YA Review: Blood Red Road, by Moira Young

YA Review: Blood Red Road, by Moira Young

I should point out that this book is written in the main character’s vernacular, so the sentences are generally short and misspelled. She’s apparently unaware of the use of quotation marks. But for readers like me that have a tendency to skip to dialogue, the lack of quotation marks forces you to read the book in its entirety, and it’s a pretty good book.
Saba is eighteen and lives with her father, twin brother (Lugh) and her younger sister (Emmi) until her world is destroyed by a group of riders that kills her father and takes her brother for unknown reasons. Forced to go on a quest to find her brother and bring him home, she meets a cast of incredibly interesting characters: including a desert boat captain, a male cage fighter named Jack, and a troupe of female freedom fighters that call themselves the Free Hawks. Saba begins to realize that her journey to save her brother will become something much bigger.
Saba is an interesting main character. She’s very tough and resourceful and she doesn’t bow down and break where a lot of other characters would. She doesn’t have perfect relationships (a real shocker with female YA main characters) and it’s fairly obvious that she’s basically never known anyone outside of her family. She starts out almost ignorantly trusting, but quickly wisens up (possibly too much, although considering what she goes through it’s pretty understandable) and becomes a capable, independent character that I truly enjoyed reading about. She’s strong, she’s strategic and she’s fiercely loyal. She’s an all-around great character, but she does have some character flaws (really just character holes that are relatively admissible). Jack is sarcastic and all-around enjoyable as a character, and is a surprisingly good person. Some can argue that he fits into the “Jace Wayland” ideal…but I wasn’t a fan of Jace and I adored Jack. For Tamora Pierce fans, he reminds me of George Cooper. Emmi is about as annoying as you’d expect of a 9-year-old, but she never backs down from a fight and she’s loyal to Saba despite the fact that in the beginning they’re far from sisterly. She’s a surprisingly strong girl, and incredibly brave.
This book is interesting, funny and, in my humble opinion, very well-written. It’s most definitely worth a read.
Katelyn, 16, Central

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