Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442429984
Rating: YYYY

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by
her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

My Thoughts:

I had been told that BLOOD RED ROAD was amazing and that if I craved adventure and enjoyed distopian novels that this would be a perfect read for me. As much as I enjoy a good pitch I also realize that it can be a slippery slope and that it can set me up for all kinds of disappointment, but I am happy to report that this was not the case with this novel. Yet, I will admit that I could not read this novel. I have had it in my hands for months and I would pick it up and read a few pages but the vocabulary was frustrating and off putting. So, I would put it down and promise myself to return to it and eventually I did but only via audiobook and I am so glad that I did because BLOOD READ ROAD is epic storytelling at it's best.

This novel showcases one of the most interesting and stubborn protagonists that I have had the pleasure to read about in a while. When you first meet Saba you see an dependent young woman whose whole existence is powered by her adoration for her twin brother Lugh. It is as if she does not live or breath for anyone else, not even her younger sister emmie whom she is heartless with for reasons that are irrational. Then Saba's whole world is shattered when Lugh is taken away, but she promises him the she will find him and bring him back and thus Saba embarks on a journey that will forever change her.

Although I found the vocabulary a bit annoying on the written page it is what I enjoyed listening to the most on my Ipod. Strange, I know but oddly true and as I witnessed Saba struggle in her journey to find her brother I also found that her character grow and strengthen. No longer was she the dependent girl but a force to be reckoned with. This force that she had about her is what draws others to her, especially Jack; a mysterious man that Saba will constantly argue with but only to hide stronger feelings that lie just underneath the surface. I have to admit that their interractions are some of my favorite bits in the book especially when Jack calls Saba on her bad behavior and sets her straight.

The writing in BLOOD RED ROAD is simiple yet verily effective with some of the most memorable characters to come forth on the written page. You will keep thinking about them long after you are done and want for more of Saba and her adventures because the ending to this book was not what I considered a satisfactory and I hope it will be remedied soon.

3 comments on "Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young"

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: July 19, 2011 at 6:17 AM

I'm really curious as to what I'll think of this. Thanks for the review!

Mary wrote: July 19, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I really loved this book, too. Saba was a fantastically written character who was so stubborn with such amazing perseverance. Great review!
Mary @ Book Swarm

Staysi wrote: July 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I can't wait to read this book. It sounds so amazing. Thanks for the review! :)

Post a Comment

I would love to see what you have to say :)

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Tales of a Ravenous Reader

My Photo
Hello, and thank you for stopping by. This is my little haven for talking about the books that I adore.

Grab My Button

Email Twitter RSS Feed

Contact Me

I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
nancy has read 1 book toward her goal of 150 books.

@ravenousreader on INSTAGRAM

Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.




Thursday, September 3 @ 4pm
Register NOW!!

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Thursday, September 3 @7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 4 @ 7pm

Books Inc. on Van Ness, San Francisco
Friday, September 11 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, September 16 @ 7pm

Tickets are available to purchase at Kepler's and online
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 18 @ 7pm

RAE CARSON in conversation with STACEY LEE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, September 22 @ 7pm

Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Sunday, September 27 @ 3pm

AVA DELLAIRA, NINA LACOUR, TAMARA IRELAND STONE in conversation with Nancy Davis Kho
A Great Good Place in Montclair
Monday, September 28 @ 7pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm

Face in a book in El Dorado Hills
Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Wednesday, October 7 @ 6:30pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Thursday, October 8 @ 7pm


Alameda Free Library
Thursday, October 8 @ 6pm

PATRICK NESS in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's sponsored at the Redwood Shores Library
R.S.V.P. Here
Friday, October 9 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 14 @ 7pm

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
Tuesday, October 20 @ 7pm

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
Wednesday, October 21 @ 7pm


Diesel in Oakland
Thursday, October 22 @ 6:30pm

Call or stop by your local Books Inc. to purchase your ticket
Books inc. at the Grand Lake Theater
Wednesday, Ocober 28 @ 6pm

Book Passage sponsored must purchase tickets
Thursday, October 29 @ 7pm


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Tuesday, November 3 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 6 @ 7pm

Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Saturday, November 7 @ 4pm

Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

What I am Reading Now

and this too.....

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Book Tour Host

Follow by Email


Rating System

♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

Would not recommend

DNF=Did Not Finish

Blog Archive

Blog Stats

Blog Designer