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Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  17,123 Ratings  ·  1,931 Reviews
Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared--and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Doubleday Canada
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lokilas Not at all! If I could go back, I would not have read this book. It ruined the whole series for me. I will never read the third installment of this…moreNot at all! If I could go back, I would not have read this book. It ruined the whole series for me. I will never read the third installment of this series because of this particular book. (less)
Britney De Graff I think that is is more of a dystopian that takes place after the "apocalypse". It is also a YA science fiction(y) novel.

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Jan 14, 2012 Kiki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2011 Kenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequels
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-


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
Mar 02, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i found out the sequel was coming out this year


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


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
Mar 06, 2012 kelllsify marked it as need-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Keely *Keelskilo*
Apr 13, 2012 Keely *Keelskilo* rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one if you loved the first book. Just keep reading that one and imagine your own ending.
Recommended to Keely *Keelskilo* by: Myself-agh! You fool, past self, you foolish fool!


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, "l
Cait (Paper Fury)
IF I DO NOT GET MY GRUBBY PAWS ON THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY, I MAY PASS OUT. That was so so ridiculously, suffocatingly good. And horrible. I hate this book. I'm having a heart attack, okay? If you see someone screaming in the corner and beating their head against the floor -- that'd be me. I AM IN PAIN, FOLKS. This books. omg.

So basically there are NO second book blues here. This one dives into a more emotional side...and the plot IS kind of similar. But I didn't even care?! Because it FIT and
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.
Feb 26, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
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
Feb 08, 2012 AJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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)
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
What. The. Hell. Did. I. Just. Read?

After relatively enjoying Blood Red Road I thought there were high chances this book could bring me out of my latest reading slump, but little did I know it would destroy these hopes… Completely and utterly. After a slow start things went from bad, to worse, to throw book into the pond terrible. And all for 2 reasons:

1) Saba is an idiot. The bad-ass fighter from book 1 is gone, replaced with a girl haunted by the ghosts of her decisions (incredibly interesting
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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
Feb 13, 2012 Surin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Hurt. Betrayed. Deceived.


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.

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Feb 01, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
Shelves: ya, dystopia
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'
Jan 11, 2012 Eden marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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&
Maria (highinthebooksky)
i was constantly thinking : where is jack???
apart from that the story was really gripping and cool as the first one ... I had my issues with saba towards the end but overall she was a great heroine! :-)
Oct 26, 2015 Lucia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book 1: Blood Red Road- 4 STARS
Book 2: Rebel Heart - 2 STARS
Book 3: Raging Star - 2.5 STARS

This is the most conflicted I have ever felt about book series. I adored some parts of this trilogy and hated the others. Let's see what are pluses and minuses of Dust Lands trilogy.

Saba, the narrator and heroine of this trilogy, is bold, rude, vicious and very determined. On the top of that she is selfish and stubborn. Surprisingly, instead of
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.



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 s
Dec 30, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 s
Jul 17, 2013 Kinga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah *on hiatus*
There are many things I dislike in books; love triangles, insta-love, characters who don’t communicate, too flowery and pretentious pose and so on.
My biggest bookish pet peeve is boredom. Not slow pacing of lack of events, but when a book loses my interest.
When that happens, the rating sky drops.
The plot of Rebel Heart is okay and improves as the book goes on, but boy did it take long to get there.

There is a lot of walking, and this gave great opportunity for us to get to know the characters,
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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,
May 03, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was I thinking - 3.5 stars? Geez, this was fantastic! It showed a Saba that was fuller and richer. Can't wait to get my hands on the third book. Alas, the book is at home, and I am at work. Sad face :-(

November 18-25, 2012
This is really a 3.5 stars. It gets knocked down for the language and the sex. The first book was so well done. Saba was a tough, no nonsense girl, but in this one she literally cannot make a decision without either consulting Lugh or pining away for Jack. I will still be
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Moira Young is from Vancouver, BC and now lives in the UK. A former actor and opera singer, her debut novel, Blood Red Road, first in the Dustlands trilogy, was published in 2011 to international acclaim. It won a host of prizes including the Costa Children’s Book Award, the British Columbia Book Prize for Children’s Literature and France's Le Prix des Incorruptibles. In the USA it won a Cybils Aw ...more
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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.”
“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.” 72 likes
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