First it was Vampire fiction, now there seems to be a trend for novels set in a dark future landscape. Blood Red Road follows eighteen year old Saba in the search for her twin brother, Lugh, snatched suddenly one day from their remote shack, by a group of strange men.
Written in Saba’s unique dialect, Young’s style is compelling, and, once you are used to it, easy to read. Written through Saba’s eyes as well, we see more and more of Saba’s character as the story unfolds, which makes the tale all the more gripping.
The personal development of Saba adds another dimension to the story – far from being just another flawless heroine, she begins to realise past mistakes, and learn about herself as she struggles on her epic mission to save her brother from an enemy she knows nothing about, whilst caring for her nine year old sister, and dealing with the murder of her father.
This novel may not appeal to everyone, but it is a must read for fans of fantasy and adventure fiction. A great holiday read.