Friday 23 November 2012

A Review for Rebel Heart (Dust Land #2) by Moria Young

Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Finished Date: November 16th, 2012
Publishers: Marion Lloyd Books
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 393
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.”

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 of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion

The Review: After reading Blood Red Road, I couldn’t wait to pick up Rebel Heart. Luckily for me, I already had it sitting and waiting on my shelf, so of course I dived straight in and it was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made.

You all know how much Blood Red Road impressed me and I have to say, I was almost nervous to start Rebel Heart – mainly because of the dreaded second book syndrome but I’m so pleased to say, this book doesn’t even fit into that category.  It’s just as unique, engaging and enthralling as the first book and I so want more. 

Moria Young definitely starts this book off with a bang, and I mean with a bang because we get a fantastic treat because the first chapter is in Jack’s point of view. After the ending in Blood Red Road, we see Jack go on his own mission, so it was very interesting to see what he was up to and how he was feeling. I really enjoyed his conversations with Molly because she could read him like an open book and so many good things come from it. You learn how he truly feels about Saba and how much he can’t wait to return to her. 

“You couldn't find nobody more pig-headed if you tried, he says. An she's always thinkin she knows best, even when she don't, especially when she don't. She's prickly and stubborn an everythin you'd put at the bottom of a list if you was makin a... a list of that kind. Which I aint. I didn't. 
But? says Molly. 
But ohmigawd Molly, she shines so bright, he says. The fire of life burns so strong in her. I never realized till I met her... I bin cold my whole life, Moll.
I know, she says softly. 
It's jest that... aw, hell. She thinks I'm a better man than I really am.
Well, yer a better man than you think you are.”

Speaking of Saba, who would have thought her journey would only get harder? After all the trouble she went to, to save Lugh – whose finally back, but he’s definitely not the same. Saba worries for him and she also worries for Jack who she so desperately wants to see. Not only that, she’s plagued by hallucinations of the dead and the new person in charge has put a price on her head. It’s safe to say, it’s still a very dangerous time for Saba. I thought she grew more in this book, she really opens herself up to people and even though she does makes some mistakes, but she’s a young girl and mistakes are a way of life, so I truly understand why she does the things she does. 

There’s one character in particular I was looking to get to know more in Rebel Heart and that’s DeMalo. It was pretty clear from the start that he would have a bigger role to play but it was simply the case what would his role be. Now I know, I really like him – even though he is supposed to be the bad guy. And yes, there is a hint of a love triangle but I don’t think us Team Jack fans have anything to worry about! 

As much as I think Rebel Heart is a fantastic sequel, I did have a minor problem with it. I easily could have rated it top marks if I hadn’t missed Jack so much. He’s only present at the start and end of the book, so I would have liked more chapters from him to see what he was actually up too but other than that, Moria Young has pulled me in and made me a huge fan of this series, and now I’m dying to know what’s next in store for these loveable characters. 

“Be with me, Jack, I says. Burn with me. Shine with me.
 I'll stay till moonpath fades, he says.”

Thank you to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 


Carly @ Fiction Fascination said...

I have this for review myself but I haven't gotten the first book yet! I really need to get round to it soon as this sounds great! Glad you enjoyed this, Donna! Thanks for a great review! :)

nat cleary said...

I so need to read this soon!! Great review and Im glad you enjoyed it as much as the first :)

♥Rachel♥ said...

I loved the first one, so I really need to pick this up. So excited to hear that Jack has a chapter in his own POV! Not pleased that he's not much in the book though. Great review Donna. :)

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