Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bookanistas: BLOOD RED ROAD

It's Bookanista Thursday, baby! BOOYA!

That would have sounded a lot better if there was a day that began with the letter B. I hereby vote that we change the name to Bursday.

Anyway. If you're not familiar with the Bookanistas, we're a group of authors who recommend books on Thursdays. And this week, we've got a little something special to celebrate! Fellow Bookanista Veronica Roth's debut, DIVERGENT, hit the NYT bestseller list! WOO TO THE HOO!!!

Today, I'll be featuring BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young. And God said, "Let their be a book description," and lo, Goodreads obliged:

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.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

I think we've all seen claims like this one. It's the MOST EPIC STORY EVER! Or the MOST LOVINGEST LOVE STORY EVER. Or the MOST ADVENTUREY ADVENTURE EVER. And normally, I'm all, "Yeah, right. You are exaggerating, and we both know it." But after reading BLOOD RED ROAD, I have to admit...I kinda agree with them.

Saba's voice is unlike anything I've ever read. So different, in fact, that I'm struggling with how to do it justice. It took me a few pages to fall into it, that voice, and then I couldn't get her out of my head. She's brave and heart-breaking and flawed and determined. That alone would have been enough to win me over, but Young takes this amazing character and plops her into an epic adventure, which is arguably THE MOST EPICALLY EPIC ADVENTURE EVER!

Suffice to say, I don't think I can gush about this book enough. You MUST read it.It hits the shelves on June 7th.

After you've added this to your to-read list, check out what the other Bookanistas are doing!

Elana Johnson turns you on to Divergent
LiLa Roecker is ensnared by Tighter
Christine Fonseca gets giddy about Moonglass – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger is mesmerized by Imaginary Girls – with giveaway
Kirsten Hubbard has double the love for Rival and Moonglass
Carolina Valdez Miller vaunts Divergent – with giveaway
Megan Miranda devours Bad Taste in Boys
Bethany Wiggins and Shana Silver share their passion for Possession
Gretchen McNeil rocks out with The Anti-Prom
Stasia Ward Kehoe shines a spotlight on Dramarama
Myra McEntire announces the Bookanistas Give Back Run For Your Life contest winners!


Marsha Sigman said...

Definitely my kind of story. I'm never going to get through this TBR list. And I need a second

Happy Bursday.

Anonymous said...

Ooo, I have an e-galley of this! Can't wait to get to it.

Carrie Harris said...

Marsha: I know. I always tell myself I won't read the other Bookanista recs because then the list will get WORSE, but I never listen to me. :)

Ashelynn: It is totally worth it!!!!!

Elana Johnson said...

Okay, if you loved it, I will crack it open. I have a copy, and well, you know. The pile is huge.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

This one's been on my NEED-TO-READ-NOW list for a while (just like Divergent up until a few weeks ago) and I think this review just confirmed it. CAN'T WAIT! :D

Also, I'm currently planning a theme month from June 20th to July 20th and would be honored if you'd consider participating. There are some great authors participating with features and giveaways; it's almost set except for paranormal week. Anyways, I'm trying to keep it short since I'm commenting about it, so please email me if you're interested. (Sorry, but I couldn't get the email tab to work!) Thanks!