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Blood Red Road

by Moira Young

Rated: Moderate

Saba and Lugh: twins and firm companions. In their dry and desolate word, Lugh is the only thing that keeps Saba sane. And then he’s ruthlessly taken. Despite never having left home, Saba knows that there is nothing to do but bring him back.

And luckily, Saba’s a fighter, a scrambler, with a great fighting sense and a love for her brother that burns bright enough to help her endure. If only there was as straight and easy road to finding Lugh, but, of course, there’s not. Saba falls deep into the cruel underbelly of a future Earth, where it’s every man for himself and knowing whom to trust becomes the difference between life and death.

This was great fun — like a Wild West dystopian story with a fantastic romantic storyline (that did take a bit long to enter the plot) and enough plot twists and strange creatures to almost make me want to call it science fiction. One thing that took some getting used to and that I never actually liked was the dialect: Wild-West twang all written out. The entire book. I wasn’t a fan. I saw the ending coming from two-thirds of the way through the book, but I really did appreciate the story enough to want to watch how we got there. Saba’s a great character — her romantic interest is fantastic. Their humorously antagonistic relationship is one of the highlights of the book, for sure.

Clearly, there will be a sequel. I’ll be watching for it.

Rated: Moderate for 50-plus uses of mild language: the dialect just has a lot of mild cussin’. Otherwise, quite clean!  A few passionate kisses, maybe a tiny bit of innuendo, but I’d say fine for 14+.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • Blood Red Road
  • by Moira Young
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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