The first thing you'll notice about Blood Red Road is the unusual writing style Moira Young has chosen for her novel. A bit of a struggle at first, but then I couldn't put the book down.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world Saba sets out to find her twin brother Lugh who's been abducted by The King, a violent and crazy ruler. Desperate to rescue her brother, she goes on a journey accompanied by her little sister Emmie and some unlikely new friends she meets en route. Mostly this is a full-fledged and wonderfully engrossing adventure story, with just a dash of romance.
Being more than a little rough around the edges, it's at first hard to like Saba, especially when you see how much she dislikes her sister, but following her journey through the wastelands you soon grow a deeper understanding for her as you watch her mature, value friendship and learn humility.
While the colloquial tone of the narrative is certainly different, it's exactly what brings the story to life. It's raw and minimalistic and deep at the same time. The violent, yet beautiful tale lives of this tone as much as it does of the a cast of flawlessly created characters that complement each other and the story. Can't wait for the next book in the trilogy!
Actually being a YA novel, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to adult readers too.
In short: A must-read for everyone who loves epic adventures!
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