Title: Blood Red Road Author: Moira Young Publication: 2011, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Summary: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. ....read more
Review: This was a surprisingly slow (for me) yet still enjoyable and emotionally decent book for me. I feel that under the circumstances that I read this book, I may not have felt as strongly toward it as many of you.
Is it safe to say that all you dear readers have had incidences of bad food combinations? For me, eating Xiao-rong-bao-zi (a Chinese breakfast snack) and then drinking water would directly lead to terrible stomachaches. Well, this is my first time experiencingbad book conbinations. While reading "Blood Red Road", I was reading my compulsory book for English class. Which just so turns out to be a book with a title containing the phrase: "The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation!". Pair that up with a book completely lacking in proper quotation marks, ....oh boy.
Aside from being slightly annoyed (okay, okay, I was VERY annoyed) with the punctuation, and somewhat of the spelling (Spelling Bee champion here! ^_^), the story that Ms. Young put out there was actually quite compelling. The positive side to the interesting and unique writing style? The incredible picture it painted for me as a reader. One major impact of the "slang" that the author used was that, along with the use of first person, I felt like I could hear exactly how Saba was talking, and how her voice sounded like! This was the first time I felt like I could hear a character's voice so clearly and strongly, and that, I must admit, is pretty amazing.
The storyline itself is pretty well-paced for the most part, as the tension builds and the author pulls off a couple of nice twists here and there nearing the home stretch and end. Characters do take a bit of time to warm-up, though the intense climb in the closeness of inter-character relationships were great, so by the end of the book, I felt like they were closely knit.
One aspect that I didn't like about the characters and relationships was how little time the author dedicated to Lugh. From the summary, you can tell that Lugh is the main drive for the plot. And technically he is. And he is not. We don't get to know Lugh at the beginning before he gets kidnapped, even though there are a couple of reminiscent pieces from Saba dropped in here and there. Therefore, I felt like I really couldn't relate to Saba's love for Lugh, so ultimately for me, the fire didn't reach hot level...it just stayed luke-warm.
Overall, the characters (especially Saba, not including Lugh) are really well-developed, and I loved how much change Saba went through; she definitely won me over by the end. This was really an interesting read that's out of my normal, which I honestly appreciate! The plot itself is not bad, though not epic, but it's still enough to keep a firm grasp on you through this rocky and adventurous ride!
Rating: ✿✿✿ 3 Blossoms Final Notes: Took me longer than I expected, but by the end of it, whew! Great journey, definitely! Didn't impress me as much as I wanted (and I'm saying that without any side-feelings for the style), though a decent read for the most part. I really do think this one's going to depend on you as a reader. Characters though? (Besides Lugh, again...sorry Lugh). Fantastic!
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