Rebel Heart by Moira Young
No summary; this review is spoiler-free!
The question I always ask myself when reading the middle book in a series is this: does this book stand well enough on its own? For Rebel Heart, the answer is a resounding yes. Sure, you need book one for context, but Rebel Heart does not suffer from Middle Book Syndrome: it’s just as good as its predecessor.
The story picks up right where Blood Red Road left off, so be sure to re-read the ending before diving in (unless you’re reading the books right after the other, or you’ve got an excellent memory). The first part of Rebel Heart might seem a bit slow, but thing pick up towards the middle. The story heads in unforeseeable directions, which speaks to Moira Young’s creativity. Nothing is ever simple with Young’s stories, and that’s the way I like it.
If you enjoyed Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart is a sequel that you absolutely cannot miss. Saba and her band of travelers are as enjoyable to read about as ever.
Still unconvinced? Check out my early buzz, which lists five reasons why you should pick up a copy of Rebel Heart.
For those who like: Blood Red Road, epic journeys
Comment Question: Did you read Blood Red Road? What are your expectations for Rebel Heart?