Monday, 25 February 2013

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

ISBN: 9781407124261
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 417

In a wild and lawless future, where life is cheap and survival is hard, eighteen-year-old Saba lives with her father, her twin brother Lugh, her young sister Emmi and her pet crow Nero. Theirs is a hard and lonely life. The family resides in a secluded shed, their nearest neighbour living many miles away and the lake, their only source of water and main provider of food, gradually dying from the lack of rain. But Saba's father refuses to leave the place where he buried his beloved wife, Allis, nine years ago. Allis died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has never forgiven her sister for their mother's death. 

But while she despises Emmi, Saba adores her twin brother Lugh. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, loving and good, he seems the complete opposite to dark-haired Saba, who is full of anger and driven by a ruthless survival instinct. To Saba, Lugh is her light and she is his shadow, he is the day, she is the nighttime, he is beautiful, she is ugly, he is good, she is bad. 
So Saba's small world is brutally torn apart, when a group of armed riders arrives five days after the twin's eighteenth birthday snatch Lugh away. Saba's rage is so wild, that she manages to drive the men away, but not before they have captured Lugh and killed their father. 

I absolutely loved reading Blood Red Road! The futuristic, dystopian world that is the backdrop for this book, is beautifully depicted by Moira Young. My favourite character was Saba, because of her stubbornness and utter determination to protect what's left of her family at any cost. I also enjoyed reading about Saba's crow, Nero.  I really like the cover of Blood Red Road, as I think it represents Saba's journey throughout the book well, without giving away too much of the storyline!

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent review. I love dystopian novels. But what I REALLY like is your font...the one you use to review. It's kick-ass...very cool.