Title: Blood Red Road
Author: Moira Young
Publication Date: June 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Review Copy Provided by: publisher
About the Book: 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.
My Thoughts: This was my first read for 2011, and I loved it! Saba is a very strong willed, independent kind of girl, who loves her brother, and will do anything to find him, even if it means taking her bratty kid sister along for the ride.
From the fist page, to the last, I was hooked. Young took me into Saba's world, and allowed me, the reader, to escape from this world into one that was filled with wastelands, savages, girls who fight in cages, and a King. I wanted to be there every step of the way with Saba and Young made me feel as if I was right there through her writing.
Saba didn't t know anything other than Silverlake, except for what she had heard from her father. After her brother is taken away, she embarks on a journey that will lead her to places she's only heard of, allow her to meet some rogue characters, and help her discover things about herself that she didn't know, which cause her to grow into a strong woman. Saba's sister won't be left behind, after all, Lugh is her brother too. Lugh is Saba's twin, and her little sister will just get in the way, but throughout the book, she continues to find Saba and get her way. I loved the way the sisters' relationship grows and blossoms as the story unfolds. They start out in a love/hate relationship and end up in a loving one, the way sisters should be. Saba also learns about romance, something she tries to avoid throughout the story. She is strong and independent but the reader learns that she also has a soft side.
This is a book that I really enjoyed. It doesn't come out until summer, but if you get your hands on an ARC, I encourage you to read it!