Name: Rebel Heart [Dustlands, #2]
Author: Miora Young
Publication: October 30th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
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
Love, Love, Love.
I don't know what else to say! I love Jack, I love Saba, I love Emmi, I love the damn crow, Nero, I love almost every character, the entire plot-- EVERYTHING IS SO DAMN GOOD.
Except Lugh. I hate Lugh.
I couldn't help wishing that Saba never saved Lugh in the first book. Even though that was the whole point of Blood Red Road, the story could still go on if she didn't. He's so damn annoying, it makes me angry. Those people you stand there yelling at and dissing saved your damn life. Especially Saba & Jack. Yet all he does is whine and boss them all around. I'd get the twitchy eye every time he'd speak.
Saba's character was perfect. Young did an EXCELLENT job keeping that Saba's savvy fire alive. You know it's a good book when you can feel what the main character feels-- and I felt every desire, fear & heart break of Saba's. A Perfect main character. Definitely one of my favorite's of all time.
I just love Jack. I can't even begin to explain my love for him. I hate that he wasn't there through most of the thing. It seems like all the second installments in the current YA books make the lovers part. Although, Jack did play a big role even while he was absent. When he was in the book, it was like a cosmic boom. I love the chemistry between Saba & Jack. I can almost feel it radiating off of the pages. One of the greatest, truest, most meaningful relationships I've ever read about. I've always loved the idea of the heart stone, and I felt my heart beat a little faster when it would get hot against Saba's neck for Jack. I'll stop swooning now...I just love them.
I enjoyed the plot and the way it progressed. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, other than the Jack-Saba romance. I was in shock that M__ died, but I have a feeling it's going to have a HUGE impact on the next book. I could just tell by the last lines. I wanted Jack & Saba to be together in the end, and all though they were, it's made clear that it's temporary and that jack has to go back to stop the Pathfinder. NO. I don't want that :( Jacccckkkkk.
Overall, this book was phenomenal. Miora Young is truly a literary master. She has a way of capturing a heart-breaking story with action, betrayal, kick-ass characters & a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Almost every word, whether descriptive or moving, is utterly engrossing and leaves you in awe at the end of each sentence. The characters push perfection to a new level, with the perfect combinations of warrior blood & 'red-hot', achingly beautiful loyalty and love & a torn up world that swallows it all in it's red sands.
You'll be aching for more.