This fast-paced YA debut novel has it all: smart, savvy characters making their way through an eerily dystopian society, with all the requisite action, adventure and romance characteristic of the genre vividly and at times, chillingly, portrayed.In a wild and lawless future, where life is cheap and survival is hard, eighteen-year-old Saba lives with her father, her twin brother Lugh, her young sister Emmi and her pet crow Nero. Theirs is a hard and lonely life. The family resides in a secluded shed, their nearest neighbour living many miles away and the lake, their only source of water and main provider of food, gradually dying from the lack of rain. But Saba's father refuses to leave the place where he buried his beloved wife, Allis, nine years ago. Allis died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has never forgiven her sister for their mother's death.
But while she despises Emmi, Saba adores her twin brother Lugh. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, loving and good, he seems the complete opposite to dark-haired Saba, who is full of anger and driven by a ruthless survival instinct. To Saba, Lugh is her light and she is his shadow, he is the day, she is the nighttime, he is beautiful, she is ugly, he is good, she is bad.
So Saba's small world is brutally torn apart, when a group of armed riders arrives five day's after the twin's eighteenth birthday snatch Lugh away. Saba's rage is so wild, that she manages to drive the men away, but not before they have captured Lugh and killed their father.
And here begins Saba's epic quest to rescue Lugh, during which she is tested by trials she could not have imagined, and one that takes the reader on breathtaking ride full or romance, physical adventure and unforgettably vivid characters, making this a truly sensational YA debut novel.
This is a remarkable story. It is a story of courage and growing up and dragging your little sister with you along the way.
The Blood Red Road is a story that is down to earth yet exciting. The farther into the book i got, the further i found myself consumed into the storyline. The storyline is strong and well written. It is also executed very well. The story is easy to follow.
The narrator knows how to execute the story very well. The narrator is Heather Lind and she does a very good job of getting the story across to listeners. She has a voice that is easy to listen to and She definitely knows how to narrate a story. She adds just the right amount of southern accent to the story to make you feel like Saba is a real southern and plain character.
The Lead character Saba is a female character that is strong and Sturdy. She asks questions and learns as she goes. When her pa is killed and her brother is taken she is left alone with her young sister. She doesnt hesitate to step up to the plate and go after her brother. In turn we get a story that is well worth the time to listen to or read.
This is a great story if you get a chance pick it up you wont be sorry that you intevested your time.
Publisher-Simon & Schuster Audio
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS
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