Author: Moira Young
Series: Dust Lands # 1
Published: June 07, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Summary: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.
At first I had a hard time adjusting with the writing style. Their grammar, word spelling and language are imperfect but I love how perfect it is for their lifestyle. Obviously they are uneducated, so it fits. And once you got used to it everything turns out ok.
Now with the characters, Saba is just an ok character. Found her somewhat annoying and too proud. I know that she needs to be tough and strong because of the situation she is in but it didn’t really work out for me. I hate how she treated Emmi, her little sister, and she is too focused on saving Lugh. As if Lugh is the only reason for her to continue on living, for me it falls out to obsession. I really like Emmi, for a 9 year old kid, she is a fierce one. And I love the mysteriousness of Jack. Lugh, I am not sure about him, his character was not really emphasized well in the story.
For the plot, found the part 1 is actually stronger and better than part 2. However, I have been anticipating more action but sadly it was not delivered that much. I mean Saba is a cage fighter, she is even the Angel of Death, but the actions seem scarce, insufficient. I think the story focused more on her dreams, fear, her situation in the jail room and again getting Lugh back. And then when I think that the adventure will finally begin when they started to travel to save Lugh, again it disappointed me. Oh well…
I can’t find the reasons why but for some reasons I like this book. I am just hoping that book 2 will be better.
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