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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2)
by Moira Young
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-385-67186-6
Suggested Ages: 14+
Buy from Indigo
Release Date:  October 30, 2012

Description: It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Sabas world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lughs freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion

The Good Stuff
  • Intriguing , realistic character development for Saba - nothing at all stereotypical
  • Fast paced 
  • Fascinating new characters
  • Enjoyed the little hints that pertain to what happened to the world
  • Emphasizes the incredible willingness to survive that we humans have
  • Liked knowing a lot more about Jack's back-story
  • Ending has me dying to read the final book 
  • Portrayal of grief very dark, honest and real
  • I know a lot of people dislike Saba, but I find her truly fascinating. She is damaged , flawed character, but I find that what is interesting about her. She never acts stereotypical, she makes mistakes, but she is trying and developing -- nice work Ms Young!
  • Nice also to see Saba realizing what a jerk her brother is -- please oh please Ms Young, kill him off!!!

The Not So Good Stuff
  • A little repetitive at times
  • Some highly questionable actions taken by certain characters (Trying to be spoiler free, so hope that makes sense)
  • The writing style might be hard for most people, but I found it refreshing and worked for the characters
  • Not lovin the cover, it's not bad, just sorta plain
  • Still don't see the fascination for Lugh - he's a selfish jackass - plain and simple

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What happens changes you. Fer good or ill, yer changed ferever. There ain't no goin back. No matter how many tears you cry. It sounds simple, but it ain't."

"There are some people, she says, not many, who have within them the power to change things. The courage to act in the service of somethin greater than themselves."
To change things, I says.
Through their actions, she says, they can turn the tide of human affairs."
They, I says. You mean me."

"If restless spirits ride the Wraithway, they ain't Wreckers. They're nature spirits. The spirits of earth an water. Of air an plants an creatures. With every right to ride vengeance on men.
No, Wrecker soul's don't roam the road. This place, this hell, is their home. They're caught in their rivers of fire, always an ferever drownin. Never, ever to be free. Their voices gutter in the flames. Take pity, fergive me, have mercy on me. Prisoners of their own destruction. Trapped till the end of time."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Definitely only for those who have read the first book
  • If you haven't read Blood Red Road, but enjoy what I liken to Road Warrior for teens, check out Blood Red Road
4 Dewey's

I received this from Random  House in exchange for an honest review

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