Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Saba loves her brother more than anything else in her bleak world, so when bandits kidnap him and kill her father, Saba sets off to save him with her younger sister Emmi.

Despite having read good early reviews, I had a hard time getting into BLOOD RED ROAD.  Saba is uneducated and so the book is written in a dialect that I found grating at first.  After 50 pages, I was still wondering what all the fuss was about. But then, sometime around Saba’s debut as a cage fighter, I was fully immersed and didn’t put the novel down again until I was finished.

It’s a brutal vision of a Mad Max-like future with a crackpot despot, tough fighters and bounty hunters, chaal (drug) addicts and a host of desperate poor.  But for all its action and high-stakes plot, BLOOD RED ROAD is not without heart, thanks to the decency Saba brings to her interactions with her infuriating younger sister Emmi, fellow cage fighters and even a love interest.  The whole heartstone thing was kinda cheesy, but I loved it.  If only we all had one of those ...

Zombie chickens say:  "We highly recommend this one - but beware of sandstorms!" (Explanation of zombie chicken ratings)



BLOOD RED ROAD is the first book in the Dustlands trilogy and is available in hardcover now.  Find out more about it at the official website. Watch the trailerAdd it to GoodReads.

Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist:  Ready to Start by Arcade Fire. Sample lyric: "All the kids have always known, that the emperor wears no clothes.  But they bow down to him anyway, it's better than being alone."


Simon & Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway of 5 copies of the BLOOD RED ROAD hardcover.  For a chance to win, fill out this form by August 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm CST.  Open US and Canada only.


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15 comments:

Emy Shin said...

Great review! I admit I had a difficulty getting into BLOOD RED ROAD as well because of the writing style, but I think I'll give this another try.

Anna said...

Tee-hee "Beware of sandstorms!" I totally agree with what you said about this book being a bit difficult to get into. But right around the same point you mentioned, I looked up and realized I hadn't moved in a LONG time -- that's how sucked into it I suddenly got!

Gwenny said...

Very nice review! Looks interesting!

Jessica Spotswood said...

Ooh, I still need to read this one. I downloaded it from GalleyGrab & was fascinated by how different the language was--and then got busy with edits and it expired!

Jessy said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Zibilee said...

I just bought this book last weekend, and am excited about reading it. It sounds like it has a really unique storyline, although the dialect might irritate me a bit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

Jen Daiker said...

Love the review. The honesty is refreshing. If I were to pick up this book I'd have to break my rule (fifty pages then I can give up)... but it sounds like I'd be pleased with the outcome!

I'm a newbie! Love your blog! I do hope you'll stop by and say hello at Unedited!

Emily said...

I really appreciate your honesty about this book- sometimes when I read so many over the moon reviews about a book I wonder if there are elements that weren't so successful that people just aren't mentioning, so less-than-glowing reviews really just make the book seem more well-rounded. Thanks!

Alwyn said...

Totally agree with you about this book. I completely loved it, but when I started it, I think it took me until the desert sailboat rocked up and I went "That is the coolest idea EVAR" to really get into it. And from the moment she became the Angel of Death I did not move from the couch I was so engrossed. And Jack! JACK! *swoons*

Mary said...

I truly enjoyed this one though the dialect and no-quote-marks thing took a bit of getting used to. And with her cage fighting, Mad Max is totally what I thought of, too! Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Mary @ Book Swarm

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Lovely review. I've had this on my radar but always have other things I need to be readin.g I do need to get to it.

Peggy said...

I have been wanting to read this one for a little while. It's nice to know about the dialect in the beginning, thanks for the heads up! :)

bermudaonion said...

I've found that it's difficult to get into books that are written in a style like that, but once I do, beware! You've made this sound awfully appealing.

Miss Lauren said...

I bought this book the day it came out. I've been saving it for Dystopian August. And now finally... I can get my hands on it! :) Thanks for the review.

Michelle said...

I'm excited to see that this garnered 4 zombie chickens. I've got it on my shelf to read and for some reason haven't picked it up yet. Perhaps knowing that you liked it so well will push me that little bit further.