Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road by Moira Young”
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Length: 459 pages 
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: Dystopia, Fight Club, Action

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has been destroyed, leaving landfills for families to scavenge from. But, as long as Lugh, her beloved twin brother, is around, everything is fine for her. When four mysterious men arrive and take Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered.

Saba is thrown into the ugly reality of the outside world. She is lost without Lugh to guide her. The most surprising thing is what Saba learns about herself. Saba fierce fighter, a survivor, and a cunning opponent.  Teamed with Nero the crow, a playboy named Jack, and a gang of girls called the Free Hawks, Saba attempts to save her brother.

Blood Red Road has been on my TBR list for a very long time. But, every time I tried to get it from the library, it wasn’t there. And yes. I do realize I could have just bought it. However, I didn’t want to. But, I digress.

Lugh got born first.

And no, that was not a typo.That is really the first sentence. Young’s style of writing made it seem that Saba is narrating the book. I wouldn’t mind this normally, but the lack of quotation marks really got on my nerve.

I found it hard to know whether she was thinking or talking. I felt like writing little quotation marks in the book (which of course I didn’t).

At first, I really didn’t like her. Up until about 150 pages in, she was the normal YA heroine. “What am I supposed to do with out Lugh?!?!?”
“I’m helpless without him.”
“Why does my annoying sister HAVE to follow me?”

It got old pretty quickly. Then, she had a complete makeover. She became an amazing heroine! I really liked her and her sister after that.

Jack. Jack. Where do I begin? He’s a jerk. No matter how sexy he is, I can’t deny he’s a complete jerk. It wasn’t till around three-quarters through that I stopped wanting to go get a mallet.

The minor characters were well done, but my favorite has to be Nero. Who does not want an awesome crow named Nero?

The plot wasn’t exactly original. Girl saves her brother. Same as another book which I really didn’t like (::cough:: Iron King ::cough::). In this one boy, there is only one boy, the main character isn’t afraid to kick some butt, and there is a crow instead of a cat.

The main character was tough enough for this book. If a Saba went in the Iron King, I may have liked it more.

The plot pacing was a bit off. Short sentences can be used in certain cases to quicken the pace. Getting on a horse does not need short sentences.

The first half was stronger than the second. The last half was a bit clichéd. I wish the romance was fleshed out more in this book, or possibly saved for the next one. But, that’s not how YA books go.

What I liked/disliked:

  • Strong Female Characters
  • Nero
  • High Action
  • Interesting Plot


  • Lack of originality
  • Weaker 2nd half
  • Annoying character
  • Rushed Romance

In conclusion:
I really enjoyed this book. It isn’t my favorite dystopian but it’s not bad either. I recommend reading Blood Red Road!


Favorite Character: Saba
Favorite Quote: 

I weep fer the girl with the butterfly on her cheek. I weep fer Emmi. Fer Pa. Fer Lugh. Fer me. Fer what we used to be. Fer what got took from us. Fer what’s lost to us ferever.

Rating:  ★★★★☆


**Edited on: 5/22/12**


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