Series: Dust Lands 1
English \ Paperback, 459 pages
Debut: June 7, 2011
Read: Sept 5 / Nov 12-21, 2013
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 104
Title & Cover: I like that you can only see the shadow outline of the heroine on the cover. It kinda makes her look more powerful, also because she is not coming towards the reader, but has her back to us. Way to portray a confident fighter girl!
Characters: Saba was one awesome heroine. Although she was saying that she was always only trugging behind her twin brother, she sure could hold her own without him and showed what she was made of. She's a fine survivor, but she's not cruel or bloodthirsty. She's very practical and basic, but also risk-taking. Actually, she's perfectly like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. If you liked Katniss, you're gonna love Saba just as much.
Jack, though, was nothing like Peeta, but more like Finnick and Gale, just to stay with the comparisons. 😉 He was cute, daring, a fighter if he had to be, a good heart under a sometimes hard exterior. He had gone through shit and the skills and smarts to show for it. Yep, he mad a pretty perfect match to Saba, although there wasn't that much to read on the swoon front yet.
As far as supporting characters go, they were pretty neat. The Hawks were pretty awesome, I would very much love to read some more about them, but also Lugh and the villains were good material for this story. I could always opt for a bit more with so many characters invovled, but maybe it'd slow the pace too much, so that's fine.
Plot: I had to get used to the style first, because I'm having a hard time reading dialects and stuff, and then there's not even any quotation marks or anything. But once I got into it and comfortable with Saba as the lead role, I was about 1/4 into the book and it started to get really interesting, too.
This was journey... it most definitvely deserved the tag Adventure. It was rough and unvorseeable, half-planned and spur of the moment, sometimes tragic, sometimes sweet. Also, it wasn't your classical Dystopia with "We know everything used to be better and this is just no way to live", no. Here, society has been destroyed for so long that no one remembers, so it's more like we are in an entriely new world with only some remains of a distant past which doesn't matter anymore. Gives off a whole different vibe, and makes the fight against the pseudo king more like a war of independence like with the colonies.
I sure loved the turns the stories took, which also felt very much like it had been with The Hunger Games. There was always something to shock you at just the right moment. They were good plot turns, and they sure shaped the characters, especially Saba. I LOVE this kind of writing, because it really inspires you to be a better person, and to root for the characters, and to wish you could write something/someone that amazing. I can't even express it right!
I'm sure as hell looking forward to reading on in Rebel Heart which is -- thank goodness! -- already on my shelf, waiting to be picked up. I even have a suspicion about a second love interest for Saba, and I'm not so sure which Team to pick yet. So yes, I'm excited to find out more about the world, the rebellion, see the characters grow, and what evil things Moira Young has cooked up this time.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 5/5 -- Fantasy: 5/5
Dust Lands Trilogy:
#1 Blood Red Road | #2 Rebel Heart | #3 Raging Star