Wednesday, June 13, 2012
After Reading: Blood Red Road
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
I am *still* attempting to get caught up on books posts, so bear with me :) Anyhow, this one deserved a post of its own because I both loved and was really frustrated with it. The story, the world, the pacing, it all was great. I wasn't too huge of a friend of Saba, but it wasn't a hang up. But honestly, the writing style did really bother me. I thought it wouldn't--I'd read plenty of reviews that said it was okay--but the lack of quotation marks made me a little nuts. Silly, I know, but it yanked me out of the story far too often. Mainly because it was impossible to tell when someone was speaking, often until after they were done, then I'd have to go back and read the line again to piece together what was dialogue. It worked, but it made it hard to sink into the world like I normally like. Anyhow, we'll see about the next one--something to pick up from the library possibly :)
Have you read it? What did you think? Did the style make it difficult to read?