Blood Red Road- Book Review

Posted May 5, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1)Blood Red Road by Moira Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.


I absolutely love when I read a book by a debut author and find myself really enjoying it. Moira Young has written a dystopian winner. I have to be honest though. The synopsis did nothing for me. Neither did the cover. I hope this doesn’t hurt the book’s sales, because it really is an amazing read.

I love dystopian books. I am a huge Hunger Games fan, and I also really enjoyed Ashfall and Life as We Know it. This one is quite a bit different though. I think it takes place hundreds of years in the future after humans have been wiped out. In this book they call humans wreckers. I guess we wrecked the earth. Yeah that’s an environmental message. If you can’t handle it, don’t read the book. I can honestly say that it’s not bashed over your head or anything though. It’s just mentioned once in awhile. There are these things called shimmer discs too. I’m not sure, but every time the author says this, I think she’s talking about CD’s/DVD’s.

As far as the story itself, I definitely enjoyed it. The book is going in my favorites and I will definitely continue the series. Yes, it’s a series. But there isn’t too much of a cliffhanger. Just a few loose ends that aren’t wrapped up and I’m fine with that. The plot of this book is wrapped up nicely. It’s a very suspenseful book. And it’s one of those plots where you are just dying to know what happens next so you have to keep reading. It’s hard to put down. I love the imagery as well. There’s definitely a feel of a dusty, dark, and dreary world. The setting descriptions were awesome. I like being able to create the setting in my mind while I’m reading. I felt this one play out like a movie and I really liked that.

I want to talk about the voice and writing style for a minute. I’ve read some of the other reviews up on Goodreads, some praising the writing style and some not so much. I didn’t find it to be a hindrance at all. Sure, when I first started reading I was like WTF is this? But after a few minutes, I fell in love with it. It’s just the way Saba talks. And I grew to love her voice and the writing style. Book reviewing is really subjective though, so this may annoy you. I’m not really sure. Words are spelled wrong on purpose. Some words are spelled phonetically. It’s not hard to follow, but it’s different. For me, I just think it adds to the magic.

There’s not really a bad word I can say about this debut novel. I loved the characters. There’s a love interest, and I really liked him. I loved the main character Saba, and her little sister Emmy. I loved Nero the crow, and in real life I hate crows. But Nero made me smile. There were some really awful villains in the book as well. And I hated them. More than usual. Which means they were really well written. I have nothing but great things to say about Blood Red Road.

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The book releases to the public on June 7th. You can pre-order it from Amazon here: Buy Blood Red Road

6 responses to “Blood Red Road- Book Review

  1. Aida García

    I really liked this book! I hated the language at the first, probably because English is not my first language, so it was a challenge somehow. I almost gave up, but I decided to give it a chance and I ended up loving it! I like Saba because she is not flawless, she’s even a jerk sometimes, and I thought that she was so obsessed with her brother that it was annoying sometimes. But then she evolved and I was like “Go girl! You’re great!” xD

    • I’m glad you gave it a chance and were patient, Aida. It took me awhile to get used to too and English IS my first language. I usually have an issue with dialect books and don’t like them much. This one was an exception.

  2. Aida García

    lol!! “at the first”…just in case it wasn’t obvious that English is not my mother tongue… I had written “at the beginning” and I ended up mixing both when I changed it 🙁 *sigh*

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