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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407124250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407124254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''A shot of pure adrenalin. Exuberant, exciting and charged with emotion, its powerful, pared-down prose draws us into a world of adventure. More than just good fun. If a better book for teenagers is published this year, I'll be surprised'' --The Times ''Much of Young's writing has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering hotwinds and swirling clouds of orange dust. Scenes are brief, told in a few pages with fast-paced action. And the sentences are economical, dry and tight... The dialect takes getting used to, but the payoff is a musical brokenness to the language, which creaks along nicely with Saba's observations of her torn-up surroundings'' --New York Times ''It's 'Mad Max' and 'The Hunger Games' meet 'True Grit', except the protagonist, a teen named Saba, is arguably fiercer than the young women in those latter titles... Young's choices are refreshing. 'Blood Red Road' moves at an incredible pace, peopled by characters that spring up fully formed and swinging. This author moves between ruthless action and gorgeous, buttery narration... In the hands of a lesser writer, that style might have dragged. But first-time author Young is talented... This is a must-read, where girls rescue boys, and where the future looms up full of hope and loss, struggles and archetypes that give the story a timeless, classic edge'' --Globe and Mail

''Much of Young's writing has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering hotwinds and swirling clouds of orange dust. Scenes are brief, told in a few pages with fast-paced action. And the sentences are economical, dry and tight... The dialect takes getting used to, but the payoff is a musical brokenness to the language, which creaks along nicely with Saba's observations of her torn-up surroundings.'' --New York Times

''It's 'Mad Max' and 'The Hunger Games' meet 'True Grit', except the protagonist, a teen named Saba, is arguably fiercer than the young women in those latter titles... Young's choices are refreshing. 'Blood Red Road' moves at an incredible pace, peopled by characters that spring up fully formed and swinging. This author moves between ruthless action and gorgeous, buttery narration... In the hands of a lesser writer, that style might have dragged. But first-time author Young is talented... This is a must-read, where girls rescue boys, and where the future looms up full of hope and loss, struggles and archetypes that give the story a timeless, classic edge.'' --Globe and Mail

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Moira Young was an actress, comedian and singer before becoming a writer. She came to London from her native Canada to perform on the stage and toured with Travelling Opera in the UK and Europe. In 2003 she enrolled on a creative writing course at Bath Spa University. BLOOD RED ROAD is her first book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Gannet TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2011
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For eighteen years Saba has lived an isolated life, with her father, her twin Lugh and little sister Emmi, with few neighbours or visitors to spoil things. But life at Silverlake is changing, the ground is dying and the rains refuse to come. For all her life Saba has followed Lugh's lead, but now he is talking about leaving and Saba doesn't know what to do.

Until strangers come and snatch her brother away. Now Saba has no choice. She's always followed in Lugh's shadow - now it's up to her to fetch him back.

But the world is a wider, wilder place than Saba yet knows, and more troubles lie ahead than she can imagine. Yet she made a promise to her twin and she won't break it - no matter what it takes.

Written in first person phoentics, with minimal punctuation (no speech marks!) I'll admit this took me a while to get into and definitely isn't for everyone. That might also have had something to do with Saba, though. The girl we first meet just doesn't fit. She's supposed to be Lugh's shadow, following him around and being mean to her little sister. She's too unformed and shallow.

Thankfully once Lugh's gone things change quickly - not least Saba - who assumes control exceedingly easy for a shadow. True, her behaviour towards Emmi needs work, but at least it's consistent. In fact once Saba hits the road, I soon forgot all about the dodgy spelling and quirky grammar, and began thoroughly enjoying this dystopian world, made up of the scrap remains of our own.

It's a hard, desperate place, filled with hard, desperate people, and Saba is soon on a steep learning curve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Barker-Drew on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adored `Blood Red Road'. It was so fresh and unlike anything I've ever read before!

The setting is described marvellously, with barren wastelands being the main environment. It feels like a whole new futuristic, bleak world, in which there are terrible sandstorms. Young split `Blood Red Road' into sections, such as when Saba came to a new place and this really added to the adventure theme, as I felt like I was on the journey with Saba.

The characters in `Blood Red Road' feel very real! Saba was definitely annoying at first, but grew on me as the novel progressed. She had her bad points -she is very selfish, but also her good points -fiercely independent. Saba really does go through her own personal journey through the novel and learns much more about herself. I liked how she was willing to sacrifice herself to rescue her brother - I also enjoyed how it was a girl doing the rescuing! :)

Jack was an enjoyable character! I l liked him from the first meeting and I'm glad that he had an important involvement in the story. He is very humorous, and I felt like `Blood Red Road' needed a character like Jack to lighten the tension in parts. Most of the characters all added that little bit of something into the novel and I enjoyed reading about them, from Papa, to Tommo, to Emmi.

The plot kept me on the edge of my toes throughout! There was always something happening , whether it be kidnap or fighting. I particularly enjoyed how Young created her own dialect. This emphasised the sense of a whole new world and time. The contrast between the beginning and the end is very clear and I really enjoyed seeing how Saba's situation had been developed and changed throughout.

Overall, I loved `Blood Red Road' and I would recommend to anyone who loves a massive adventure, strong, feisty heroine, a little bit of romance and plenty of action! I will definitely read the sequel, which comes out next year! :)

5 out of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Owen, Books 4 Teens on 24 July 2011
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Let me start out by saying that Blood Red Road is an epic story - the pure scale of the journey that characters go through demonstrates the need for page a count a tad on the large side.

The story poses a very tough problem within the first few pages - what would you do if your brother was kidnapped by strange people and taken from you? Would you follow and do whatever it takes to get him back? Blood Red Road is the story of what happens when Saba decides she will do what needs to be done.

It leads her and her almost fearless younger sister, Emmi on a journey which will change their lives, the way they see the world and the way they see the people around them forever.

Blood Red Road's pace really picks up after about 100 pages as the characters we meet become more self interested - there's more to many of them than first meet the eye and each one we meet has a direct and important role in the story, the way that each of them are connected leads to some unexpected twists and some scenes which in a lawless society I could sadly imagine happening.

That said there are some genuinely lovely characters thrown in there too, Jack for instance comes across initially as arrogant and cocky and my first impressions of him were not overly positive but he proves himself again and again and, maybe just maybe he deserves his bravado.

I've already mentioned Emmi but she was my favourite character so I have to mention her again :D . She shows so much strength and loyalty throughout that by the end of the book I completely respected her. Sure she goes against Saba's wishes but in a way that's what makes her so great.

If you love adventure stories on an epic scale Blood Red Road will be for you, it has everything you could want - adventure, action and a gentle romance thrown in for good measure, it if was a tiny bit shorter for me at least it would have been perfect!
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