by Moira Young
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
The Good Stuff
- Sorta have a crush on Jack with his swagger and his cockiness - love me those kind of boys (Yes I try to pretend he's not that young, don't want to be called a cougar or anything)
- Author is Canadian
- Had a Mad Max sorta feel to it - that is how I pictured the world they lived in -- not as violent as Mad Max of course -- as it is marketed towards YA
- Saba is a strong feisty heroine and there is some great character development with her - didn't always understand her decisions, but I still liked her
- Love Nero - I want me a bird like that
- Like the intriguing secondary characters and want to know more about them
- Exciting fast paced story - on the edge of your seat moments
- good use of humour - right when you need it most
- Strong female AND male characters - working together
- Fabulous ending
- Just a really good adventure tale to lose yourself in for a while
- Author is Canadian - yes I know I mentioned that fact already - but I'm Canadian and well I have to promote a fellow Canuck (and yes I know she lives in England now)
The Not So Good Stuff
- sort of creeped out for her obsessive love for her brother, but maybe its a twin thing
- I don't get the appeal of Lugh - but maybe we will get to know him more
- The writing style took a little to get into at first, but keep going it really does add to the story
"There ain't nuthin written in the stars. There ain't no great plan. The world goes on. Our lives jest go on and on in this gawdfersaken place. An that's it. Till the day we die."
"Sometimes I think, if only I'd come earlier, if only I'd been there, maybe Allis would have lived. But you cain't think like that. If you do, you'll make yourself crazy. I did get there in time to keep you alive, red little scrap that you were, and I comfort myself with that."
"I ain't never seen a creature like that before, she says. He's so smart, he's --
More like a person than a bird? I says.
Yeah, she says. That's it.
Whatever you do, I says, don't tell him that. I'll never hear the end of it."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Fans of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction will enjoy
- Will appeal to both adult and YA readers - there isn't too much angst and adult bashing so us older readers won't get offended
- I can see the Hunger Games comparisons, but don't read it based on that - it is different