When I began gathering my thoughts about this book to write a review it dawned on me that it’s a wonder I liked it. Most of my initial thoughts were negative.
1. The dialect was tedious
2. There are NO dialogue tags
3. The main character, Saba, is rather unlikable
4. It was slightly over-plotted
See what I mean? It has a lot going against it from my personal standpoint. So, what made me like it? It was a good story.
After a while, I barely noticed the dialect. The lack of dialogue tags tripped me up throughout the book but didn’t ruin the experience. It takes a skillful writer to pull that off. Saba, though at first selfish, does evolve during the story. It’s subtle though. I also thought the book could have ended at an earlier point. One final showdown added was overkill for me.
I was a bit disturbed by Saba’s attachment to her twin brother Lugh. Don’t get me wrong. I realize twins often have special bonds. I come from a family with multiple sets of twins on both sides of the family. I’ve seen how they act and react to each other. Saba’s attachment bordered on incestuous; her thoughts and feelings toward him were expressed in a manner reserved mostly for romantic couples. She does fall in love with another character through the course of the book, and Lugh becomes second in her heart.
Overall, I liked Blood Red Road. It’s obviously part of a series but I won’t go out of my way looking for the sequel. If I run across it or it is brought to my attention, I’ll read it.
Oh! MTV’s Hollywood Crush says, “Better than The Hunger Games….This book will blow you away.” I disagree. The Hunger Games blows this book out of the stratosphere.