I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Dust Lands Trilogy #2
on October 30th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Family, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh.
The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise.
What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?
I heard so many great things about this series. Check out that blurb on the cover from MTV’s Hollywood Crush.. BETTER than the Hunger Games? That drew me in, so when I was invited for this blog tour by the wonderful team at Random House Canada, I jumped at the chance. I own the first book, and haven’t even cracked it open yet. So imagine to my disorganization and craziness that is called life, I completely forgot that my blog tour day was moved. I ended up diving into Rebel Heart without reading the first book. GASP But anyway, on to the review!
At first glance, you can understand that Moira writes in a completely different writing style. It sounds like someone is narrating it to you. So imagine to my surprise as to how much I enjoyed it. It’s sooo different and so unexpected! Diving into book two definitely makes my head spin because I have no idea who half the characters are, and what they have been through. I quickly made assumptions and even pieced some of the puzzle pieces myself. The storyline developed slowly, but I found myself reading it at a faster pace than most books. Maybe this unique style helped that. I found it odd to see a book without any double quotes in them, but aside from that, the spelling mistakes drove me crazy. I couldn’t stand it. It drove me batty, but after a couple of chapters in, I got used to it.
Saba is a fierce character. She’s not called the Angel of Death for nothing. I would have been afraid to battle her in the Gauntlet. She’s tough, reasonable, determined, and logical. But she’s also a girl and has her vulnerable side. Then there’s Jack, who loves Molly, and Saba..I loved the beginning where it was his viewpoint. Always love the dual viewpoints in books. I wanted more from him though.
Nonetheless, I must go back and read Blood Red Road. I want to know everything that happened. Saba’s journey to find Lugh, her meeting with Jack, how her father died..etc. Kudos Moria Young! Please come to Canada, so we Canadian fans can come meet you in person and tell you how amazing your book(s) really are!
How does your writing style or your tone and voice help you to be unique amongst the plethora of YA writers out there?
That’s an interesting one. Saba, the hero of the Dust Lands trilogy, is the voice of these books. Hers is a strong, very particular voice. It’s lean and dry and sometimes sparely poetic, like the landscape she lives in. She is illiterate and her use of language is rough and degraded, which reflects her illiterate, rough, degraded world.
I had to discover Saba’s voice before I could write her story. Not all books require such a strong voice, but I do think that voice is of particular interest to me because of my background as an actor and opera singer.
When I’m finished with this last book in the trilogy and start to write something else, far removed from Saba’s world, I do wonder what kind of voice will emerge. Will it be neutral? Will it be third person? Dual viewpoint? All I can do is try to find the voice that will best tell the story and draw the reader in.
I can’t say that I’m unique; that’s a judgment for others to make. Writers bring their very individual life experiences, questions and concerns to their stories. I think that’s all I do.
Well said! Thank you so much Moria!