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Rebel Heart: Dust Lands, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mature warrior-girl sequel stays exciting.

Book Moira Young Fantasy 2012
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The title -- REBEL HEART, swoon -- and the beefcake cover may attract young adult readers, but they won't get exactly what they expect. They get better. Saba's not your average fantasy heroine. She doesn't wax poetic or whine over lost loves. Readers figured that out in Blood Red Road when she talked tough and cage-fought her way to victory. Now she's racing through the desert fighting ghosts, headhunters, and armed Tonton fanatics. Her brother, Lugh, is a thorn in her side (readers may wish he gets lost along the way even though it took a whole book to find him). But other characters make up for him, especially brave and wise little sister Emmi.

The word "destiny" gets tossed around a lot, but there are still only a few hints of what that means for Saba in book 3. That's okay, because the furious ride to the middle of the journey -- usually the low point in any trilogy -- keeps readers thoroughly engaged, and always guessing about that beefcake on the Rebel Heart's cover. Is Jack really Saba's heart's desire? Or is he the enemy now?

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