Book Review: Raging Star


veronica | Sigh. I had such high hopes for this Moira Young series; Blood Red Road was interesting and kept me turning the pages which fresh characters and a strong lead in Saba. The compelling story made me eager to pick up Rebel Heart. There I started detesting Saba and where the story was headed. Because I have a compulsion to finish what I start, I picked up Raging Star with a heavy heart and no expectation that anything would change. I was not wrong. My dislike for Saba and Lugh only increased and with such a weak ending, I wished I was able to give up.

I’m fairly certain the only character that I really liked died early on in the series and while there were other notable ones, they didn’t play a huge part. In fact, I’m sure I liked Nero, the crow and Tracker, the wolfdog more than the other human characters.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dystopian YA novels that are well written with good characters or even bad characters with redeeming qualities. Saba, the female lead may have been physically strong but her inner struggles were too farfetched to be believed and her constant flip flopping led to the worst ending I’ve ever read in a long time. I mean, it’s right up there with Stephen King’s Gunslinger series ending and I HATED that.

I would hate to see teen girls reading this series thinking this is how women are supposed to be. Even though these books are stories, they should have a message, but I’m afraid Raging Star and the Dust Lands series sends the wrong one.


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May 13, 2014