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An unbeatable survivor and a cunning opponent Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks Saba's unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilizati this book is one of the most anticipated release titles in teen fiction and i got to read it early because ariel is a gift to mankindtake that teens you guys get fast metabolisms and hopeful outlooks and unlimited potential and i get advanced readers copies even stevenso she gave me this book about twins and a bird which is like giving a new young mother a buddy book where a kidnapper teams up with SIDS for adventures and romancebut i braved my fears and read what i was hoping would be cormac mccarthy for teens a postapocalyptic meditation on evil where a chick on a horse roams the desert enacting vengeance and trying to reclaim her kidnapped twin sounds rad right???i started reading this on the subway home from going to see true grit as blood red road is about a rugged sunbaked environment and a girl on a horse with a mission there was no way i wasn't going to visualize that true grit actress in this role even though she was considerably younger than the girl in this bookthis is simply anecdotal and maybe i am stalling?? the book is very fast paced and the story is exciting and original the kids are going to love this me i had troubles with my disbelief suspension because i have been around the literary block and have read all sorts of books but i was still enjoying it and turning the pages rapidly with anticipation the cage match stuff was the best and i would love to have read of that segment it reminded me of blood of heroes which is an excellent movie WHY DOES NO ONE AGREE WITH ME ON THIS? but in this book two girls one cage anything goes and any girl who loses three times gets to retire by being torn apart by the rabid crowd why have any additional plot? this is all i needed to love this book alas it was but fleeting but while it was happening it was badass and i was rivetedhowever the romance subplot was the weakest element she is eighteen he is older but they act like teenagers in their mood swings and emotional fumblings and ariel pointed out that in this situation where there are so few people and no way to pattern behavior and no expectations based on media etc they would naturally behave in an awkward way but if this is the case it reuires a lot of psychological extrapolation on the part of the reader which seems unkind to a teen audience who are necessarily weaker in their extratextual assessments simply based upon inexperience so i am dismissing that explanation hear me ariel i dismiss itit was good and i will read the rest of the books when they come out no mistake but it didn't turn me inside out the way hunger games did it just seemed superficial katniss has depth as a character she is flawed but her flaws make sense and humanize her this character is just single minded to her own detriment and prone to little hissy fits again this might be a result of not having anyone in her life to teach her behavioral norms or just of different norms for a different world but characters take really serious actions that should have repercussions and conseuences and they make these decisions so casually YOU ARE LIVING IN A WASTELAND WITH SCARY SANDWORMS AND A MANIACAL KING CAUSE AND EFFECT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED PLEASE don't just assume there is going to be a later y'all need to communicate betterit may be the next big thing but it may not be my next big thing i will most definitely read of this series and the rest of you can wait until june to make up your own mindscome to my blog Josef Muller-Brockmann is one of the most anticipated release titles Secretos de una bruja celta (Obras De Referencia - Extramuros) in teen fiction and The Thin Grey Line i got to read Pintoricchio it early because ariel Il cubo di Rubik. 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review Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Beloved twin brother Lugh is around But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh Saba's world is shattered and she embarks on a uest to get him backSuddenly thrown into the lawless ugly reality of the outside world Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter the protagonist of this post apocalyptic YA western is a crow named Nero now this is some bird he has tons of personality kind and generous and affectionate and reasonable and uick thinking and a good sport and he finds clues and naturally he saves the day in the end with his excellent ability to fly swiftly summon cavalry Nero you're the MAN BIRD I loved that crow and was enchanted by his every appearance happy sighthe blurbs for this book describe it as a sort of Mad Max in book form I dunno about that maybe a little I also dunno about it being a Road Warrior type book however I would say that it is definitely a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome type book complete with a sort of thunderdome and tough kids coming out of their world to rescue other kids and get in all sorts of unpleasant adventuresso Nero flies through this blighted landscape trying to do the best that he can and usually succeeding he is some kind of bird unfortunately he is surrounded by a cast that is less than inspiring there is a mysterious young adventurer named Jack who charms everyone and has important life lessons to teach and who spends a lot of time shirtless and who inexplicably hides important details about an important journey because well why exactly? I dunno there is a two dimensional villainess named Ma Pincher I think who is characterized by her apparent 'manliness' which I suppose is a real flaw in a woman right? huh there is some character who enters the narrative so that he can die in the end there is a tough and loyal little sister named Emmi who I didn't mind so much and thought was rather adorable in her tough and loyal little way there is a boy twin named Lugh who is pure good and who has long golden hair and a hairy chest and that's about all as far as characterization goes most unfortunately there is a girl twin named Saba who is dreadful just thoroughly repellent unimaginative short sighted petty verbally and emotionally abusive to her younger sister disinterested in anything but her own goal sulks about saving the world for chrissakes and harboring distinctly creepy and uasi incestuous feelings towards her twin she was a real drag whenever she appeared unfortunately she appears on every pagethere is a love story that takes over in the last third which only made the stomach flu I was stuck with this past weekend feel worse thanks a lot love storythe cover is cheez whiz and that silhouette doesn't look much like the character it is supposed to be and where's Nero??the voice is not badly done I suppose it is a FIRST PERSON YOU ARE THERE NOW I AM DESCRIBING THIS AS IT HAPPENS TO ME RIGHT NOW OMG type voice except in a Bastard Out of Carolina rural redneck twang and minus the omg despite being annoying it was rather effective too I guess so thanks to the not bad prose and especially thanks to the wonderful amazing delightful hero of a crow named Nero who owns every scene he's in a painful to read book gets 2 stars instead of 1 stargood job Nero not only did you save the day you just saved this book from being a completely excruciating experience for me in the end it was only rather excruciating yay Nero On the Edge (Dublin Nights, is around But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh Saba's world Snakewood is shattered and she embarks on a uest to get him backSuddenly thrown 88 Poems into the lawless ugly reality of the outside world Saba discovers she Relatos íntimos is a fierce fighter the protagonist of this post apocalyptic YA western The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix Von Luckner, the Last Raider Under Sail is a crow named Nero now this The Ultimate Resource is some bird he has tons of personality kind and generous and affectionate and reasonable and uick thinking and a good sport and he finds clues and naturally he saves the day The Chronicles of Little Nicholas in the end with his excellent ability to fly swiftly summon cavalry Nero you're the MAN BIRD I loved that crow and was enchanted by his every appearance happy sighthe blurbs for this book describe El enigma del laberinto perdido it as a sort of Mad Max Josef Muller-Brockmann in book form I dunno about that maybe a little I also dunno about Secretos de una bruja celta (Obras De Referencia - Extramuros) it being a Road Warrior type book however I would say that The Thin Grey Line it Pintoricchio is definitely a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome type book complete with a sort of thunderdome and tough kids coming out of their world to rescue other kids and get Il cubo di Rubik. 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▶ ACE #1 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 This review may contain mild spoilers but they're nothing that you won't see in the trailer for the film That's right Ridley Scott optioned this book for a film before it was even published and it's easy to see why It's a hugely entertaining spectacle full of adventure and excitement and thrills with action scenes that you can clearly picture as you read themSaba's twin brother Lugh has been kidnapped by a band of horsemen and she sets off alone on the uest to bring him back Well she tries to go alone but her pesky little sister Emmi keeps finding a way to tag along after her even though they're trekking through a dried up wasteland filled with danger around every turn Here are some of the things that made this story super fun Saba is a bad ass There's no beating around the bush about this the girl can handle a crossbow and won't let anything get in the way of her goal There is cage fighting Girl cage fighting There is a thrilling prison escape There are giant killer wormsI could go on and on but frankly if you weren't convinced by giant killer worms this is clearly not the book for you Oh But there is one very important thing Jack Tall handsome Jack Saba doesn't want to be distracted by anything but it's pretty hard not to pay attention to a guy as attractive as this one All of these things made Blood Red Road a great escapist fantasy and I think most people are really going to enjoy itThere were however some things that I felt could have used a little fleshing out While I liked the pivotal third cage fight the previous two fights were throwaway scenes which were lost opportunities for action Some of the transitions between scenes could have been a little smoother There are two scenes of sacrifice in this book both of which I expected but both could probably have been written to pack of an emotional punch I did appreciate the clear visual beauty of the first one however I also think the relationship in this book was probably its weakest point I like Jack a lot and I like Saba but the push and pull between them felt unreasonably drawn out and a little forced The dialogue there also bordered on a little cheesy at times though again I did like them as a couple It's also important to note that the dialect in this book which is harsh and a little grating may be hard for some readers to stomach Normally this kind of thing would be irritating to me but actually I found the speech in the book pretty easy to adjust to which is a mark of how great a job the author did with moving the action and dialogue along There is also lots of terrific humor and great characters peppered throughout though it might've been nice to give them a little ink What makes this book a 3 star book for me though is that it's an enjoyable read but perhaps one that's not terriblydeep Or complex But then again it's not really trying to be Overall the story is a lot of fun to read and the action and adventure provide one heck of a ride Saba's going to be remembered as a literary heroine who is prickly and flawed but still fiercely determined and ultimately extremely likable I can't wait to meet up with her again to see where the next journey takes her This review also appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher


10 thoughts on “Blood Red Road

  1. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerThis book is not going to be out until June so I feel very lucky for having had an opportunity to read it so early I hope it will get enough promo buzz over the next few months to reach tons of readers because Blood Red Road very much deserves it It is a stand out in the new crop of dystopianpost apocalyptic YA fiction most of which is crapThe novel is basically an adventure uest set in a distant post apocalyptic future Saba's twin brother Lugh is kidnapped in front of her eyes Why and where he is taken Saba doesn't know but she is determined to do everything she can to find and rescue him Obstacles and adventures are ahead of herI uite liked Saba There is a bit of Katniss Everdeen in her that familiar determination stubbornness strength charisma and heightened survival instincts In fact Blood Red Road is a celebration of girl power You will not see a single limp damsel in distress in this novel Women here regardless of their age are strong and self reliant and surprisingly they don't waste their time on trying to prove they have balls to the men around them by wearing pants and rejecting everything feminine They simply are women and they kick ass No gender politics and struggles here Very refreshingWhat else is great about the book it the writing style I am guessing it will be a hit or miss with the readers Saba lives in a world where almost all traces of civilization are gone She can't read or write so her narrating style consists of abrupt grammatically incorrect sentences Somehow it adds character to Saba's voice and urgency to the story itself The pacing of this novel is fast and it is never boringOn the other hand I agree with other reviewers who think the first part of the novel is stronger than the second Very true The first half is intense and suspenseful colored by Saba's single desire to save her brother The second half is still well paced but is diluted by rather predictable plot twists and formulaic romantic back and forth Although I won't be complaining about romance for too long I would have been upset if there was none and the main male sueeze is a cool likable dude Sufficiently hot make out sessions were greatly appreciated as wellAll in all I am left with a feeling that the beginning of the novel indicated that the book would be something ambitious something important and meaningful What it is is a well written fast paced adventure type commercial teen fiction which is not such a bad thing IMO Blood Red Road might not be my favorite book in the dystopianpost apocalyptic genre but it is definitely one of the better ones I look forward to reading the next two books in this promising new trilogy


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    Listen up since you may never hear these words from me again about any other book  I am not surprised in the least that this book is getting such buzz nor that rights to the film have already been acuired by Ridley Scott  You want to know why?  Because this book has everything that will keep anyone whether a reader or movie goer hooked action suspense drama unpredictability emotion romance and great characterizationUnlike other dystopian YA novels Blood Red Road isn't focused on issues that lead to rebellion and upheaval  You know what it is?   An adventure plain and simple  It's not seeking to teach but to engross and entertain and for me I was so thoroughly engrossed and entertained by this story that I really became invested in it over the course of almost 500 pagesTruthfully   Blood Red Road brought with it much of the amazement and horror that books such as Wolf Tower Poison Study and The Hunger Games had brought me in the past  The world building is not the main focus here; the characters and their emotions are in the spotlight while the adventure of the story acts as the plotAnd what an adventure it is   Dystopian as I felt with Veronica Roth's Divergent gives too many false impressions and preconceived notions to readers about this book  Rather the term dystopian fantasy fits Blood Red Road just right since the world of the story is much easier to imagine in fantasy terms than realistic ones  It's a fantastical adventure that though lacking magic and swords still manages to thrill and amazeThe heroine Saba honestly takes a bit of time to warm up towardsbut she is loyal brave and gutsy  She comes from a long line of heroines like Katniss from The Hunger Games and Katsa from Graceling who are flawed yet powerful emotionally stunted in some respects but passionate when it comes to the well beings of family friends and other loved ones  Such heroines come to mean to me than most other YA heroines especially those who fall hard and fast and oftentimes irrationally for the love interests and who can't take care of themselves whatsoever without falling into angst or damsel in distress modeDon't let me fool you into thinking that this novel is the Saba Show; yes it's her story but that doesn't mean she's always the center of everything  Honestly I loved all the characters and every little piece and tidbit about them   Jack the love interest didn't coddle Saba but tried to lead her to changing for the better even though she railed against him again and again  Emmi for being a little sister character was not a whiny little brat; instead she was a hard working and loyal girl a smaller version of Saba just much innocent and child likeThe dialect in the narrative may turn off some readers just as the lack of dialogue tags and overt descriptions might but I found all of it to be marks of this book's refreshing ualities compared to other YA dystopians focused on love and rebellion  No this book won't wow everyone but those who value adventure in their stories may come out of this book with praise than criticismI really look forward to what happens in the seuels; I suspect that Moira Young will keep surprising and amazing me in eual doses  June 7th can't come early enough for me to own my own copy of this book


  3. says:

    This review may contain mild spoilers but they're nothing that you won't see in the trailer for the film That's right Ridley Scott optioned this book for a film before it was even published and it's easy to see why It's a hugely entertaining spectacle full of adventure and excitement and thrills with action scenes that you can clearly picture as you read themSaba's twin brother Lugh has been kidnapped by a band of horsemen and she sets off alone on the uest to bring him back Well she tries to go alone but her pesky little sister Emmi keeps finding a way to tag along after her even though they're trekking through a dried up wasteland filled with danger around every turn Here are some of the things that made this story super fun Saba is a bad ass There's no beating around the bush about this the girl can handle a crossbow and won't let anything get in the way of her goal There is cage fighting Girl cage fighting There is a thrilling prison escape There are giant killer wormsI could go on and on but frankly if you weren't convinced by giant killer worms this is clearly not the book for you Oh But there is one very important thing Jack Tall handsome Jack Saba doesn't want to be distracted by anything but it's pretty hard not to pay attention to a guy as attractive as this one All of these things made Blood Red Road a great escapist fantasy and I think most people are really going to enjoy itThere were however some things that I felt could have used a little fleshing out While I liked the pivotal third cage fight the previous two fights were throwaway scenes which were lost opportunities for action Some of the transitions between scenes could have been a little smoother There are two scenes of sacrifice in this book both of which I expected but both could probably have been written to pack of an emotional punch I did appreciate the clear visual beauty of the first one however I also think the relationship in this book was probably its weakest point I like Jack a lot and I like Saba but the push and pull between them felt unreasonably drawn out and a little forced The dialogue there also bordered on a little cheesy at times though again I did like them as a couple It's also important to note that the dialect in this book which is harsh and a little grating may be hard for some readers to stomach Normally this kind of thing would be irritating to me but actually I found the speech in the book pretty easy to adjust to which is a mark of how great a job the author did with moving the action and dialogue along There is also lots of terrific humor and great characters peppered throughout though it might've been nice to give them a little ink What makes this book a 3 star book for me though is that it's an enjoyable read but perhaps one that's not terriblydeep Or complex But then again it's not really trying to be Overall the story is a lot of fun to read and the action and adventure provide one heck of a ride Saba's going to be remembered as a literary heroine who is prickly and flawed but still fiercely determined and ultimately extremely likable I can't wait to meet up with her again to see where the next journey takes her This review also appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher


  4. says:

    the protagonist of this post apocalyptic YA western is a crow named Nero now this is some bird he has tons of personality kind and generous and affectionate and reasonable and uick thinking and a good sport and he finds clues and naturally he saves the day in the end with his excellent ability to fly swiftly summon cavalry Nero you're the MAN BIRD I loved that crow and was enchanted by his every appearance happy sighthe blurbs for this book describe it as a sort of Mad Max in book form I dunno about that maybe a little I also dunno about it being a Road Warrior type book however I would say that it is definitely a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome type book complete with a sort of thunderdome and tough kids coming out of their world to rescue other kids and get in all sorts of unpleasant adventuresso Nero flies through this blighted landscape trying to do the best that he can and usually succeeding he is some kind of bird unfortunately he is surrounded by a cast that is less than inspiring there is a mysterious young adventurer named Jack who charms everyone and has important life lessons to teach and who spends a lot of time shirtless and who inexplicably hides important details about an important journey because well why exactly? I dunno there is a two dimensional villainess named Ma Pincher I think who is characterized by her apparent 'manliness' which I suppose is a real flaw in a woman right? huh there is some character who enters the narrative so that he can die in the end there is a tough and loyal little sister named Emmi who I didn't mind so much and thought was rather adorable in her tough and loyal little way there is a boy twin named Lugh who is pure good and who has long golden hair and a hairy chest and that's about all as far as characterization goes most unfortunately there is a girl twin named Saba who is dreadful just thoroughly repellent unimaginative short sighted petty verbally and emotionally abusive to her younger sister disinterested in anything but her own goal sulks about saving the world for chrissakes and harboring distinctly creepy and uasi incestuous feelings towards her twin she was a real drag whenever she appeared unfortunately she appears on every pagethere is a love story that takes over in the last third which only made the stomach flu I was stuck with this past weekend feel worse thanks a lot love storythe cover is cheez whiz and that silhouette doesn't look much like the character it is supposed to be and where's Nero??the voice is not badly done I suppose it is a FIRST PERSON YOU ARE THERE NOW I AM DESCRIBING THIS AS IT HAPPENS TO ME RIGHT NOW OMG type voice except in a Bastard Out of Carolina rural redneck twang and minus the omg despite being annoying it was rather effective too I guess so thanks to the not bad prose and especially thanks to the wonderful amazing delightful hero of a crow named Nero who owns every scene he's in a painful to read book gets 2 stars instead of 1 stargood job Nero not only did you save the day you just saved this book from being a completely excruciating experience for me in the end it was only rather excruciating yay Nero


  5. says:

    My First Impression What the hell is this writing style?Immediately you notice the grammatically incorrect sentences For example“Lugh’s bin sayin it fer a while now Pa’s gitten worse Mind you he ain’t bin right fer a long time”My thoughts on this writing styleAt first I had a hard time reading it After about 20 pages I did not even notice it As the story progresses you realize how important this writing style is to portray Saba The grammatically incorrect sentences reveal Saba’s rawness and her simple desire to survive without the need for fancy words or even correct words Saba can’t read or write She hasn’t even seen a book they were destroyed by the Wreckers the people responsible for the Post Apocalyptic world they are living in never written a sentence and never had a need to The Characters SabaSaba had me all over the place I hated her loved her felt pity for her felt anger for her and in the end I wanted to cheer for her and tell her good job Saba is your typical “middle child” in the beginning She lives a life of non existence As the story progresses you see Saba grow into an individual person and not just one half of a twinLughHer older brother he’s Saba’s twin but older by two hours is always in the lead Where Lugh goes Saba follows Saba doesn’t have to think or feel or live beyond the four walls of her shack because no one expects her to Lugh does the thinking EmmiSaba’s younger sister Emmi is the one that gets the blame for all the problems the rest of the family doesn’t blame Emi but Saba’s blame poor Emi’s guilt play an essential part in the story regarding the development of the characters If only Emi wasn’t born her mom wouldn’t have died “If only” happens a lot to poor Emmi You feel for her Emi was one of the sweetest most enduring characters I loved how Emi came out stronger than anyone imagined by the end of the bookJackI waited and waited and waited for Jack to disappoint me He’s the romantic interest for Saba and I expected the author to do the typical “lack of trust” route or “misunderstanding” route often taken with the romantic interest in the book Did not happen Just because there was trust and overall communication doesn’t mean the potential romance between Jack and Saba was boring In fact I loved their interactions Jack not only put Saba in her place regarding the way she treated Emi but he also challenged Saba in the way she thought about herself and their relationship togetherThe SettingDusty Dirty Gritty Blazing Sun Deadly winds It does not rain it pours The people are not civilized they are trying to survive Get in their way you die You can’t fend for yourself you starve and then you dieWhat I lovedSaba wasn’t perfect She screwed up plenty It’s easy to forget that she is so young when you really get into the book There is a point when she is running out of water and she uses some of the water to clean her face This is what a girl just trying to survive would do The author made her imperfect in an imperfect world Because of that I loved Saba and the story even The 2nd half of the book It was character oriented and less actionworld building but I thought it was wonderful I love how the reader is witness to Saba’s transformation The pace in the 2nd half is slower but much personal In the beginning it was all about survival and tactics and figuring others out The 2nd half was watching Saba's walls come down and the development of her relationship with Jack her sister and her new friends What I didn’t likeSmall holes in the story I really had to look for things not to like That is how much I loved this bookOverallLoved it I want the 2nd book now


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    This is the novel that I wanted Graceling to be An alternate worldreality full of adventure with a hardcore warrior heroine and here's the key bit who doesn't feel the need to unsex herself à la Lady Macbeth and prove that she's not feminine In fact all the female characters are wonderfully strong and unforgiving no damsels finally and there's just a general sense of euality pretty much everyone is a warrior without a masculinity v femininity contest Where Graceling seemed in some ways downright offensive to a 'certain type' of women Blood Red Road has a heroine who is unapologetic of her gender and doesn't attempt to constantly prove herself by becoming stereotypically masculineSaba is a great heroine She makes no pretense of being some kind of saviour or martyr she simply has two missions find her brother and stay alive She uses violence throughout but only to accomplish her missions rather than some kind of demonstration of her worth I also liked the love interest of the novel even with all the unnecessary dithering about they both did with regards to one another it seems romance is never straight forwardThe dystopian element of the novel had just the right amount of action and horror without that I'm just cruisin along through this awful oppressive society like in Matched where it's damn near impossible to care about the characters because even they don't seem too bothered about the whole situation It was a refreshingly uick take off too I prepared myself for a slow start when I encountered dust clouds in the first few pages uh do I care? but the novel got to the action almost instantly with a murder and kidnapping that's right no Diana Gabaldon style digression from the main story I've missed this kind of novel that get's into the thick of the plot right away Oh and another thing journies I love journies in novels when they're kept at a good fast pace you feel like there's constantly something happening Though the books are actually very different from Blood Red Road one of the main reasons I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go and Beyond the Deepwoods is because they had awesome fast paced journies throughout So yeah kudos for thatI know some people who've read ARCs of this didn't like the language style but I did I've always liked different accents dialect and collouialism It was different but a good kind of different Though on that subject I'd just like to finish with my own opinion of a bad kind of different What on earth is this bloody awful UK cover?The US version is a million and one times better


  7. says:

    this book is one of the most anticipated release titles in teen fiction and i got to read it early because ariel is a gift to mankindtake that teens you guys get fast metabolisms and hopeful outlooks and unlimited potential and i get advanced readers copies even stevenso she gave me this book about twins and a bird which is like giving a new young mother a buddy book where a kidnapper teams up with SIDS for adventures and romancebut i braved my fears and read what i was hoping would be cormac mccarthy for teens a postapocalyptic meditation on evil where a chick on a horse roams the desert enacting vengeance and trying to reclaim her kidnapped twin sounds rad right???i started reading this on the subway home from going to see true grit as blood red road is about a rugged sunbaked environment and a girl on a horse with a mission there was no way i wasn't going to visualize that true grit actress in this role even though she was considerably younger than the girl in this bookthis is simply anecdotal and maybe i am stalling?? the book is very fast paced and the story is exciting and original the kids are going to love this me i had troubles with my disbelief suspension because i have been around the literary block and have read all sorts of books but i was still enjoying it and turning the pages rapidly with anticipation the cage match stuff was the best and i would love to have read of that segment it reminded me of blood of heroes which is an excellent movie WHY DOES NO ONE AGREE WITH ME ON THIS? but in this book two girls one cage anything goes and any girl who loses three times gets to retire by being torn apart by the rabid crowd why have any additional plot? this is all i needed to love this book alas it was but fleeting but while it was happening it was badass and i was rivetedhowever the romance subplot was the weakest element she is eighteen he is older but they act like teenagers in their mood swings and emotional fumblings and ariel pointed out that in this situation where there are so few people and no way to pattern behavior and no expectations based on media etc they would naturally behave in an awkward way but if this is the case it reuires a lot of psychological extrapolation on the part of the reader which seems unkind to a teen audience who are necessarily weaker in their extratextual assessments simply based upon inexperience so i am dismissing that explanation hear me ariel i dismiss itit was good and i will read the rest of the books when they come out no mistake but it didn't turn me inside out the way hunger games did it just seemed superficial katniss has depth as a character she is flawed but her flaws make sense and humanize her this character is just single minded to her own detriment and prone to little hissy fits again this might be a result of not having anyone in her life to teach her behavioral norms or just of different norms for a different world but characters take really serious actions that should have repercussions and conseuences and they make these decisions so casually YOU ARE LIVING IN A WASTELAND WITH SCARY SANDWORMS AND A MANIACAL KING CAUSE AND EFFECT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED PLEASE don't just assume there is going to be a later y'all need to communicate betterit may be the next big thing but it may not be my next big thing i will most definitely read of this series and the rest of you can wait until june to make up your own mindscome to my blog


  8. says:

    Full review posted Here’s a fun concept let’s write a book but instead of using actual WORDS we’ll just slam our palms against the keyboard repeatedly and then publish whatever we get1111 best sellerI want firstly to apologize to the synopsis of the book bc it was too good to be representing such an awful book remember this is my opinion Secondly I want to apologize to grammar rules of the English language I’m sorry this book killed you you deserved better And for those who think I am overreacting this is what we had to work with Lugh thinks fer a moment Then he says Love makes you weak Carin fer somebody that much means you cain’t think straight This book definitely takes place in a dystopian world because uotation marks are extinct So as you can see getting past the writing is a feat on its own which I was not able to overcome bc I was too busy clawing at my eyes after reading 3 sentences Thirdly saba is a terrible main character Not only is she a self pitying whiny loserhead but she’s so incredibly mean to her little sister it made me sick she even reached a point where she slapped her in hER FACE LIKE THE KID IS NINE YEARS OLD YOU PIECE OF TRASH And she went all ‘boo hoo woe is me what have I become’ but THAT DOESN’T MAKE UP FOR ITThis book tries REALLY hard to make it interesting and so it builds conflicts upon conflicts upon conflicts that result from some hella dumb decisions and are all so underdeveloped it’s just I can’t andthentheromancemeet prince charming “Like what you see Angel?” he says At this point I was doing that ear shattering screech bc GET ME AWAY FROM THISAround 50% of wading through this swamp of a book I finally decided that I didn’t hate myself enough to continue and so I skimmed to the end and read a Wikipedia synopsis why are there so few of those I demand Wiki tells me that a few side characters who I didn’t particularly care about die in a very lame and unnecessary fashion and to this I say ha I knew this book wasn’t worth it And the characters are so dumb like they have absolutely NO game plan they don’t think twice about ANYTHING they trust EVERYONE like fricken just make it stop please Thus ends my suffering bc please don’t make me relive this book again “Yer in my blood Saba he says Yer in my head Yer in my breath yer in my bonesgawd help me yer everywhere You have bin since the first moment I set eyes on you”^can someone translate this into English for me thanks 1 star i never heard of this book in my entire life until my canadian sista told me and then i read the synopsis and died bc it sounds incredible Buddy read with my partner in crime my bleach bae


  9. says:

    Have you ever wanted to read a bleak uest novel narrated by a rough and ready Elly May Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies? If so this one’s for you Just kidding Er sort of The narration style of this will certainly alienate some readers but after the first 15 20 pages I didn’t really notice it any In fact it actually felt comfortable Saba the protagonist in this work lives in a barren dustland with her Pa younger sister Emmi and her twin Lugh Saba’s narration is due to the fact that she and her siblings have lived an isolated life and never learned to read or write which seems typical of basically everyone in the story It’s never totally clear how our world has morphed into Saba’s world or where all the “Wreckers” presumably us have gone but Young’s world stands on its own and frankly at the rate our disposable culture is going no one has to try very hard to convince me that our world will be shit in the not so distant future The descriptions of the sandy dunes the blowing winds and the overall bleakness of the landscape made my lips dry and my throat raspy It’s probably best to keep a cup of ice water nearby—you’ll want it Trust me After a group of men on horseback come to their home kill Saba’s father and kidnap her twin brother Saba is on a mission to rescue Lugh from the danger he is in For me the best part of the story is Saba’s journey from the time she leaves home until she leaves Hopetown this makes up roughly the first half of the book I mean wouldn’t every YA book be a little bit better with cagefighting? Think on that I absolutely don’t want to ruin any of the storyline for you I want you to be as surprised as I was—and there were several moments when I was super excited to find out what would happen nextThis novel has a very strong set of supporting characters Saba is supported in her mission by her sister Emmi whom Saba undervalues and disregards for much of the book Emmi shows her worth several times over and I’m hoping that she will be an even larger part of the rest of the series I had a smile on every time Epona showed up in the story any fellow Zelda lovers will know why cue me watching 20 minutes of people playing the ocarina on Youtube Epona Maev and Ash are all Free Hawks a gung ho group of female warriors who raid and harass authority They show up several times in the story and will likely be part of the series to come view spoilerLugh and Maev love connection? wink hide spoiler


  10. says:

    Omg what are words WHAT IS AIR HOW DO I POSSIBLY SUM UP MY INFINITE LOVE FOR THIS BOOK??? I've borrowed this a billion times from the library and ALWAYS sent it back unread because I peeked at the first page andslang and no dialogue tags? Um no thank you I WAS A DELUDED PENGUIN BRAIN AND I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T GIVE THIS BOOK A CHACNE TILL NOW IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT You know those books that you feel like are written For you because they do everything absolutely perfectly and do ALL your favourite things and just afjdsaklfd feels and intense flailing and omg this book I love it an astronomical amountI still can't get over how it basically had a checklist of EVERYTHING I love in a novel like• Twins who are the sun and stars to each other and would die for each other• HUGE emphasis on family and siblings• A seriously tough narrator who is tough but relatable and ornery but not too proud to say sorry • FIGHTING AND VIOLENT STUFF YeAH• Uniue formatting in that it had lateral spelling and no dialogue tags and no chapters• Never spares the characters and people get hurt and die ALL OVER THE PLACE• Tough grittiness that just makes me sueak with pure happinessOmg thank you bookish universe for this book is ALL I CAN SAY I'm 10000% convinced it was written for me That is allHAHA JUST KIDDING I'M GONNA SAY MORE BECAUSE I'M OBSESSEDThe I read the I had these intense feelings of How is this book so incredible? I have a really rough month of reading like all 2 stars and shoddy plots and just BLAH But Blood Red Road was different and uniue and exciting And while the no dialogue tag thing bugged me originally I got used to it I still am not entirely sure why there are none though? And I LOVED how it was all lateral spelling like ezzack exact; especkted expected It reminded me SO MUCH of The Knife of Never Letting Go which I also adored; NO SURPRISES And usually I hum and haw over my star ratings but I KNEW this was 5 stars all the way ALL THE WAY FOLKSAnd the characters?? They are my darling little tough spitfire babies ALL of them were incredible Even when they picked up minor secondary characters on the journey I still loved them BECAUSE THEY'RE TOUGH BUT RELATABLE Usually I see the tough characters who would chew you up for breakfast and I'm like eh But omg these guys?? They all managed to feel so dimensional • SABA She's the narrator and so so ornery She's hard and sharp and so mean but she has intense feelings and she's just working hard to survive and not get hurt you know? She loves her brother so much and she'd die before she gave up on finding him I LOVE SABA Although she is flawed TOTALLY flawed this just makes me love her tbh because hse has a little sister Emmi who their mother died giving birth to Saba blames Emmi which is stupid but she's just MEAN to Emmi the whole time And their relationship growth is just about the best thing of ever• LUGH He's Saba's twin She describes them as the sun him and the night her and I loved them both so sos much Obviously Lugh's not in the book much since he gets kidnapped in the beginning and the book is about getting him back BUT We do get a few scenes with him and he's so so lovely and wonderful And I wanted them to save him so so bad• EMMI SHE IS ADORABLE She's really a lot like Saba which is probably why they clash so badly She's 9 and skinny and gangly and refuses to be left in safe places while Saba goes to find Lugh She never does what she's told either and her and Saba bicker the whole time '• JACK Omg Jack Jack Jack how do I even describe my love for Jack? Obviously he's the love interest and I LOVE HIM TOO SO YEAH SABA AND I HAVE THAT IN COMMON But they have a real hate relationship to start with and it's adorable I ship it so so hard Why do I always ship the ones who hate each other?? Gah But they help each other and they save each other and they kiss each other then they punch each other And I just ADORE THEM Jack is a snake and a charmer and Saba is earth and reality New OTP 'Scuse me I shall be over in my corner shipping• FREE HAWKS They're a group of outlaw fighting girls who go around causing havoc to evil and just are generally AWESOME okay okay there are characters but I won't go into everyone Least to say EVERYONE is dimensional and I loved all their names Lugh Saba Epona Ike Tommo MaevThe plot is a bit of a journey bit of a time bomb Like Lugh was kidnapped and they have to a find him and b get there before certain date It makes the plot SO STRESSFUL I couldn't put it down And of course there are detours for battles and kidnapping and omg all the cage fights I think that was partly my favourite bit because it was SO INTENSE Saba is a violent scary person and I love herSO DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVED IT YET?? hahahahah ahem I do uite a bit I shall be reading the next ones stat because I am NOT happy with that ending Like blood everywhere but no no no it did not have a happily ever after and I'm so invested in these characters already that I need to READ FOREVER and see them have a HEA Ha I bet they won't get one And I need of Saba and Lugh and Jaaaaaack I loved the pacing although tbh it IS probably a bit needlessly long and I loved the characters and the action and the dusty dry setting I JUST LOVED IT OKAY??? How did I put it off so longomg I am so deludedEveryone needs read this now


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