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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)
by Moira Young
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL460L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry
NO. PAGES: 464
GENRE{S}: Dystopian Fiction
SERIES: Dust Lands
SEQUEL: Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2)
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 1442429984
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop

The Story
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)—Book Review

Eighteen-year-old twins Saba and Lugh have lived all of their lives in Silverlake with their parents and their little sister Emmi--their closest neighbor twelve miles away. Ever since their Ma died in childbirth nine years ago, it seem like they've been watching both the land and their Pa whither away bit by bit. Lugh thinks it's time to leave this wasteland but Saba cares only about being with her beloved brother. Then one day, the choice is made for them when four horsemen in long black robes appear on the tail end of a dust storm. When they tie Lugh to one of the horses and take him away with no explanation, Saba vows that she will stop at nothing to get him back. Fiercely determined, Saba embarks upon a journey through a world she has only heard about in stories. A world where a self-proclaimed King rules using an addictive crop to control his subjects, and where danger is around every corner. But with the help of a charismatic outlaw named Jack and a band of girl rebels called the Free Hawks, Saba's quest to find Lugh may even change the world.
The Scoop
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1)—Book Review
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Blood Red Road is an engrossing read that will be enjoyed by fans of dystopian fiction as well as those that are new to the genre. Once the reader adjusts to the rhythm of the story, the book becomes increasingly difficult to put down with each passing chapter. It features a capable and strong-willed female character who will do whatever it takes to save her twin brother. Unconcerned with placating others, the often abrasive Saba uses her wits and determination to overcome even the most insurmountable of obstacles, including desert sandstorms, extreme hunger and thirst, and certain death. Packed with action and danger, Blood Red Road is also about friendship and love--both romantic and familial. Saba is fiercely independent but learns to trust others and accept their help. The story does involve a fair amount of violence. Saba, Lugh, and their nine-year-old sister Emmi witness the murder of their father by Lugh's kidnappers. While searching for Lugh, Saba discovers that he is going to be sacrificed by the self-proclaimed King, who keeps citizens under his control by forcing them to become addicted to a drug he supplies called chaal. Saba is also kidnapped, imprisoned, and coerced into becoming a cage fighter. When fighters lose for the third time, they must "run the gauntlet" through the audience which, hopped up on chaal, inevitably beat the fighter to death. In addition to the fast-paced primary storyline, readers will also enjoy the romantic tension between Saba and Jack who share a couple of passionate kisses. Language is frequent but relatively mild (cr-p, h-ll, a-s, d-amn, b-stard). Fans can follow Saba's story in the second book in the Dustlands series, Rebel Heart.
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