My review below highlights the entire series of the Dust Lands Trilogy. I will do my best to keep spoilers out.Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart, Raging Star by Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Genres: Dystopian, Family, Young Adult
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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 »I hated Lugh from the start. His obsession with Saba was disgusting, and his appreciation for everything that she did to save him in the first book went untouched. He was a dick. He was 10X more selfish than Saba. He would have rather run away with his tail tucked between his legs than fight for the freedom of other people. And what he did in book with DeMalo? WTF. After EVERYTHING she did for him, he made a deal to turn in the person that Saba loved. ARGGGG. « Hide 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.
I loved this series. I highly recommend this to everyone – especially if you are looking for a series that stands out.
Have you read ANY of the books in this series? If so, what did you think?
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