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Blood red road, Moira Young

Label
Blood red road
Title
Blood red road
Statement of responsibility
Moira Young
Creator
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape
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Award
  • BC Book Prizes, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, 2012.
  • Costa Children's Book Award, 2011.
  • Stellar Awards (British Columbia), 2013.
  • Westchester Fiction Award, 2013.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Review
  • Grades 9-12 This postapocalyptic opener to the Dustlands series looks like a doorstop but reads with the fleetness of a book half its length, In part, this is due to the terse narration of 18-year-old Saba, whose single-minded determination to find her kidnapped twin brother, Lugh, takes her far out into a blasted wasteland. With her annoying kid sister in tow, Saba gets captured and is forced to fight in cage matches for the pleasure of the maniacal king Vicar Pinch (who styles himself after an ancient portrait of Louis XIV) and the populace he keeps in his thrall thanks to copious amounts of the chewable drug chaal. Saba can be a tough heroine to root for, sullen and ungrateful to those who try to help her, but fans of the Hunger Games’ Katniss will find in her similar reserves of hidden good nature and ferocious fighting abilities. Some of the haphazard plot logic is hard to swallow, but Young has leveraged an intriguing action-romance story into a Mad Max–style world that’ll leave readers both satisfied and eager for more. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 05-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 17, p82)
  • Gr 7 Up — Eighteen-year-old Saba and her beloved twin brother, Lugh, know nothing of the world beyond the bleak landscape of their father's shack on the outskirts of a postapocalyptic Wrecker city. Everything changes, though, when the dreadful Tonton (think Haiti's Tonton Macoutes) descend on the homestead, kill their father, and abduct Lugh. Saba sets out to find him, trailed by her annoying little sister, Emmi. As the two girls cross a desert they enter a world in which the surviving remnants of humanity have organized themselves into haphazard and often brutal factions. An unlikely pair of scavengers captures them and force Saba to fight other slave girls in a cagelike coliseum. Her physical strength and ferocious spirit earn her the sobriquet "The Angel of Death." After a slow start that establishes the background and the siblings' relationships, the plot takes off on a wild ride through intrigues and battles, encounters with dastardly villains, and sudden reversals of fortune. Saba is aided by a seemingly human crow, loyal Emmi, a band of women warriors known as the Free Hawks, and a handsome scoundrel named Jack. Readers know that Saba will succeed, but not without overcoming impossible odds. Invented spelling and punctuation (no quotation marks are used) add to the vigor of the telling, and the protagonist's voice vibrates with the glorious energy of a young woman coming into her power. Saba has just the right combination of warrior rage and tender heart to survive and thrive in her chaotic world. The ending leaves several threads hanging, and readers will be eager for more.—Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA --Carolyn Lehman (Reviewed September 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 9, p179)
  • /* Starred Review */ Young's powerful debut, first in the Dustlands series, is elevated above its now familiar postapocalyptic setting by an intriguing prose style and strong narrative voice that show a distinct Cormac McCarthy vibe. When 18-year-old Saba's father is killed and her twin brother, Lugh, is kidnapped, she sets out to rescue him, along with their younger sister, Emmi, and Saba's intelligent raven, Nero. Their travels across the desert wasteland bring them to a violent city in which Saba is forced to fight for her life in an arena. When she escapes with the help of a group of women warriors, she and her new allies (including a handsome and infuriating male warrior named Jack) try to prevent Lugh from being sacrificed. Young's writing style—channeled through Saba's wonderfully defined narrative voice—may be off-putting at first, but readers will quickly get used to the lack of quotation marks and idiosyncratic spelling and punctuation ("There ain't nuthin written in the stars. They're jest lights in the sky") and be riveted by the book's fast-paced mix of action and romance. It's a natural for Hunger Games fans. Ages 14–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 11, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 15, p)
  • Born on Midwinter Day, Saba and her twin brother Lugh are opposites—she's dark, scrawny and cantankerous, while he exudes calm with his golden beauty—but that doesn't stop her from rising to the occasion when he needs her.  Weeks before their 18th birthday, four rough horsemen ride into their isolated, desert homestead, killing their star-reading Pa and taking Lugh captive. Saba embarks on a treacherous journey to save Lugh, with her pet crow, Nero, and her 9-year-old sister, Emmi, in tow. Saba and Emmi are kidnapped by slavers, who sell Saba to the Cage Master of the Colosseum, where she becomes known as the Angel of Death. Overseeing this macabre world is a king who keeps people in check with a narcotic, convincing them to renew his life by sacrificing a boy born on Midwinter Day. Saba learns about Lugh's fate from Jack, a fellow prisoner. With the help of Nero and a group of freedom fighters, Jack and Saba escape and rush to Lugh's rescue. This debut is a mashup of Spartacus, the court of Louis XIV and post-apocalyptic dystopia. Saba's naive, uneducated voice narrates this well-paced heroic quest in dialect, an effective device for this tale that combines a love story, monsters and sibling rivalry. Readers looking for a strong female protagonist will find much to look forward to in this new series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10004501
Cataloging source
QSCL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Young, Moira
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 14 up
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Dustlands
Series volume
bk. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hand-to-hand fighting
  • Orphans
  • Science fiction
  • Twins
  • Kidnapping
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Coming of age
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Blood red road, Moira Young
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000046822304
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
459 p.
Isbn
9781442429987
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011003423
System control number
(OCoLC)693810577
Label
Blood red road, Moira Young
Publication
Control code
000046822304
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
459 p.
Isbn
9781442429987
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011003423
System control number
(OCoLC)693810577

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