''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
-"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."
"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."