Her passion kept them alive. Now it may destroy them all.
Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo…until she meets him and finds herself drawn to the man and his vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to build a stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The young and the healthy. Under his control.
Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Presumed dead, he’s gone undercover, feeing Saba crucial information in secret meetings. Saba hides her connection with DeMalo and commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, and her sister, Emmi, Saba leads a small guerilla band against the settlers and the Tonton militia. But the odds are overwhelming. Saba knows how to fight—she’s not called the Angel of Death for nothing. But what can she do when the fight cannot be won? Then DeMalo offers Saba a chance—a seductive chance she may not be able to refuse. How much will she sacrifice to save the people she loves?
The road has never been more dangerous, and betrayal lurks in the most unexpected places in the breathtaking conclusion to the Dust Lands Trilogy.
This trilogy is one of the best dytopians I have come across. It is so different from the usual mold that it is hard to even group it together with other dystopians. It is also very mature for a young adult book and I don’t mean this sexually, but thematically and character wise. It lacks all of the annoying aspects of the young adult genre and is just a damn good story. I need more series like this one.
Saba’s character arc comes full circle and her growth into an adult is extremely well done. I still see a lot of myself in her, probably more than I care to admit. She really steps into the role of leader and heads the revolution against DeMalo. Gone is the stubborn girl who fought for her brother, gone is the lost girl who nearly fell apart; in her place is a confident, level headed woman. Saba learns to open up to others and that family doesn’t just mean those who are related to you. She learns what it means to make a bad decision in a war and how to deal with the losses.
Jack is Saba’s support. She runs her ideas by him and talks things through with him, but is never dependant on him. He in fact only appears in the background most of the time, only taking on a bigger role in a few scenes with Saba. She doesn’t need anybody, same as before, but now she knows its okay to depend on others.
All of the characters mature. They don’t just grow as people but age as well. All seemed closer to adulthood then they did when I first met them. I’d like to say the characters took surprising turns because things they did shocked me, but that wouldn’t really be accurate. Characters will do something and it will initially shock you but then when you step back for a moment you’ll realize that they stayed true to character but grew between the scenes they appear in.
The revolution is unrealistic because in real life it wouldn’t work so quickly, but other than that, it was genius. Fight with your head, not your hand – take down the enemy from the inside. Drop in some double agents, target your enemy’s weakest area – that is how you win a revolution – not the guns blazing Hollywood version.
The twist was not the most shocking out of all the twists I’ve read, but one of the best executed. There are scenes from a certain characters POV, but you don’t know who it is. Even with your choices narrowed down, you end up doing impossible mental twists trying to guess who. Every time you settle on one character, some little detail that is mentioned throws you off.
There is no happily ever after. No here’s-your-ending-all-wrapped-up-in-a-bow. Yes it’s what you’d expect the ending of a dystopian to be in general terms, but it ended on a bittersweet note. People die and even the immediate future is undecided. It was really quite perfect.
Highly, highly recommended.
Other books in the fantastic Blood Red Road trilogy:
Blood Red Road – Book 1
Rebel Heart – Book 2