Title: Rebel Heart
Series: Dust Lands, #2
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Length: 424 pages | 11 hours, 25 minutes
Source: Borrowed from my local library
Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?
It’d been some time since I read Blood Red Road, so I wasn’t as emotionally invested in Saba and Jack’s romance as I might otherwise have been. Even so, Saba’s all-too-realistic bad decisions, vulnerability, and guilt kept me invested in the story. As much as I was yelling at her for her bad decisions and stubbornness (which I’m sure was fun for my fellow drivers to witness), I truly felt for her- a girl caught in a bad situation, whose limited view keeps narrowing her own options.
That being said, I had to remove a point for the pointless love triangle introduced in this sequel. There was plenty of tension in the narrative without it, and it’s pretty unbelievable. Not because Saba would’ve been smarter, but because the story was progressing in one (somewhat supernatural) direction that would’ve served the plot more holistically, and that sub-storyline was abandoned for a love triangle- and I know Moira Young is a better writer than that.