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Moira Young
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4 Jan 2012 Dustlands
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. "I ain't afeared of nuthin." Saba's twin is golden. She is his living shadow. He is strong and beautiful. She is scrawny and dark. Nothing will separate them... Raised in isolated Silverlake, Saba is ignorant of the harsh and violent world beyond her home. But when her twin is snatched by black-robed riders, red rage fills her soul. How will Saba find him in a wild, scorching and lawless land? Racing across the cruel dustlands to find him, she can spare no one. Not even the boy who saves her life. She must silence her heart to survive. Blood will spill. Every step of Saba's journey sizzles with danger in this futuristic thriller, which beats with a powerful, red-blooded heart. "A shot of pure adrenalin. Exuberant, exciting and charged with emotion... If a better book for teenagers is published this year, I'll be surprised." The Times "Has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering hotwinds and swirling clouds of orange dust." New York Times

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (4 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407124269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407124261
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An astonishing debut novel which has us all hooked from beginning to the unpredictable end --Costa award judges

a shot of pure adrenalin --The Times

An outstanding dystopian debut novel from Young; think The Hunger Games meets The Road. --The Bookseller

a shot of pure adrenalin --The Times

An outstanding dystopian debut novel from Young; think The Hunger Games meets The Road. --The Bookseller

a shot of pure adrenalin --The Times

An outstanding dystopian debut novel from Young; think The Hunger Games meets The Road. --The Bookseller

About the Author

Moira Young was an actress, comedian, opera singer, dancer and teacher before becoming a writer. She came to London from her native Canada to perform on the alternative comedy circuit, become a tap-dancing chorus girl, tour with Travelling Opera in the UK and France, and to sing solo at many London venues. Her first ambition was always to be a writer, and in 2003 she enrolled on a creative writing course. BLOOD RED ROAD is her first book

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Red Road 31 Aug 2012
By F.L
Format:Kindle Edition
Blood Red Road (BRR) was a highly enjoyable book, with an incredible plot line. It is an amazing post-apocalyptic book that has action, romance and that extra thing that just makes the book a wonderful read. The characters are very well written and you easily find yourself empathising with some of them, like Emmi. The only criticism I have of BRR is its lack of speech marks. There are no speech marks in BRR. Ever. It can sometimes get quite confusing because of that. However, whilst that annoyed me greatly, I am glad I carried on reading it. I would most definitely recommend BRR. It is a gripping read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Book of the Year So Far 19 Aug 2013
Blood Red Road follows Saba on her journey to find her brother Lugh, who's been taken by some cloaked men. Saba has to leave Silverlake, the only home she's ever known, to go and find him, risking her life to get her twin back.
Blood Red Road is set in an apocalyptic future where there are no laws. Saba, Lugh, their younger sister Emmi and their pa all live so far away from anyone that they don't get into any trouble. However when Lugh is taken, Saba more or less goes running for trouble and shoving it out of her way. Blood Red Road is set in the Dustlands and the settings are all rocks and sand and harsh, like Saba's world.

To start with, I struggled with Blood Red Road. This is because the writing style is so different than anything else I've come across. The whole novel is narrated in Saba's speech patterns, for example: git instead of get, an instead of and, jest instead of just. Because of this, a lot of it is also grammatically incorrect which didn't bother me but I feel it may bother some readers. It was difficult to grasp but once I fell into it somewhere in the first fifty pages, I loved it. I don't think it should've been written in any other way. My favourite example of the way this is written I have to share with you. It's the word exactly. In Blood Red Road it is spelt like this: "ezzackly". I think it's brilliant.
Another style choice - much stranger than writing the novel in Saba's speech patterns - was the decision not to include speech marks. This was much more difficult to get on with as sometimes I was unsure what had been said aloud. But I was shocked to find that it wasn't impossible to get on with. If Blood Red Road has taught me anything about writing, it's that you don't have to listen to the rules.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was recommended Blood Red Road after greatly enjoying the Hunger Games and Chaos Walking trilogies. As a 40 year old man, I am not really the target audience for "YA" literature. My 13 year old daughter reads "YA" books and it's nice to be able to talk about books with her, so when she gets excited about a book, I see if I want to read it too. I was greatly impressed with the afore-mentioned trilogies and was keen to further mine this genre, if it can be called that. Given the reviews BRR has garnered, I think I expected too much - Blood Red Road is fun, written in a compelling vernacular (similar to Todd's voice from the Chaos Walking trilogy) with some really good action scenes and an interesting heroine. However, I felt that the character development was limited; some of the characters were rather two-dimensional (in particular, the "baddies" of the piece), there were some gaping holes in the credibility of certain aspects of the story and there was far too much 'Mills and Boon'-level romantic prose. Without wishing to give away any spoilers, I also felt the final phase of the book pushed my ability to suspend disbelief too far.

I think I may have experienced the very best that YA has to offer in The Hunger Games and Chaos Walking - those books were not only great adventures, but also had deeper meaning and provided the reader with many important issues to think about, long after the books finished. If I seem dismissive, I do think BRR is better written and better developed than most any "adult" best seller. Moira Young has done a better job than I would expect from Dan Brown, for instance, but the book still falls short; it is, at best, an adequate time-filler, but I do not imagine that any of the characters or situations will stay with me beyond a few days.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 15 Dec 2013
By Craig
This product has recieved many positive reviews however its format makes it totally unreadable. The book is written from the perspective of the main character Saba which isn't my favourite style anyway, in all honesty. What really does it is the lack of grammar, punctuation and spelling it really becomes a struggle to read and it became a barrier I could not pass. The format made me focus on the words and trying to interperet rather than the story and I was unable to finish the book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Good! 30 May 2011
By Valery Koroshilov VINE VOICE
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This book is truly amazing. It grabbed my attention from the start by its unique use of language. The spelling here is a very powerful tool for shaping up the characters: when you pronounce the phrase the way it's spelled in a dialogue, - you immediately visualize the character. It's an effective and original device, although initially required some effort.

The dynamic pace of the action, the choice of the truly exciting adventures, the unforgettable characters, and the overall simple and clear structure of a rather lengthy text - are quite remarkable for a debut novel. I should imagine the book and its author will do very well, and I would be most interested to read a continuation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, the language takes a bit of getting used to, but the story and characters are well thought out and keep you wanting more.
Published 2 days ago by Debbie Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this!
My friend finished Hunger Games and wanted another book, so I gave her my copy of this. She loves it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. O'CONNOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthing sticking with
At first, I found the narrative style of Blood Red Road to be incredibly off-putting. The story is told in first person from Saba's perspective and is written in her dialect,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kim Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammar
Many people in all the other reviews, comment on the grammar.and I can say one thing:it brings the book to life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read.
This series is brilliant I can't fault! I love the way the author has written these books it has loads of action humour and romance.
Published 5 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline, but no grammar
I really like the storyline, and I think it has real potential to become a huge hit, if I could just get over the fact that the entire book lacks any kind of proper spelling,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ~
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
Really good love the way it turn out must read can't wait to read the second book ;).
Happy reading
Published 6 months ago by josh
2.0 out of 5 stars Could barely get started, so frustrated.
This is only the second book I've ever DNF'd (Did Not Finish) in 3 1/2 years of book blogging. In fact, I barely started it and here's why... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey, it's a good'un.
First off, i loved the writing style. The first person, with no speech marks actually really let's you get under Saba's skin. And what a heroine she is! Read more
Published 9 months ago by daisy_chain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. One of my best 2013 reads
See my Rebel Heart review (sequel to BRR). Just Brilliant! Saba's voice is compelling and gritty, her simple language conveying the harsh world she lives in with total clarity. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lizzythebrit
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