*I received Blood Red Road by Moira Young as a submission for the YABA
I thought the overall plot was good and I enjoyed the action. I wanted to see what would happen and really liked one twist.
I couldn’t get past the terrible grammar and spelling. I know it was intentional to demonstrate that the characters were uneducated but since there were no sophisticated characters juxtaposed, it felt sloppy and was painful to read. It’s actually quite remarkable that she came up with a dialect and stuck to it, I just have trouble with such things.
The lack of quotation marks or spaces indicating dialogue was also difficult on the eyes and caused some confusion.
A decent story but it lacked the social/ political depth and eloquence of its most distinguished dystopian peers.