Blood Read Road by Moira Young

PJV Quickie: A fantastical and horrifying young adult dystopian adventure story that had me engrossed from the beginning. Moira Young spun a highly original tale that I couldn’t shake even after it ended. Another must read for fans of the dystopian genre.

Title: Blood Red Road
Author: Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands #1
ISBN: 1442429984
Publication: June 7th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5


‘Blood Red Road’ is the story of a family torn apart when men come charging out of a dust storm and kidnap the brother, Lugh. Saba, his twin is left with her unwelcome little sister Emmi and a determination to get her brother back – who is the only person that has ever meant something to her. The wasteland that is the world around them is hard and desolate and it gives you no sense of relief as the sisters are forced into one horrible situation after another. This was not your usual dystopian with the oppressive government as one of the main characters that loomed in the background and the unlikely hero that tries to take it down. No, this was a world gone mad in the wake of poor living conditions, drought and drug abuse, there wasn’t even a government from what I could tell. There was tons of adventure, action, coming of age drama and even a smidge of romance to make up for the lack of political interplay, though.

Moira Young breathes originality and realness into every aspect of this novel, from the highly descriptive world building to the dialect and her fabulous character creation. Her main character Saba will at first unhinge you and then slowly you’ll fall madly in love with her. She just rang true with me, but it didn’t stop there as each new character was introduced and expanded upon they took on a life of their own. I swoon over Jacked, cooed over Emmi and rooted for the Free Hawks.

The only splinters that wheedled in with this book was the character of the bad guy, the King and the ending. The King’s character was a bit over the top and some of the events that were included that were supposed to be surprises were a bit unbelievable. Then the ending rather threw a curve ball into it. I felt the resolution could have been there – but was included for the sake of giving a sort of cliffhanger. It got me slavering for book two which isn’t due out until October 2012 so I’m a big old hot mess over this one.

Audiobook Review:

The audiobook was fabulous, with narrator Heather Lind conveying the tone of the novel with each nuance of her speech. If you think you might have a problem with the dialect you might want to give the audiobook a try. I enjoyed it immensely and was sold after listening to a small excerpt.


Recommended for fans of the dystopian genre. This was like a Mad Max meets The Hunger Games. There is violence and some heavier subjects but nothing for parents to have to worry from. Recommended for 12+ teens.

Even More:

Ridley Scott, the genius behind movies like ‘Gladiator’ has acquired the film rights to ‘Blood Red Road’. Could this be a series to rival The Hunger Games?

Other Young Adult Dystopian, or Similar Novels

‘Poison Study’ Series by Maria V. Snyder
‘Enclave‘ by Ann Aguirre

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