Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart
By Moira Young
For We Love This Book

Rebel Heart is the follow up to Moira Young’s outstanding, Costa Winning, Blood Red Road continuing the story of Saba, Lugh, Emmi and Jack. Although it is clearly a bridging book before the final instalment of the trilogy it nonetheless has a story of it’s own as Saba heads West with a price on her head and Jack tries to find her. This book is like a combination of all the best elements of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games set in a not too distant future with a strong heroine and a violent coming of age plot. Saba is a likeable protagonist and she is haunted by her time as a killer and by the change in her brother Lugh who seems distant and much changed after his captivity. She must also contend with a new enemy as the Tonton have a new leader and they are pushing their way across the land imposing a new order.
The book sees the return of some of Saba’s friends and the introduction of new ones but in such dangerous times it can be hard to know who to trust. I would recommend you read Blood Red Road before you read this as there is little back story and the narrative style may take some getting used to. Nevertheless I would highly recommend this for anyone who has finished The Hunger Games and is looking for an intense and enthralling read.

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