Thursday, July 10, 2014

Raging Star by Moira Young Review + Fancast

Title: Raging Star (Dust Lands #3)
Author: Moira Young
Source: Library
Rating: 5 Stars
Her passion kept them alive. Now it may destroy them all.

Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo...until she meets him and finds herself drawn to the man and his vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to build a stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The young and the healthy. Under his control.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Presumed dead, he's gone undercover, feeing Saba crucial information in secret meetings. Saba hides her connection with DeMalo and commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, and her sister, Emmi, Saba leads a small guerilla band against the settlers and the Tonton militia. But the odds are overwhelming. Saba knows how to fight—she's not called the Angel of Death for nothing. But what can she do when the fight cannot be won? Then DeMalo offers Saba a chance—a seductive chance she may not be able to refuse. How much will she sacrifice to save the people she loves?

The road has never been more dangerous, and betrayal lurks in the most unexpected places in the breathtaking conclusion to the Dust Lands Trilogy.

First off, I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this series. The writing style is unique, the storyline is awesome and when you add Saba, Jack, Emmi, the Freehawks, it is all so amazing! I first saw Blood Red Road on a store shelf a couple weeks after it came out and knew I just had to read it. It was only my third dystopian book (after the Giver and the Hunger Games) so I had never read anything like it before. Almost three years later I’m finishing Raging Star with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. Though I was sad to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters I was beyond satisfied with the ending.

42 pages into the book I was already in love. The actions and emotions of the book washed over me and pulled me under, not letting me go. I don’t normally react in any way when reading but this time I was laughing out loud, bouncing on the end of the couch pulling the book closer to my face. I would curl up into the fetal position and sigh, trying to hold back my tears and not succeeding. As I was in the living room my sister got to witness all these rollercoaster emotions as well. I think I made her a bit nervous to read it.

Saba spent most of this book trying to be a leader to her small gang but sometimes it just didn’t seem possible. One wrong move on her part and they were looking to revolt. She feels the burden of the mission and is trying hard but on the inside she is starting to crack. You really feel for Saba as she tries to deal with her personal struggles and trying to save everyone around her. 

There were a couple additional narrations added to this book, little splatters of it here and there, and I thought they were very well done. One was Emmi and one was a mystery character that we met at the end of Rebel Heart. I spent over half the book trying to figure out who this mystery character was and as it went on I got more anxious (read the book and find out why) hence the bouncing on the edge of the couch.

My favorite book of the year so far, as well as one of my favorite series, if you haven’t read it yet you need to! If you’ve heard about Blood Red Road but never got around to reading it, now is the perfect time.  Farewell Saba and the gang! You will live forever on my bookshelf! 

Saba (Lyndsy Fonseca)
Jack (Drew Roy)

Emmi (Emily Alyn Lind)
Lugh (Jake Abel)

Tommo (Asa Butterfield)

DeMalo (Ben Mansfield)

Ash (Sarah Carter)
Creed (Andrew Garfield)
There's my idea of who's who. What are your fancast's for this book?


  1. Aww yeah, I loved this one too! I was sad to have to say goodbye to Saba and everyone (especially the people who died...). Love your casting choices, too!

  2. I haven't read this series. Sounds like one I need to add to my list. I love books that suck you in and don't let up!