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Book Review: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

How lucky was I that only a few weeks after I read Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart was published! Sounds like fate to me…

Book Review: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

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Title & Author: Rebel Heart (Dust lands) by Moira Young

Genre: YA – Dystopia

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Series: #2 in the Dustland series

Publisher: Margaret K. Eldberry

How I Got the Book: Bought


“Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy.

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.”

Rebel Heart, Mind & Body

This book could not be more appropriately titled. The characters who you think you know make surprising and completely unexpected decisions. AGH!!! It’s in a good way but also in a bad way.

So, yeah…I’m sure that was helpful. Seriously though, Rebel Heart had all of the same spunk, dialect and ferocity of Blood Red Road PLUS SOME! Also, there’s tons of heartbreak. Gah!

I did feel the narrative drag a bit and that I was pushing myself to finish. It’s not that there isn’t enough going on. It’s that there’s a lot of emotional drama going on.

Rebel Heart is one of the rare books that provided a glimpse into the aftermath of a “victory.” At the end of Blood Red Road, Saba and gang successfully rescue her brother Lugh after he’s captured by the Tonton (who wanted to sacrifice him to the king).

In the continuing saga, she struggles with the question: “Where do we go from here?” And, there’s no easy answer. She and Lugh are fighting to regain the relationship that used to be everything to them, and Saba is hellbent on reuniting with her beloved ruffian Jack.

Between fielding arguments with Lugh – and there are a TON – and leading her misfit team of pseudo-warriors, Saba struggles internally with her decisions and feels literally haunted by the people she’s killed.

Also, this book has so many confusing relationships going on that it’s like more than a little tense. I enjoy this type of tension in books, but I can see how it may get on some reader’s nerves.


Rebel Heart brings the heat just like Blood Red Road. Despite a few slow spots, I pushed through, and I’m so glad I did. You will laugh, you will cry, you will probably curse. You will (ok…should, I can’t make you) read Rebel Heart.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.