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Blood Red Road (Dust lands Book 1) by [Young, Moira]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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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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"It's "Mad Max" and The Hunger Games meets True Grit. . . .The 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, and she's just getting started. . . 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."
-"The Globe and Mail"

"Eerie and adventurous. . .on par with Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker. . . Blood Red Road has a cinematic quality that makes it white-hot. . . .The fervor is more than warranted."
-"LA Times"

"Brutal and thrilling."
--"The Wall Street Journal"

"Not only will it satisfy the cravings of Hunger Games fans, but it is--dare I say--better than The Hunger Games. . . . This book will blow you away. . . . Blood Red Road simply delivers. The story, the writing, the characters and the narrative voice are stunning and completely original, setting this book apart from the crowd of dystopian novels."
--Hollywood Crush, MTV.com

"[Blood Red Road is] poised to be the next big thing in teen fiction, and with good reason. . . . The world . . . is beautifully wrought, as well as terrifyingly plausible. . . . Young has taken familiar pieces of everything from "Gladiator "to Lord of the Rings and put them in the hands of a spunky, moody heroine who breaths new life into old motifs."
--"Quill & Quire"

"[Blood Red Road] mashes together McCarthy's intensity with a laconic narrative style taken from the literature of the American west. . . . Yes, this is the perfect apocalypse for pre-teens."
--"The Guardian "(UK)

"Young adults will enjoy reading this story of the transformation that is possible when you fight for what you believe in and know in your heart that it is right."
--"National Post"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4805 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GOBI9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Blood Red Road is raw, arid, grit in your eyes compelling and it drags you into a world of hopeless, praying the main characters will be left with their bodies complete and a shadow of soul left to nurture.
Four horsemen kick the story into life by kidnapping Lugh, Saba’s twin brother, and the son of a desperate man the horseman, thankfully put down like a wounded dog.
Saba vows to rescue her brother but there’s a little sister, a bothersome thing whose birth nine years earlier was the death of their mother. Emmi is her name and untrainable stubborn she proves to be.
With a crow stealing the best scenes the threesome head out into a waste land so bereft of life you got to wonder how many apocalypses it takes to reduce a world to nothing.
They are captured and transported to a thunder dome type world where Saba has to fight daily to the death, but she learns the location of lugh’s prison and his imminent sacrifice at the hands of an immortal King. In between the scrapping, a task Saba has a natural feral talent, she befriends an all female troop called the Free Hawks and fights against an all consuming love for fellow cage fighter Jack.
Did I like this story? Oh yeah, I liked it a lot.
Just a quick point to put out there. If Saba met Katniss in a fight I reckon Saba would cream the girl from district twelve easy. Hand to hand combat that is. I mean don’t let Katniss anywhere near a bow and quiver stuffed with arrows.
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This is Moira Young's debut novel and what an entrance to the world of young adult literature she has made. 'Blood Red Road' is a relentless adventure which will grip you from beginning to end and will leave you counting the days until the sequel is released.

The story revolves around Saba trying to find her brother, taken from their family home by mysterious men on horseback. Saba's quest takes place in a dystopian world which Young has vividly created. There are elements of our world and yet so much is different. Cities are now concrete jungles and new species roam the barren wastelands, ready to pounce on unsuspecting souls.

The book moves at an exhilarating pace as Young pushes Saba ever onwards on her quest. Accompanied by younger sister Emmi, Saba endures many challenges including a period where she is a competitor in a'Hunger Games'(fellow dystopian novel) style cage fighting event.

It is within the walls of the cage fighting arena that Saba discovers Jack who joins the two sisters in their desperate search for Lugh. The three of them all play their part in the books exciting final chapters.

Saba is one of the many reasons you will love this book. Feisty, fearless and yet at times fragile she leads you through Young's desolate landscape with no fear. Jack although arrogant and cocky still comes across as a likeable guy and the love/hate relationship which develops between him and Saba is an enjoyable plot development.

Almost stealing the show from Saba is her pet crow, Nero. Never has there been a more unorthodox yet instantly likeable hero in a book! A constant confidant for Saba, Nero allows us to see what Saba is really thinking as she continues on her journey.
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I couldn't put this down - I've seen the comparisons with Hunger Games and although I've seen those movies, haven't read the books yet. As such I can't really comment about the relative merits of the two series but for me this was just excellent. Once you get into the rhythm of the writing style it's easy to follow.
Without giving too much away, it's a tale of downtrodden people in a post-apocalyptic world, with would-be empire builders exploiting the weak and the poor. Written in the first person by Saba, it's mainly the story of her searching to free her twin brother Lugh after he's kidnapped and their father killed. Saba is hindered by her younger sister Emmi, whom she's never really loved. During their adventure both of them learn a lot about themselves and each other as well as the harshness of the new world they inhabit.
One of the things I liked about this story was that all of the protagonists were credible; the good guys weren't always perfect and the bad guys weren't always purely evil. I've now read the other 2 books in the series and enjoyed them enormously. They're probably aimed at the Young Adult audience, but I'm 55 and found them riveting.
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