Expected Publication: September 1st, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher (ARC)
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinions.
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
I will admit that westerns have never really been my thing. A lot of people were excited about Vengeance Road because of its western aspect and the rarity of that in YA, but what drew me in was the story of revenge. (And Erin Bowman, obviously. And also THAT COVER.) And thankfully, VR definitely delivered on the revenge front.
For those of you that don't know, Vengeance Road is written in dialect. I knew that going in and I'd read excerpts and such, but I was still nervous. I never managed to finish Blood Red Road because it was written in this manner (though it was a little more extreme in Blood Red Road). People said I would get used to it, and I suppose I did, but half the time I was converting it to the language we speak without even thinking about it.