Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

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"Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared--and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul."--From publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2012
ISBN: 9780385671866
Branch Call Number: YOUNG
Characteristics: 424 p. ; 21 cm


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May 11, 2020

I loved Blood Red Road so much that I immediately had to read the next two books in the trilogy. Let me say, neither let me down.
Saba has Lugh back and the King has been defeated, so things must be looking up--right? Wrong. Jack may or may not be a traitor, there's a price on her head, and DeMalo has a new world vision that sees the weak and ill displaced or killed with the young and healthy put in their place.
Fast-paced, I couldn't put this book down as I was drawn into Saba's struggle to do what is right for the world as she tries to define herself. Sometimes I wanted to kick her in the head, but hey, she's only an 18-year-old girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders.
A fine continuation of the series. If you like dystopian fiction, strong female leads, and a fast plot, you'll enjoy this series.

Jan 18, 2019

It'd been some time since I read Blood Red Road, so I wasn't as emotionally invested in Saba and Jack's romance as I might otherwise have been. Even so, Saba's all-too-realistic bad decisions, vulnerability, and guilt kept me invested in the story. As much as I was yelling at her for her bad decisions and stubbornness (which I'm sure was fun for my fellow drivers to witness), I truly felt for her- a girl caught in a bad situation, whose limited view keeps narrowing her own options.

That being said, I had to remove a point for the pointless love triangle introduced in this sequel. There was plenty of tension in the narrative without it, and it's pretty unbelievable. Not because Saba would've been smarter, but because the story was progressing in one (somewhat supernatural) direction that would've served the plot more holistically, and that sub-storyline was abandoned for a love triangle- and I know Moira Young is a better writer than that.

Aug 08, 2017

After reading “Blood Red Road”, I wasn’t totally convinced to pick up “Rebel Heart”. In the middle of “Blood Red Road”, I got used to the grammar and the plot got more interesting. However, I still didn’t feel any character development and the characters felt fake. I decided to give “Rebel Heart” a chance and I’m quite glad I did. The pacing in “Rebel Heart” is much slower allowing me to take in the information and not just forget what happened a chapter after I’ve read it. It was also more emotional and intense, allowing me to finally connect and feel something from the characters. I find that connecting and feeling the emotions of a character is a huge asset to books because without it, it feels the book is missing something. The character “Saba” was definitely improved. Some things she did didn’t make sense but, I understood her and overall most things she did made sense. In “Rebel Heart”, Moira Young improved her writing and the series took a good turn. I would recommend reading “Rebel Heart”. 3.5/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 17, 2016


This 2nd book of the Dustlands trilogy was epic.. i had to literally force myself to put it down and succeeded about half the time. I enjoyed the beggining because it was from Jack's point of view and shed some different shaded light on everything. I enjoyed the 1st half of the book without getting to intense about it. But when you enter into phase 2 (or as i call it "everything after DeMalo" you are free to play the Taylor Swift song Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together) anyway i could have strangled Saba. Moira Young did such a good job not saying who the perspective who was in italics was. Who else thought it was Tommo? Speaking about Tommo, he and his love for Saba are definitely throwing a wrench in the machine here for Saba, because its pretty much that saying " stuck between a rock and a hard place" I felt bad for her because if she broke it to him that she doesn't love him it could seriously break him, he's already lost so much. Ok, one more thing, who the heck is the guy on the cover?! Lugh or Jack or Tommo?!

Sep 02, 2015

Sequel to Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart was definitely not a letdown for me. As Saba, Lugh, Emmi, and Tommo head for the big water after being reunited, it turns out that not all is well. There is a new leader for the Tonton, one who is more polished and fierce and Jack isn’t who he said he was. According to Maev he was the one who led the Tonton into the free-hawks territory, got them killed and let her free with a message for Saba. Saba ends up leaving and following the message to The Lost Cause alone, but soon everyone else follows (Maev, Lugh, Emmi and Tommo) and now she has more lives to take care of. They hijack a cart and the owner, who also seems to be going to The Lost Cause, gives them a ride there without really knowing who his capturers are. The whole book mainly follows their journey and everyone’s relationships with one another and Saba’s with herself. I personally had to force myself to put the book down and not stay up reading all night because of how intimidating it was. The title worked pretty well with the book because Saba does get in a conflict with herself on who Jack really is and she can’t believe he would ever lie to her or do whatever is said that he did. However Saba finds him and she starts believing what everyone said, beating herself over it and there is much more that goes on between them that would support the title’s meaning in the book. Much like the hunger games it was a book about survival and finding who you really are. If you have read and loved the hunger games I’m sure you will love the Dust Land series although it takes time to adjust to the accents. It’s truly a great and thrilling book.

Apr 23, 2014

Not quite as good as the first book in the trilogy but a worthwhile read.

bandblair Mar 27, 2014

Doesn't live up to the first book. I'll see what I think after reading the 3rd.

Dec 17, 2013

This was, by far, one of the best series i have ever read. i devoured "Blood red road" and then demolished "Rebel heart". it was twisted and deceiving and constantly keeping you on your toes. i thought i loved the "Hunger games", but then i read these books and it was as if i had been blind and now could finally see. Moira young has to be my absolute favourite author right now. These books deprive you of sleep, and time and leave you desperately begging for more!

Apr 25, 2013

The Dustland's sequel "Rebel Heart" is just as action packed and then some as Blood Red Road. Saba reunited with Lugh, they kick off with Emmi to the Big Water, but it turns out that things aren't what Saba imagined when she rescued Lugh at all. Jack is not what he seems, or is he? The Tonton have A new way of running things from A new leader. So many different adventures pour through this sequel. Make sure you don't miss out! :) ~Tim

JewelMcLatchy Apr 23, 2013

Great sequel. Think I actually liked it better than the first, which is odd for me, seeing as the first book was very riveting and intense, once you get used to the slightly modified vocabulary. Really looking forward to seeing what happens with the characters in the final book of the trilogy, particularly Lugh and Tommo. We can all guess what's going to happen with Saba and Jack, so I'm more curious about the secondary characters now.

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Jan 08, 2013

Sexual Content: Some passionate kissing and one short scene where nothing happens but sex is implied.


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JewelMcLatchy Apr 23, 2013

There are some people, she says, not many, who have within them the power to change things. The courage to act in the service of somethin greater than themselves. To change things, I says. Through their actions, she says, they can turn the tide of human affairs.


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