Blood Red Road

Book Summary(taken from Amazon UK):
Every step of Saba’s journey sizzles with danger… In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him. The story’s searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensational YA debut novel.
Literature for Lads review:
This is Moira Young’s debut novel and what an entrance to the world of young adult literature she has made.  ‘Blood Red Road’ is a relentless adventure which will grip you from beginning to end and will leave you counting the days until the sequel is released.
The story revolves around Saba trying to find her brother, Lugh, taken from their family home by mysterious men on horseback. Saba’s quest takes place in a dystopian world which Young has vividly created.  There are elements of our world and yet so much is different. Cities are now concrete jungles and new species roam the barren wastelands, ready to pounce on unsuspecting souls.
The book moves at an exhilarating pace as Young pushes Saba ever onwards on her quest. Accompanied by younger sister Emmi, Saba endures many challenges including a period where she is a competitor in a’Hunger Games'(fellow dystopian novel) style cage fighting event.
It is within the walls of the cage fighting arena that Saba discovers Jack who joins the two sisters in their desperate search for Lugh. The three of them all play their part in the books exciting final chapters.
Saba is one of the many reasons you will love this book. Feisty, fearless and yet at times fragile she leads you through Young’s desolate landscape with no fear. Jack although arrogant and cocky still comes across as a likeable guy and the love/hate relationship which develops between him and Saba is an enjoyable plot development.
Almost stealing the show from Saba is her pet crow, Nero.  Never has there been a more unorthodox yet instantly likeable hero in a book! A constant confidant for Saba, Nero allows us to see what Saba is really thinking as she continues on her journey.
Young has written the book in the first person in the style of, what I presume, is Saba’s Western accent. There is also no speech punctuation and although some may find this tricky it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.
Blood Red Road is an epic adventure story which will transport you to a near future which will scare you, yet excite you at the same time.  Reminiscent at times of Patrick Ness and Suzanne Collins yet still full of originality Young has written a book which you will be sure to enjoy.