Source: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
Challenges: Debut Author Challenge
Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Short synopsis (Goodreads): Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
My Review: I ended up liking this book A LOT more than I expected to. It’s a dystopian novel, but not as complex as some of the others that are out there, but that suites it just fine. It’s kind of like a future world that reverted back to the wild wild west which is fun. However, for the first 100 or so pages the language was hard to get used to. I’m really glad I persevered though because once things start picking up, they happen fast. Lots of really fun, memorable characters are introduced and Saba herself really starts to gain more depth. These things combines make it so that the writing doesn’t distract anymore, it actually helps set this book apart. It’s kind of a dystopian world that has reverted to the wild wild west. I liked it a lot.
Other than the relationship between Jack and Saba, I really liked how Saba and her younger sister grew closer together. As the oldest of five I can relate to how annoying siblings can get but also how they can be helpful and you’re glad they are there. This was portrayed very well. We don’t really get to know Lugh even though he’s the driving force behind Saba’s quest.
It seems that this is the beginning of a series. Things tie up nicely in this book but there are definitely some unanswered questions (DeMalo) and I need more Jack! Looking forward to more!!