Series Review | Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira Young

My review below highlights the entire series of the Dust Lands Trilogy. I will do my best to keep spoilers out.

Series Review | Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira YoungBlood Red Road, Rebel Heart, Raging Star by Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Genres: Dystopian, Family, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

Blood Red Road was one of the first books I purchased on audible. Not many of my GR friends had read it – and the rating was a little low. But I am glad I snagged this up and entered this desolate world.

One thing about this world – we don’t know how it came to be this way. We hear/see the word WRECKERS often, which only brings me to believe these are the people from BEFORE. It’s a dark world; with few resources, frequent sand storms, weird worm things (I forget their name). It almost has a… historical feel to it, the way things work and how majority of the characters act. The “villains” change with each book – but the overall villain is present from the beginning.

Saba is a hard character to like. To but it bluntly, she is a bitch. However, she is fierce, loyal and one person you want on your side. In the first book, her twin brother, Lugh, was kidnapped and Saba and Emmi must travel far to rescue him. Not many people would do that – let alone COULD do it. Throughout the novel, she softens to those around her, harbors guilt over her friends’ death and even falls into the bed of the enemy. Her burden is heavy, yet she will do anything to keep those that she loves safe. She has trust issues – which is apparent from the very beginning, but she moves on.

The romance in the series wasn’t one of my favorites. Jack, who we meet in the first book, is OKAY. There were things that I loved about him, but there were things I disliked, too. I did like how tough he was with Saba, never letting her run all over him like she does with everyone else. We don’t know much about Jack on a personal level until book 2 and 3, so he remained a mystery for me. There was also something that he did towards the end of book 3 that pissed me off and it was almost unforgivable.

There were an array of secondary characters. Slim, Lugh, Emmi, Molly, Tommo, DeMalo, The Free Hawks… I mean, the list goes on. One thing is for certain – Moira is not loyal to her characters. AT.ALL. Annnnnd, I loved it. Was I sad? Sure. But an author that can go out and kill off “important characters” is an automatic favorite. It keeps you on your toes – because you don’t know who is next. You never know who is being truthful and who is betraying who.

There was ONE thing throughout the entire series that irked me. It has spoilers, so…View Spoiler »

Heather Lind is by far one of the best narrators that I have listened to and I really feel like she made this series for me. She does the red neck hillbilly “accent” perfectly. She puts a lot of emotion in her voice when needed and that’s HUGE.

The ending was kind of bitter-sweet for me. I wish some things would have done differently – but overall, I think what happened needed to happen.

Overall –

I loved this series. I highly recommend this to everyone – especially if you are looking for a series that stands out.

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0 thoughts on “Series Review | Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira Young

  1. Candace

    I friend Sara RAVES about this series and I know she won’t stop bugging me until I read it. I have the first book, maybe the first two. But I do like the sound of the audiobook. I’m not sure about that romance, but I guess we’ll see!

    1. tonyalee

      I loved the audio! I honestly believe that she made this series so much better for me. Especially with how broken up the writing is in the beginning.

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I really liked Blood Red Road. The broken writing took some getting used to, but after that I was all for it. I think I read this one before I started blogging but was just getting back into reading YA. I wasn’t crazy about Rebel Heart because of the DeMalo stuff, and I haven’t read the third. I might now just to finish the series. Your closing line in your review really has me intrigued. I am glad you enjoyed the series as a whole though.

    1. tonyalee

      I can see a lot of people being turned off by DeMalo. A part of me feels like she could have went a different direction with it – but then I think, THINGS wouldn’t have happened if she did.

      It’s different, that is for sure.

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’ve never even heard of this one. I definitely want to pick it up now because you’ve piqued my interest. It’s interesting, thought, when I read your review, you list quite a few things you weren’t crazy about, but overall you really seemed to love the series – isn’t it funny how that works sometimes?

    1. tonyalee

      I think because a lot of the stuff I did like were either SPOILERS OR I didn’t like at the same time. haha

      But yes, that’s funny!

  4. Rachel

    I’ve never heard of this or the author. It sounds marginally interesting, but not very original. I think I will pass, since my TBR is a mile long already. But glad you liked it!

  5. Alise

    Oh gosh, I am afraid. I’ve only read the first two books and kept putting off the third because of what happened with the…sexual situation in the second. (trying to be a bit vague) I was worried where that plotline was going to go. I feel like I need to reread these… is Lugh a new character?

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