Dust Lands, Book 2
Warning: If you have not read the first book, then the below information can potentially spoil your appetite (or get you geared up and ready to read it). It does contain spoilers from the first book.
Description (taken from Goodreads):
It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.
What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.
The minute I started reading this, I realized I was in for another adventure. It starts off with Jack's point of view. He's off to deliver some grave news to one of his closest friends. And of course, trouble tends to appear. Meanwhile, Saba is having a hard time coping with all of the death caused by her hands. She kind of goes a little nuts. Personally, I though it was super fun to read from her point of view as she went off the deep end (but we all know I fell off the deep end a while back).
Anyways, Saba, Lugh, Emmi, and Tommo are heading West under the dreams of starting a new life. But, somehow Saba finds out Jack's in trouble. She's going to find him and drag him out of there if she has to. And throughout it all, we find out that Saba is just as human as the rest of us; she makes mistakes and has to deal with them. Suddenly though, nothing appears right. Those you thought of as friends suddenly become your enemies, and your enemies your friends...
This is one of those books where you feel like loving the bad guy even though you know your supposed to hate him. And that's my problem: I'm a sucker for bad guys. Especially the ones that don't seem bad on the surface (and sometimes tend to trick my heart in the end by betraying it).
The only thing I can say I didn't like about this book (and it holds true with the first one) is the punctuation. Not the writing style; I absolutely adore it. I hate how we don't see quotations around conversations and people talking. So some pages make it difficult to determine if Saba was thinking it or speaking it. Oh and another thing is I really wanted to know what's Lugh's deal was. He's a butt hole, and somehow I think there's a story behind him (but we don't see it in this novel).
For those who are in need of a different fantasy/dystopian, go pick up this series. I highly recommend it.
Challenges: Sensational Seconds and Young Adult Reading Challenge