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Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

A co-worker of mine had informed me that I MUST read this book. We have extremely similar taste in books, so I decided to give Blood Red Road by Moira Young a try. 

A book written in hybrid slang and has no quotation marks makes Moira a literary genius! She thought outside the box and executed it well. In a dystopian society years ahead of our very own, a fiery young woman named Saba is determined to save her brother, Lugh, who has been kidnapped. As you travel with Saba and her stubborn little sister, Emmi, you are taken to places that will have you chomping at the bit to know what happens next. 

 “We hunker down, some ways apart. We crouch as low to the ground as we can git. My heart’s stuck in my throat.

One more time, Saba. If lightnin catches you out in the open, whaddya do?
Crouch down, head down, feet together, hands on knees. Don’t let my hands or knees touch the ground. That’s right, ain’t it, Pa?

An never lie down. Don’t ferget that, Saba, never lie down.

I hear Pa’s voice loud an clear in my head. He got struck by lightnin as a boy. Nearly got killed from not knowin the right thing to do, so he’s made damn sure we all know what to—

Crack! The darkness splits open with a bright flash an a slam boom. It sends me flyin. I bang my head aginst the ground—hard. Try to pull myself up but fall back. Dizzy. My head spins round an round. I groan.
Saba! Lugh shouts. Are y’okay?

Another flash an boom splits the darkness. I think it’s headed away from us, but I cain’t be sure, my head’s so muddled. My ears ring.

Saba! Lugh yells. Where are you?

Over here! I call out, my voice all thin an shaky. I’m here!

An then Lugh’s there, kneelin beside me an pullin me up to sit.

Are you hurt? he says. Are y’okay? He slips his arm around me, helps me to stand. My legs feel all wobbly. Did it hit you?

I . . . uh . . . it . . . knocked me offa my feet, is all, I says.

Then, as we stand there, the dark rolls away.

An the world’s turned red.

Bright red like the heart of a fire. Everythin. The ground, the sky, the shanty, me, Lugh—all red. Fine red dust fills the air, touches every single thing. A red red world. I ain’t never seen nuthin like it before.

Me an Lugh stare at each other.

Looks like the end of the world, I says. My voice sounds muffled, like I’m talkin unner a blanket.

An then, outta that red dust haze, the men on horses appear.”

Out of five stars, I would gave this book four. Not because it was bad – goodness no! – but because my brain didn’t want to read it the way it was meant to be read. I decided to re-read parts to understand the main character better and get the full experience. With that being said, it took me some time to get into a flow. However, I wouldn’t trade the time for anything. 


Multi-Tasking … To Do, or Not To Do?

Recently, I have been trying to read, catch up on TV shows, and clean. All at the same time. And all the while I’m thinking this one thought over and over again … WHAT AM I THINKING!? I don’t have time to do all of that at once. Who do I think I am? … Well, I’ll not answer that. HA!

I’ve caught up on some shows, and am now watching my way through ARROW. A drama based on the DC Comics’ Green Arrow. Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver, is quite the looker if I do say so myself. Hello! 

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter (“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”). Melissa Kellner Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.” {Taken from The CW}


Then there is the book that I’ve been trying so hard to get through. I really like the story line and the character development, but I cannot seem to read it the way it was meant to be read. I sometimes have to re-read paragraphs so I can read it the way that it was meant to be read. Oi! But, I’m getting through it and I think it’s a really grand book! I’ve just realized I didn’t mention what the title or who the author are. It’s Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young.

“Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. 

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.” 

{Summery from Goodreads.com}


Last, but certainly not least, I try to keep up on the house cleaning. … Merp. Dishes, sweeping, moping, trash, laundry, dusting, scrubbing bathroom appliances, and just tidying up. Boy-oh-boy! It takes a lot of time and … well, time … to do all of this when the couch is calling me to sit on it and either read a good book or watch one of the many tv shows I’ve started.

I know it needs to be done, therefore I do it. Maybe not all in one day, but the work does get done throughout the week!

cleaning 1

Now that I’ve vented about some issues, I feel better. I am going to go home and not do anything about this. I think, maybe, I enjoy all the chaos that I can control. Yeah? So, I will continue my raid of watching, reading, and cleaning! [Mostly] at the same time.


I’m reading a book titled Blood Red Road by author Moira Young and I’m just not sure about this. I’m loving the plot so far, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s the voice of the main character. It’s very old southern. And by “old southern” I mean hillbilly-like. I’m not sure if I can read this book quickly. My brain fixes the sentences as I keep reading it then I have to go back and reread what I just read in a “southern” mind-voice (the voice with which I read books with…haha!).

Any-who, if someone is happening to read this blog entry, let me ask you this: Do or did you feel this way when reading this book (if, in fact, have read this book)?

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