Book Review: Dust Lands #2: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

RATING: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Dystopia | Post-Apocalyptic

(Dust Lands #2)

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.

Book 1: Blood Red Road review


Have you read Insurgent by Veronica Roth? If yes, ever thought that Tris was annoying and mind-numbingly useless? Well, she’s got a twin. In the form of Saba.

For a moment, I thought about giving Rebel Heart a 4. But I realized I had a few issues that kept bothering me.

1. What happened to Lugh in the hands of the Tonton that made him such a prick to Saba?
2. The “destiny” and “all in the stars” crap that Saba’s father told her were as vague as ever.
3. The story behind Jack’s life was as frustratingly thin.
4. Rebel Heart was too long to only deal and talk about Saba’s emotional downfall.
5. If a love triangle’s not enough, Moira Young made it into a love square. Three guys vying for Saba’s heart, can you believe it? Ha.
6. Moira threw in a mix of scandals that i believed did little to contribute to the characters’ depth.

I hated Saba here. as in hated. Whatever you thought of Saba in Blood Red Road, forget it. The Angel of Death is dead. For Dustland’s sake, get your act together and fight! But all that’s left is a whiny, crippling Saba who can’t tell who her heart’s desire was between two guys. Please, spare me.

And Jack. I thought I’d see more of him here. 😦 So sad and infuriating to expect more Jack-Saba moments in the sequel. Alas, it was not so. But he’s as charming and compelling as ever.

Forget Saba. Hail to Jack’s POV! to Auriel! to Maev‘s awesomeness! to Molly‘s and Creed‘s flirty bantering! to Slim and Moses! to DeMalo! Man, it rarely happened to me – that I like a villain so much as I like DeMalo. So mysterious yet more open than Jack ever really was to Saba.

I still like the ending. And that last POV? So intriguing ang deviously brilliant. Another betrayal in the making, people!

Rebel Heart will not be for every BRR fan. So little action but heavy with emotions, it barely made it to my liking. but it did. and even if it was 3 star rating, I still can’t help but be disappointed.


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Dust Lands #2: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

  1. omg i loved it its one of my fave books i love the hunger games and just like it said on the cover its just like the hunger games. instead of craving more hunger games i now crave the third book when is it coming out whennn

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