Saba leaves Em in the care of another in the woods and sets off across the desert, following the trail to her brother. Little sister Em has other ideas though and steals a horse and sets off to track Saba - finding her moments before they are captured by the evil Miz Pinch who sails a landyacht with henpecked Mr Pinch. It is bad luck for Saba that Miz Pinch (an enormous woman with big hands) is looking for her next cage fighter and she thinks Saba is perfect. Yep, you never saw that coming.
Blood Red Road is violent. Saba is super tough and Em is wiley for a nine year old kid. Saba has to fight, or they will kill her little sister. If she loses more than three fights she will be killed herself. Saba doesn't intend to lose a fight and quickly acquires a reputation that brings in the blood lust crowds. The crowds also fear her weird crow that attends every fight. (You can see why Ridley Scott has optioned this for the movies).
Then there is handsome Jack who is a cocky know it all with whom Saba feels a 'connection'. There is also the Hawks, cute tough chicks who are handy with horses, bows and arrows and no doubt looking for a decent shampoo sponsor.
There is even an evil King Pinch, who is a loon, but not so stupid he hasn't gained the control of the Eastern Seaboard with Chaal, a drug that pretty much everyone is addicted to. The King owns pretty much everything, even the cage fighting. Saba has her work cut out for her, but maybe the Hawks will help - so she can get free, find Em and then go looking for brother Lugh.
Blood Red Road is a galloping romp, with blood spilled almost on every page and there was never a tougher brother than Lugh (who is be a live sacrifice at the winter equinox) but in this first book is a tad under defined. Is there romance? Well, if Saba can free Jack something might happen, but he seems to mock her a lot and she just hates that.
If you hunger after Katmiss now that Hunger Games are over then Blood Red Road will give you the perfect fix. However, when ordering, I suggest you check out The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac on the way and then compare. You won't be sorry.