Audiobook Review: Rebel Heart by Moira Young

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Audiobook Review: Rebel Heart by Moira YoungRebel Heart by Moira Young
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 10/30/2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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three-half-stars

Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

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Good, but not as great as Blood Red Road.

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What I Liked About Rebel Heart

\r\nThe emotion.  Moira Young is so adept at writing and pulling heart strings.  Just when Saba should be safe, she’s plunged back into conflict and turmoil, and decides she needs to save Jack.  Along the way, she struggles with the deaths she caused in Blood Red Road, thinking she is seeing ghosts and the like.  Her hallucinations felt vivid and real, and it leaves the reader wondering if she really is seeing things, or getting help from the beyond.\r\n\r\nYoung kept me guessing throughout the novel.  I really didn’t know what was going to happen, or why Jack was where he was.\r\n\r\nEmmy is a far smarter, and wilier character than she is given credit for.  She is wise beyond her young years and questions the decisions of her older siblings, and I just loved that she refuses to play the victim, unlike Saba and Lugh.  She is easily the strongest and smartest character in this book.\r\n\r\nI also really liked the addition of Slim in this book.  I had my thoughts about who he really was, and they were correct, but he was also a symbol of hope in the story.  Nothing is as it seems, looks can be deceptive and perhaps the TonTon and the Pathfinder will be defeated once and for all.\r\n\r\nYoung made me like the bad guy. *shakes fist* I was invested in Jack, but is DeMalo really a “bad” guy?  At times, I felt like his ambitions were not so malevolent as we originally thought and I think he really cares about what happens to his…kingdom? I don’t feel like that’s a correct term, but he’s running the place, so…  Seeing a more intimate side of him was refreshing, and it gave me hope for all of them.  Besides, he helped kill\r\n

Things I Disliked

\r\nHardly any Jack!  He has very few pages in this book and that made me so sad.  I hope it was on purpose so we get more in book three.\r\n\r\nSaba is SUCH A GIRL in Rebel Heart.  She’s a complete wreck without Jack.  Where’s the strong girl who fought in cage fights and killed people in defense of her family?  Where’s the girl who knew what she wanted and how to get it back?  In Rebel Heart, Saba is an emotional basketcase when not around Jack (so basically, the whole novel), and makes the worst decisions ever!\r\n\r\nLugh is kind of an ass.  He treats Saba like crap and assumes Jack is bad news.  Hey, dude, perhaps you should remember who saved your ass.  I also felt like Lugh complained just to complain and create conflict.\r\n\r\nLove square?  Find it here.  I don’t mind love triangles, because they are usually interesting and bring out the deeper parts of a character.  But a love square in this book felt like conflict for the sake of it.  I didn’t understand why the Tommo storyline even needed to be said.  The reader knows nothing is ever going to happen between them, so what’s the point even?\r\n\r\nI didn’t really like the ending with Jack.  How can he do that after everything they’ve been through together?  It doesn’t connect with who he was in the first book.  HOW, JACK, HOW?\r\n

Narrator

\r\nHeather Lind is still hands down one of the best narrators I’ve ever come across.  I haven’t been listening to audiobooks for very long, but I’ve been exposed to a variety of narrators, and Lind gets an A+.\r\n\r\n \r\n

Verdict

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Rebel Heart doesn’t hold up to its predecessor, and suffers from middle-book syndrome.  But it was still compulsory and a good story.

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three-half-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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