Blood Red Road [Book Review]

Title: Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)
Author: Moira Young
Published: June 7, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Summary from Goodreads:
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 .

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization. 


At first I was struggling to read it because of the misspelled words that was written intentionally to make it kinda slang. I have to repeat those words, sometimes I correct it, and thought that it's endless, I got irritated, then I gave up. After a month I decided to read it because my Goodreads friends enjoyed it they even wrote a great review, and that makes me think that there's something in this book that will keep me reading, so the secret is - just ignore those words and eventually you get used to it. Gawdammit, It's really a great read.

Follow the adventures of Saba on her search for his twin brother Lugh that was captured by those horsemen that came right after a huge sandstorm, she have to travel the dessert with her pet raven Nero and her younger sister named Emmi whom she blames for their mother's death. On her way she got captured, she got slaved, forced to be a cage fighter which she handled easily 'cause she's tough, she was born to be a fighter. And there she meets Jack, and the Free Hawks, then she managed to escape with a very great plan, then made an alliance with Jack's old friends.

The protagonist Saba, she's fierce, she's tough, but sometimes she's kind of irritating, she's always like, I have to save Lugh, I have to save Lugh, but I understand her, they were just four of them in SilverLake, her father is almost out of his mind, and she got easily irritated to her sister Emmi. Lugh is the only person that she can lean on. And they were twins, twins are always connected, they were bond together.

I love the world building, men and woman are all equal, it's just the power and the wealth that makes them superior. The scenes was described very well. The characters are all great. Not so good ending it was predictable, and the last fighting scene i think was overly used. Nevertheless It's really a great read, the hype when you're reading it was superb. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4/5

About the Author

Moira Young has been by turns an actress, dancer, and opera singer, but her first loves are books and writing. A native Canadian, she now lives in the UK with her husband. Blood Red Road is her first novel.


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