Moira Young continues to raise the bar on young adult fiction (fiction in general, really) — now with Rebel Heart, the stunning sequel to her phenomenally excellent debut Blood Red Road.
Picking up where the first book left off, Rebel Heart finds Saba facing the fallout of her actions in Blood Red Road. She’s fighting to be reunited with Jack, while facing down the possibility that he may have committed the ultimate betrayal, and struggling to find a new rapport with her twin brother Lugh, now that the dynamics of their relationship have so drastically changed. She’s also facing down her own inner demons — and it’s not clear whether she’ll survive the struggle.
Rebel Heart brilliantly tackles intense, difficult, and often mature subject matter — without skirting around the issue. Young faces each obstacle head-on, even as her characters falter and make mistakes — some quite significant. And just when you think the book has taken you beyond all reason, Young tosses in another punch-to-the-gut twist.
Young also continues her eloquent, beautifully stark writing style established in Blood Red Road — while also throwing in the delightful treat of an alternate POV for the first 29 pages. (Jack!) Fast-paced, action-packed, filled with danger and romance alike, you’ll find it difficult to put this book down — even when you’ve finished the last page.
Rebel Heart is a kick to the gut; a book that will rip your heart out, tear it to shreds, and then apologize while trying to paste it back together. An emotional whirlwind, every second of Rebel Heart is worth the agony. It is a stunning continuation of what I already believed to be a perfect novel. Young has once again amazed me and left me breathless.
Rebel Heart is in stores Tuesday, October 30th. Here is the official synopsis:
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 ofdanger and destiny, betrayal and passion