL. The dialect can be weird at first, but I PROMISE you’ll stop noticing it within the first few pages.
December 17, 2012 @ 4:15 pm
Hhmmm. I started reading this last summer and at 20 pages in I sort of…drifted away from it. After reading your review I want to blame this on the fact that I get TOO MANY books from the library at once and therefore have serious SADD (Story Attention Deficit Disorder). Thank you Sooz, because I will now give this book some real effort 🙂 Keep the recommendations coming!
December 17, 2012 @ 9:23 pm
I know the problem of too many books…if one doesn’t IMMEDIATELY capture me, I’ll set it aside and go for the others nearby. THAT SAID, I was immediately captured by BLOOD RED ROAD. Maybe it’s just my-kinda-book…? But give it a second try–you might like it more…;)
December 17, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
I was supposed to buy this book a while back but the writing style kept throwing me off that I bought The Night Circus instead. But it does sound so terribly interesting and amazing just ajsdhgjahg SO TORN.
December 17, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
The dialect IS odd…at first. But I almost immediately stopped noticing it. I know for some people, though, it’s a total turn off. Maybe give it a second try?? I SWEAR the story is worth it. 😀
December 17, 2012 @ 9:23 pm
I’m glad I never stopped gushing about this one to you. Because I am sooo glad you picked it up and we can finally gush and fangirl together. I NEED BOOK THREE IN MY LIFE. Like, yesterday. <3
December 18, 2012 @ 5:30 am
I am SO GLAD I listened to you! My TBR stack is so huge, but….I’m REALLY HAPPY I bumped this to the top. Ungggghhhh, I WISH I HAD WRITTEN IT.