Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) - Moira Young The story appears to be set in the near future in a post-apocalyptic world (it is never quite revealed if this is the case or not). The main character is a teenage girl named Saba. She witnesses the murder of her only surviving parent, the father, as well as the kidnapping of her twin brother. Although she still has a younger sister Emmi, she feels that her life is nothing without her twin brother. Ms. Young does an admirable job in describing the wasteland environment in addition to the guilt and feelings of worthlessness of Saba. Saba appears to hate her younger sister and feels guilty over this at times but she overcomes her feelings of worthlessness as she learns to fight, literally and figuratively, for her survival. She eventually escapes imprisonment and uses her fighting skills to locate and rescue her brother. During her struggles she connects with a number of memorable characters, including a love interest.
Ms. Young presents an intriguing tale that can be enjoyed, in my opinion, by many although geared towards young adults. The only drawback I found was in the intentionally misspelled words. It was also somewhat difficult to determine the correct pronunciation of names, such as Lugh (the twin brother). Does his name rhyme with Hugh or is it something quite different? Minor grievances to be sure, but for me it distracted from the story. All things considered, this was a well written, thought provoking and stirring tale of a young woman's discovery of her worth, not only to herself but to others.