Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
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Rebel Heart (Dust Lands Trilogy #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  10,171 ratings  ·  1,580 reviews
Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Kira
May 23, 2012 Kira marked it as to-read
I'm not a Hunger Games fan, but I call foul play on whoever decided to write, "Better than The Hunger Games lolfuck!" on the cover of this book. That's jammy! You can't do that! The packaging of the book should not be dedicated to trampling the competition!

How rude.

In other news, I'll be reading this series. It sounds freaking kick-ass.

Let's do this, bitches!



Also, *sniggersnigger* the cover is terrible, compositionally. There's a stick coming out of the guy's butt. What's going on there? Design...more
Kenia
UPDATE 9/3/12 guise. oh. my. jesus. bale. que? I just read a spoiler and I just..



(view spoiler)

UPDATE 9/2/12 Giveaway? ... well don't mind if I do

UPDATE 2/4/12 OCTOBER 30TH?! i need to cut someone

UPDATE 1/12/12 A COVER?! IS THAT JACK? -someone needs to slap this grin off my face-

2012?

Sam
3.5 stars

‘…you can’t kill all the badness in the world. You cut it down in front of you only to find that it’s standing right behind you.’

Blood Red Road proved to be quite an invigorating read, with its unique writing style and fierce characters. Needless to say, Rebel Heart quickly became one of my most anticipated sequels this year. A part of me was so very sure this book would be even better than its predecessor. Although I feel this hasn’t quite been the case, I can still say I enjoyed thi...more
Leah
When i found out the sequel was coming out this year


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When i found out it was coming out in October..


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Sparrow
YA writing often lives on surfaces: the girl with the blue eyes fights with the dude with the grey eyes, car chase, change of clothes, somebody dies, blue eyes and grey eyes kiss, to be continued. I find some storytellers exceptionally good at that type of writing. For example, Kristin Cashore knocked it out of the park with Graceling; Veronica Roth hit it with Divergent; and, of course, Suzanne Collins took that story, shook it all up, turned it upside down and used it as a mirror for the broke...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars

I have a small confession to make, though it’s hardly a secret since my review is here for all to see: I wasn’t really a fan of Blood Red Road. In fact, I was so disappointed by it that I never intended to read Rebel Heart. That said, I’m happy it showed up on my doorstep completely unexpectedly. Painful as it may be, I like the direction the story is taking.

Rather than focusing on giant killer worms, Moira Young decided to explore the extent of human cruelty and willingness to survive...more
kelllsify
Dec 25, 2012 kelllsify marked it as need-to-read
If DeMalo is not in this book, I will flip shits. What would have been the point of all those sexual tensions from the previous book? And he saved her life. Umm, yeah, that's a pretty big deal.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I read Rebel Heart several weeks ago by now, and I still can't decide how I feel about it. Let's just say, I had a lot of mixed feelings about it. While I enjoyed it, there were several things in it that infuriated me. And over all, I thought it was kind of a disappointing follow-up to Blood Red Road.

I was in love with the first book. It was like someone had taken The Knife of Never Letting Go and The House of the Scorpion and combined them into one crazy story. Not to mention, it had a kickass...more
Trudi
I don't know, maybe I'm just getting too old and curmudgeonly for these types of stories. Too much angst and melodrama, this time around, not nearly enough of that spectacle and heart-stopping action found in Blood Red Road. Even the excruciating dialect and lack of punctuation bothered me, when I barely noticed it last time, so engrossed was I in the story.

Hardly any Jack. I wanted more of his part of the story, and not just his absence and Saba's brooding over possible deceits and betrayals....more
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Dec 03, 2012 Sarah Terese *Kili!* rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one if you loved the first book. Just keep reading that one and imagine your own ending.
Recommended to Sarah Terese *Kili!* by: Myself-agh! You fool, past self, you foolish fool!
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO-OOOOOOOO!!!!!!

WHAT THE H#&& ARE YOU DOING, MOIRA YOUNG??!!! I THOUGHT I WAS SAFE! I THOUGHT I COULD READ THIS SERIES FREE OF LOVE-TRIANGLES! INSTEAD, YOU GAVE ME A FLIPPIN' LOVE SQUARE!!!



WHY CAN'T I ESCAPE??? Everywhere I go....YA love triangles...Everywhere...Everywhere...Why can't authors write about a teenaged girl who actually has to make some tough choices in life other than just which guy she wants to end up sleeping with? (Because apparently, in YA, "lo...more
Giselle
The long anticipated sequel to Blood Red Road is finally here! Rebel Heart reacquaints us with our stubborn and fierce protagonist, Saba, after she found her brother, after Jack left her, after everything has become so complicated. And the fact that she is seeing things, things that aren't there, is not making it easier.

What I enjoyed the most from the first book is what has been the most polarized; you either love the writing style, or you hate it. Myself, I looked forward to being propelled i...more
Reynje
A friend and I were recently discussing what we call the Plot Slap: when it feels exactly like a book leaps out of your hands, smacks you in the face, and crows ’Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?’

That’s what reading Rebel Heart felt like. Repeatedly.

In general, I’m a fan of novels with plots that evolve in surprising, unpredictable ways. But rather than just throwing up a couple of twists, Rebel Heart feels like a sudden, sharp turn from Blood Red Road, bolting away in a completely unexp...more
Méadhbh
INITIAL IMPRESSION

Okay. First of all, why is there a stick ccoming out of that guy's ass? Second, the title is really cheesy. Rebel Heart. Not interesting and lyrical like Blood Red Road was. The entire cover doesn't match the original cover of Blood Red Road. It might match another edition, but still. That's kinda stupid. Despite my complaining, I'm actually really looking forward to this book. I loved Saba in book 1, and really loved her attituide. I also loved the writing style. It was fun an...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
What is up lately with me and books that almost made it to the DNF pile, only to be yanked back at the last second, when a scene all of a sudden grabs me by the throat and forces me to keep reading?

Yes, I completely meant that. Certain books are pulling a master/slave act on me, telling me that I will like them...or else. I can feel the books almost glaring at me, daring me to push them, else I feel their punishing wrath.

WHY BOOKS, WHY?!? I want my reading experiences to be black and white - eit...more
AJ
*sigh* It was ok, but I was hoping for so much more!

This book suffered from ‘middle book syndrome’. I felt like the entire book was a set up for the next and final book of the trilogy. We met some new characters and a couple of important things happened, but it was really drawn out. I actually considered putting the book down at one stage, but the promise of Saba’s reunion with Jack kept me going. (view spoiler)...more
Keertana
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I think we're all aware, and familiar with, the concept of the second novel in a trilogy being the weakest link of the series. Rebel Heart, however, for all its flaws, is actually a much stronger novel than Blood Red Road ever was. If we think back to Blood Red Road, it was nothing more than an engaging, fast-paced, and page-flipping dystopian novel. Yet, Rebel Heart, despite its page-flipping action, is also a much slower, deeper, and intoxicating tale. Yes, there we...more
๑ஜ๑ Jαѕмιиє ๑ஜ๑
18-Oct-12: Ok, I'm puttin this back up to 2 stars. When I finished, I was thinking of rating it three, but I was so annoyed I rated it two. Then I kept talking about it & thinking about it, & I got so angry that rated it one. I deserves more than one though, so while I can't bring myself to rate it three, I will give it two. Barely.

1-Oct-12: I originally rated this two stars, but I've decided to rate it one. I'm just so mad. And when I look back to see what things I liked? I remember nex...more
Kilikina
Hurt. Betrayed. Deceived.

OHMIGAWD. MY TEARS.

I literally cannot even think straight. I can't..I wasn't expecting this book to be so emotionally draining. I never in a million years would have thought the book would have played out like this. I couldn't have asked for a better sequel.

(view spoiler)...more
Maria
I like Rebel Heart.

*****

Have you read Insurgent by Veronica Roth? If yes, ever thought that Tris was annoying and mind-numbingly useless? Well, she's got a twin. In the form of Saba.

For a moment, I thought about giving Rebel Heart a 4. But I realized I had a few issues that kept bothering me.

1. What happened to Lugh in the hands of the Tonton that made him such a prick to Saba?
2. The "destiny" and "all in the stars" crap that Saba's father told her were as vague as ever.
3. The story behind Jack'...more
Surin
I feel that this book really needs a warning, that this isn't really the sequel to Blood Red Road. I mean on the surface it is because it takes place right after the events of BRR but in terms of essence, characterization and definitely writing style Rebel Heart is no way a direct sequel to BRR.

Now the main problem is that I had just skimmed through Blood Red Road prior to reading Rebel Heart (just to refresh my memory) and I couldn't help feel how jarring the differences between the two books a...more
Eden
Jan 11, 2012 Eden marked it as to-read
So, not only is this title probably one of the lamest things ever (really? After Blood Red Road you come up with REBEL HEART? Why not title the next one Wild Fierce Passion?), the cover. is. boring. I think that's the worst insult I can come up with.
And guess what? It ONLY MATCHES THE FIRST NOVEL'S PAPERBACK. Aren't we all a little too damn sick of this incongruity? (Also: is a stick coming out of Hunky McHunkerson's butt?)

(Guys, look at that. This awful cover made me swear online. *glares at S&S*)
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Epic. Crazy. Even better than the first book, and seeing how BRR was one of my favorite reads last year, that's major.

**Updated**

Hurt.
Betrayed.
Deceived.


Those are the last three words of this book, but they sum up the whole of this novel beautifully. Those same words appear over and over in the novel, and the characters feel them time and again. I think every reader will come to know them as truth by the end, as well. (I know I felt gutted by the time I finished, anyway.)

If Blood Red Road was a...more
Kevin
Oh Saba...what will I ever do with you....

Even though Rebel Heart for the majority has the same cast and problems based on Blood Red Road, this is a completely different novel, and not quite up to the high standards of the first. For one, Saba has changed immensely. In the first book of the Dustlands series, she is named the "Angel of Death" and with good reason, she has to be one of the fiercest female heroines in all the young adult books that I've read. She is that girl that I would step asid...more
Sophie
Edit:
This review can also be found on The Dreaming Reader.

We ain't got time fer you to yell at me or fer me to tell you everythin that's happened, so I'm jest gonna cover the main points real quick an then I'm gonna kiss you, he says.


I think this book should've been titled LACK OF JACK instead of Rebel Heart. Just sayin'. For the second book in a series, it can be argued as a pretty darned good one. I still think the first was better (probably because there was more Jack), but this one is st...more
Aneeqah
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I want to slap Saba.

Hard.

Full review to come!
Melanie
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'They're gonna need you, Saba. Lugh and Emmi. An there'll be others too. Many others. Don't give into fear. Be strong, like I know you are.'

While Blood Red Road promised an awe inspiring debut, Rebel Heart says otherwise. If I were to describe this book with two words, they'd definitely be 'disappointing' and 'infuriating'. It turns out that not all novels get better as they go, fortunately though, I still enjoyed the premise.

The sequel to Blood Red Road,...more
Kinga
Why did they abandon the beautiful cover illustration of the book one and redesigned the whole series to look like a video game?

Obviously a rhetorical question, since we all know the reason.

'Rebel Heart' - a great title for a great book. The writing is still superb, the characters vivid, endearing and so full of personalities. This is book two in the series so inevitably a love triangle is formed – it seems to be a rule in all those YA series but I’m ok with the formula. After all, the love st...more
Mariam of the Yemen
3.5
No way near as amazing as BRR.
Hated the LT plus tommo's feelings for her.
Hated how Lugh acts. From beginning to end he pretty much annoyed me. Oh so annoyed me!

I don't feel Saba is as strong as in BRR. I loved her then. She didn't let feelings for Jack distract her. But in Rebel Heart her love life made a mess of everything. Her common sense and strength was clouded by "love".

Oh, and DeMalo, NOTHING like how I expected him to be. In BRR you get the feeling that he's menacing, nothing like how...more
Riya
Confession time: Lately, I've been in what you could call a reading slump. I just couldn't get into any books, I was feeling really lost and my love of books, and blogging (go ahead, hate on me :P), was fading. I needed something to get me out of the dumps, and I needed it fast. Bloggers, sound familiar?? Well anyway, I desperately tried at least five or more books, to only be disappointed time after time. And then came along Rebel Heart. Thank the gods, the stars, the fiddle sticks that I picke...more
helluva_girl
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Moira Young has been by turns an actress, dancer, and opera singer, but her first loves are books and writing. A native Canadian, she now lives in the UK with her husband. Blood Red Road is her first novel.
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“All the time I’ve knowed you, Jack, you kept the door to that heart of yers locked up tight an the key hid away. Looks like she found it.
He says nothing. Molly waits. Then:
Keys ain’t her style, he says. She kicked the door down.”
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“Don’t you dare walk away from this, Jack, don’t you dare, Molly says fiercely. Most people don’t ever feel what yer feeling. Be with her. An if it lasts one hour, one night, a week a month, it don’t matter. Be with her, burn with her, shine with her… fer whatever time’s given to you.” 59 likes
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