Book Review of Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

Posted October 15, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Pages: 432
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Source: Edelweiss

Blurb: It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

Review: When Blood Red Road came out last year, dystopians were still a fairly new trend and most book lovers were still enthusiastic about reading them. At least I think so. But now, after a year, they are still coming strong and there looks to be no end in sight. Which is fine, but it is a little tiresome and the fresh ideas seem to be running out. The good news though, is that if you were anticipating this sequel, it is every bit as good as the first book was, and in some ways better. Yes, I gave the first book 5 stars and only gave this one 4. But you also have to understand how picky I am now. And also, me knocking off a star is totally a personal thing. I had major issues with Lugh.

Lugh. What is there to say about that little, whining, bad-decision-making blowhard? Well, I could not stand him? He would not shut up, and he kept trying to boss Saba around. And the thing is, that’s fine if you have more knowledge or know more about a situation and you are trying to get someone to see it your way, but he went above and beyond that, and to be honest, he was an idiot. He was NOT coming from a place of knowledge because he knew nothing. He was almost verbally abusive and I think some readers might think he was. Now I know the author wrote him this way to make him appear damaged because of what he went through in the hands of the Tonton, but she also made him completely unlikable. I wanted him to get burned at the stake and shot by the Tonton all in the same day. No, I am not exaggerating. He. Was. INFURIATING.

Fortunately, that’s really my only complaint. It is a little weird that there is absolutely NO dialogue in these books, but somehow it works. And I’m sure if you decide to read this book, you have already read Blood Red Road and so you know the dialect takes a little getting used to. This time I fell right into the language. It truly took no time at all. I LOVE this author’s writing style. Once this series is done, I don’t know what she will do next, but I know it will be different because the styling here has totally to do with Saba’s character and the world-building. But I still really enjoy the flow of her words and the words she chooses! It is SO important to me.

As for the story? It just keeps getting better. There is a severe lacking of Jack in this book, which was disappointing, but there are reasons for that also. I really loved the story and the direction the author is taking it in. And the suspense? IT WOWED ME. This book was SO hard to walk away from and I read it faster than I have read most books lately. It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2012. And in a year when most sophomore attempts are turning out to be mediocre, this is not one of them. And I could not be happier about that since this is easily one of my favorite series.

It is a dystopian setting that is believable, truly works, and is actually frightening. The characters (sans Lugh) are brilliantly written and developed. If you liked Saba in BRR, I think you will like her even more here. She is a little selfish in this one but she has her reasons. We’re also introduced to a couple of new characters that I fell hard for. As always, Moira Young isn’t afraid to kill off her characters if she deems it necessary, so prepare to be a little heartbroken. Oh, and Saba does something really stupid. But if you can look past that and realize it is because she’s human, flawed, and makes mistakes, then I think this is a book that will really resonate. It did with me. And I am DYING for the next one.

To purchase a copy of Rebel Heart from, click here: Rebel Heart (Dust lands).

13 responses to “Book Review of Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

  1. Amy

    Fantastic review Kara! I loved Blood Red Road and I am dying to read this one. I am so glad to know that it’s as good or better than the first one. I loved the writing style of Blood Red Road too and am looking forward to getting back into this world again.

  2. YES! πŸ˜€ I am SO glad you enjoyed this one and I agree – Lugh was SO irritating! >.< I can’t wait for the final installment in this trilogy though. I have a feeling it’ll be fantastic, so I can’t wait to see what Young comes up with next. Wonderful review, Kara! πŸ™‚

    • I’ve been reading a lot of annoying characters lately (for some reason) but I still think Lugh was the worse of the lot. Is it a 3 book trilogy? Well thank goodness for that. I was worried it was going to be one of those never ending ones. LOL.

  3. Couldn’t read the review obvi, but I’m glad to see this came out to a four, since I know you felt a lot of Lugh frustration and I feared it might ruin your enjoyment.

    • It did a little. But I still really enjoyed it. Lugh is probably the reason this got a 4 and not a 5. I just felt his actions went overboard and were overwritten. If there was a word beyond hatred, that was what I felt for his character.

  4. Sam

    Saba really did do something stupid, and while I was annoyed at the time, I think you’re right to say that everyone makes mistakes. It’s not hard to acknowledge that she’s a flawed character. πŸ™‚ Lovely review, Kara! I enjoyed this too and look forward to seeing where things go in the next book.

    • Thanks, Sam. Everyone makes mistakes and if anything it actually made me like Saba more because she does give off a perfectionist vibe sometimes. So it made her feel more real, ya know? She can screw up like the rest of us.

      LUGH sucks. I am so anti-Lugh I might start a website. Kidding. πŸ™‚

  5. I agree with you. Lugh is one of the most annoying characters I’ve seen in a long time. I really hope he dies in the next book. DeMalo can stay alive, but Lugh has to die, vanish, get kidnapped again… whatever makes him disappear from the book xD. But I hope we’ll see much more of Jack. And I also “forgive” Saba πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha, you hope Lugh dies? I don’t know if i would go that far because I am worried how it would affect Saba. But yes, I agree with him disappearing from the book. Lugh needs to go off to college. LOL. I agree. We need more Jack. But I don’t hate DeMalo either. I can’t wait to see what the author does with his character.

    • I know, Saba could be devastated…or maybe she would be relieved too, because she wouldn’t have to keep listening to him hahaa. But, really, I think Lugh’s death could be a way of making Saba stronger or something like that xD. If that’s not an option, I guess I could accept the college idea πŸ˜›

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