Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Author: Moira Young
Series: Dustlands #1
Published: 6. 7. 11 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 466
Rating: 5/5 Stars

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.

Inky's Blurb
First off, let's begin with the synopsis. If you have not read this book, doesn't that just GRAB YOU? Make your heart thrill at the thought of Adventure? Relationships? Warrior girls? Let's just say that for me it totally BLEW ME AWAY. That should be enough to get you to race to your nearest bookstore or library and get this book. You won't regret it. I promise.

The first thing that you notice about this book is the writing. It's the most unique, poetic-style writing I have ever read. Almost rough in fact. Let me give you a snippet:

Pa never says naught. He jest stares at the sky, the clear cruel sky. Then he gathers up the stones or twigs or whatever he's set out on the ground this time, an sets them away for tomorrow. Today he shoves his hat back. Tips his head up an studies the sky fer a long while.

Could you notice that? It's grammatically rough but it's still so beautiful I liked it. It still held my interest and gripped me in a good way. I just plowed through this book. Saba's story was fascinating and her narration equally so!

Saba, (awesome name) starts out with some grudges of sorts. Against her Pa and her sister and some against her life. She's a stubborn character. Fierce, loyal, brave and she's not scared of what needs to be done. She has her weaknesses at times, vulnerable moments and it was all so well put together. I loved watching her change in relationship to people, especially to her sister. Gotta love a great heroine!

The cast of characters in this book was perfect! You've got the villains, the witty and handsome ally and love interest, faithful friends with power, and then you've got the family. I love wonderful band members. When the MC has a team of friends and allies that are just the right mix of humor, consideration and sass it's amazing. Thumbs up to everyone in this book!

As a last thought I will say that the world building was really interesting. It's almost futuristic but now in the way you think of when you think Dystopian. The main setting of this book is a desert like. Almost like Tatooine in Star Wars. Very interesting setting and I'm SO excited to see where Moira Young will take this group of awesomeness in the next book! For sure one of my most anticipated reads this year!

Content: Mild/Moderate
(Language throughout (Bas****, D***, He**, Bi***, Deity) A couple instances of mild innuendo. Kisses. A character gets drunk)

Have you read Blood Red Road? I would love to hear what you think!

This review is 100% from Inky's brain. 
Use of this review w/out consent is prohibited.


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