Blood Red Road takes place in a future where the land is dry and harsh, much like it's people. A young girl named Saba, takes off to find a group of mysterious men that kidnapped her brother and killed her father. She and her younger sister, Emmi, must travel through a dangerous dessert, town and hills to find her brother. Along the way, Saba ends up in human cage fights. She is fierce and considered to be the Angel of Death. She meets Jack, another fighter that can help show her the way to her brother and the "King." She also runs into a female group of warriors named the Free Hawks. But that part of the journey is only the beginning...
Overall, I liked the book. I had a pretty hard time adjusting to the language and writing style. Imagine that much of the way certain things are pronounced in the south are spelled just like they sound. For example, instead of "just" it is "jest" or "bin" instead of "been" or "fer" instead of "for." Often it sounds like the way children pronounce things before they learn to use the proper tense. It can be difficult to read sometimes, but eventually, you'll get use to it. I also didn't take to Emmi's character too much. I know that several people liked her and I did too for the most part. But I hated how she never listened to what her older sister told her to do. I know that she wanted to find Lugh as well, but there were some parts (particularly the last time she didn't listen) where I found her annoying and troublesome. And in all honesty, I can see how Saba thought she was slowing her down. But she also came in useful from time to time, so I guess she kind of evens out.
I loved most of the characters. Epona (fantastic and one of my favorites with her quiet strength), Ash and Maev (good solid back-up characters), Ike (a wonderful lovable character), Tommo (you just want to hug him!), the Pinchs and the King (the villians that you loved to hate and couldn't wait to see get it in the end), were all fantastically written! They each seemed to fill a role and provide a crucial element in the story. I also really like DeMalo, but I don't think that we have seen the end of him.
I loved Saba's strength and her instincts. I also thought she was great. I can see how and why she pushed Jack away for the most part and was generally cranky. She just wanted to find Lugh and focus on that, but felt as though she was being hampered. She also felt as though he was making fun of her from time to time, which would make anyone annoyed. But you have to understand something, she has only ever been around her family. She has no idea when a guy is flirting with her! I loved Jack's character, even though he seemed to play hot and cold. One minute he was kissing her and the next telling her not to even smile at him again. Clearly in a dystopian future, boys do not change.
Overall, pretty good and excited to read the next one!