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[Book Review] - Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Title: Rebel Heart
   Author: Moira Young
   Series: #2 - Dust Lands
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 30th, 2012
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     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.

My Review:

     Rebel Heart, sequel to Blood Red Road, left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. It wasn't what I had anticipated or expected. However it still delivered a great story with unique and diverse characters I was happy to see Saba again. The world grew and changed immensely, and for the worst. Yet what made this book better was the character flaws that flourished throughout the book, time and time again.

     I thought I would see more of Saba, The Angel of Death in Rebel Heart, the viscous girl from Blood Red Road died apparently along the way with Lugh. She got soft and wanted to be more than just some killer, and rightfully she should be. Yet what got me bother was she was overly soft in this book, there wasn't a good moment where I stood up and yelled, "There's the Saba I know." It was a completely knew character, that still wowed me.

     Lugh was a complete mess. Over and over there was something bothering him, and yet he wouldn't open up. There was something that happened to him while he was kidnapped, something that he won't talk about or even lead on. He doesn't trust Jack at all, and when Jack's reputation is tarnished, he's the first one to right Jack off. I am sorry but coming from a guy who owes his life to Jack, that's not how I would be responding. Lugh owes Jack his life whether he likes it or not. As well Lugh is just an overall ass. He won't open up, and over and over seems to blame everything on Saba.

     What made this book overly great was the character flaws. I don't mean how Moira wrote the characters at all. I mean how humanizing they all are; they all make mistakes. Moira grounds her characters in this book, and Saba most of all. There is a great spoiler in which Saba sleeps with someone, and it's not Jack. I won't give away who, but it's things like this that play off the characters main attributes and makes them human.

     Moira delivered with another great read, and pushed the envelope further with this book. Not saying that this was better than the previous or vice versa. Instead of seeing the strengths in the characters like we had in Blood Red Road, the flaws and the humanizing factors shined through. It's their faults, their mistakes that make this book grounding, and jerking. The brooding romance between Jack and Saba continues, but with it comes the flaws and mistakes of every rushed and thoughtless action. I enjoyed this book, but not sure if it was better or worst than the previous.
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