My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t know how to class this. It’s advertised as a post-apocalyptic novel but it might as well be a fantasy since there are no indications that this world is connected to the present world. Well, there are few hints, but not major.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young centers around Saba and her journey to rescue the brother stolen from her.
I really did enjoy this novel. It has adventure, romance, a stubborn protagonist and a cast of various interesting characters.
The way its written is the way in which each character speaks. Rather than standard English Young has adapted it so that you get the sense of Saba’s voice. So there’s, at first, a lot of seeming spelling mistakes, but in reality it’s just Saba’s speech patterns. Like, she says ‘git’ rather ‘get’ and so on. It’s a little annoying at first, but you get used to it after a while.
The plot. It’s all about Saba looking for her brother Lugh. Pretty standard, first the looking, then the finding which leads to the action. I have no bones to pick at, so it’s pretty good overall. Though I think my favourite part is the beginning when Saba is heading to Hopetown up until the point where she leaves.
The characters. Saba is the focal so she has the most voice and character of them all. Saba is kick ass. Saba is also an asshole. She’s harsh with her sister, though she grows softer towards the end. She generally only cares about Lugh. What I liked about her, most of the time, is that she has this fixed attitude which is like the centre of her character. It really made me like her. I mean she’s focused, knows what she’s aiming for. There are some characters who some times forgets this. At the same time though, I did hate Saba. Not because she was harsh with her sister, I think that’s only natural, I mean she is a twin who has the closest ties with her brother. Growing a bond with Emmi would take a lot of time spent in each other’s company and the growing appreciation for each other. No, why I hated Saba as well as loved her is that she says unnecessary cliched things, especially about going on the journey by herself. Then there was the change in Saba. She gets quite weepy towards the end, even though she’s still pretty kickass.
Jack was hot-like Young really knew how to create the tension and attraction between Saba and him. I really like the first scene when they meet. Though they get a little cheesy towards the end, I still like their parting scene. Can’t wait for them to get back together!
The others, if I look at the other characters, I’d say Emmi was my favourite. She’s this bratty child who refuses to be left behind. Determined and brave yet as reckless as Saba sometimes. I guess I like her partly because Saba is so mean to her. But the fact that she stands on her own two feet and refuses to part with Saba, whatever her reason, is touching.
Then there’s DeMalo – the chief tonton to the King, I’m only mentioning him because I’ve been reading something interesting about the next book. All I can say is this. I don’t like him. And I know for sure I’m going to hate Saba for what she does. I just hope Young does everything well and good, and I can like her again at the end of Rebel Heart
This is probably one of the best novels I’ve read lately. I’m glad, it was exciting and fun, with interesting characters. Though the writing is not your usual descriptive chunks of words and are short sentences and paras, I don’t think you ever feel lacking. If your imagination is like mine, then you don’t need so many words! It just goes to show that Young can create the same feelings as another author who uses more words. Overall I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to the next one!