Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review - Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)Title: Rebel Hearts
Author: Moira Young
Series: 2nd (Blood Red Road)
Pages: 432
Published: October 30th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN: 9781442430006
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Description: It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.  What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion. 

I Give This ...

 Blood Red Road was an excellent addition to the dystopian genre.  I was curious as to were the story might go next because it seemed like things had been solved in the first book.  But, I was hooked and would follow the series no matter were it might go.

The first thing is it really does take determination to read this series.  Saba has an extremely difficult voice.  I remember that from the first one, but it really took some time to get use to what she was trying to convey.  It's kind of like reading a story in another language that you aren't exactly fluent in.   But, I fell into the rhythm of it and was suck in.   

I really felt sorry for Saba in this book.  She did this big heroic thing in the last book, but she's back to defending her thoughts and actions.  According to everyone else, she doing things for all the wrong reasons.  She makes rash decisions and is constantly putting other's in danger.  She should only trust her family and no one else is worth it.   For this alone, I really disliked Lugh.  I get that something horrible happened to him while he was in captivity.  But, he needs to stop and see what he's doing to her.  He may be her twin, but he no longer understand her.  Everything he said about Saba, I felt more directly applied to him.  It really made me want to reach through the pages and knock some sense into him.

Saba really tries to work around to the voice of her brother.  She tries to leave by herself to keep them out of danger.  She seems to have little regard for her own safety, just a stark determination to save those she loves.  But to accomplish these tasks, she beings to realize there is much more at stake here.  All of a sudden it's not just about her, but about the whole country.

There is a major event that occurs in this story that really left me reeling.   I think there's some greater force at work there that Saba left herself open to.  I'm curious how it will play out in the future book.  It can't be good. 


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