Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
After rescuing her twin brother from the Tonton, Saba experiences disturbing telepathic visions while being hunted by a cunning enemy.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442430006
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 424 p. ; 22 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 08, 2017

After reading “Blood Red Road”, I wasn’t totally convinced to pick up “Rebel Heart”. In the middle of “Blood Red Road”, I got used to the grammar and the plot got more interesting. However, I still didn’t feel any character development and the characters felt fake. I decided to give “Rebel Heart” a chance and I’m quite glad I did. The pacing in “Rebel Heart” is much slower allowing me to take in the information and not just forget what happened a chapter after I’ve read it. It was also more emotional and intense, allowing me to finally connect and feel something from the characters. I find that connecting and feeling the emotions of a character is a huge asset to books because without it, it feels the book is missing something. The character “Saba” was definitely improved. Some things she did didn’t make sense but, I understood her and overall most things she did made sense. In “Rebel Heart”, Moira Young improved her writing and the series took a good turn. I would recommend reading “Rebel Heart”. 3.5/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 17, 2016


This 2nd book of the Dustlands trilogy was epic.. i had to literally force myself to put it down and succeeded about half the time. I enjoyed the beggining because it was from Jack's point of view and shed some different shaded light on everything. I enjoyed the 1st half of the book without getting to intense about it. But when you enter into phase 2 (or as i call it "everything after DeMalo" you are free to play the Taylor Swift song Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together) anyway i could have strangled Saba. Moira Young did such a good job not saying who the perspective who was in italics was. Who else thought it was Tommo? Speaking about Tommo, he and his love for Saba are definitely throwing a wrench in the machine here for Saba, because its pretty much that saying " stuck between a rock and a hard place" I felt bad for her because if she broke it to him that she doesn't love him it could seriously break him, he's already lost so much. Ok, one more thing, who the heck is the guy on the cover?! Lugh or Jack or Tommo?!

cmlibrary_snewsome Dec 22, 2015

Rebel Heart did great at picking up with Saba and her friends were the last book left off. The inner turmoil that Saba feels with the relationships her family and friends only deepens and causes more strife. The introduction of a new antagonist into the mix only serves to deepen the level of strife felt by the group. Action packed from beginning to end.

Sep 02, 2015

Sequel to Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart was definitely not a letdown for me. As Saba, Lugh, Emmi, and Tommo head for the big water after being reunited, it turns out that not all is well. There is a new leader for the Tonton, one who is more polished and fierce and Jack isn’t who he said he was. According to Maev he was the one who led the Tonton into the free-hawks territory, got them killed and let her free with a message for Saba. Saba ends up leaving and following the message to The Lost Cause alone, but soon everyone else follows (Maev, Lugh, Emmi and Tommo) and now she has more lives to take care of. They hijack a cart and the owner, who also seems to be going to The Lost Cause, gives them a ride there without really knowing who his capturers are. The whole book mainly follows their journey and everyone’s relationships with one another and Saba’s with herself. I personally had to force myself to put the book down and not stay up reading all night because of how intimidating it was. The title worked pretty well with the book because Saba does get in a conflict with herself on who Jack really is and she can’t believe he would ever lie to her or do whatever is said that he did. However Saba finds him and she starts believing what everyone said, beating herself over it and there is much more that goes on between them that would support the title’s meaning in the book. Much like the hunger games it was a book about survival and finding who you really are. If you have read and loved the hunger games I’m sure you will love the Dust Land series although it takes time to adjust to the accents. It’s truly a great and thrilling book.

Apr 23, 2014

Not quite as good as the first book in the trilogy but a worthwhile read.

bandblair Mar 27, 2014

Doesn't live up to the first book. I'll see what I think after reading the 3rd.

Dec 17, 2013

This was, by far, one of the best series i have ever read. i devoured "Blood red road" and then demolished "Rebel heart". it was twisted and deceiving and constantly keeping you on your toes. i thought i loved the "Hunger games", but then i read these books and it was as if i had been blind and now could finally see. Moira young has to be my absolute favourite author right now. These books deprive you of sleep, and time and leave you desperately begging for more!

Apr 25, 2013

The Dustland's sequel "Rebel Heart" is just as action packed and then some as Blood Red Road. Saba reunited with Lugh, they kick off with Emmi to the Big Water, but it turns out that things aren't what Saba imagined when she rescued Lugh at all. Jack is not what he seems, or is he? The Tonton have A new way of running things from A new leader. So many different adventures pour through this sequel. Make sure you don't miss out! :) ~Tim

JewelMcLatchy Apr 23, 2013

Great sequel. Think I actually liked it better than the first, which is odd for me, seeing as the first book was very riveting and intense, once you get used to the slightly modified vocabulary. Really looking forward to seeing what happens with the characters in the final book of the trilogy, particularly Lugh and Tommo. We can all guess what's going to happen with Saba and Jack, so I'm more curious about the secondary characters now.

Apr 22, 2013

A good sequel to Blood Red Road. Saba's character changed during this book. Jack wasn't in it very much but I didn't mind that as much as I thought I would. The ending was very intense, I'm curious to see what happens in the next book.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Jun 02, 2014

black_wolf_570 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Apr 25, 2013

djkilocanada thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jan 08, 2013

NicoleHerdman01 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add Notices

Jan 08, 2013

Sexual Content: Some passionate kissing and one short scene where nothing happens but sex is implied.


Add a Quote

JewelMcLatchy Apr 23, 2013

There are some people, she says, not many, who have within them the power to change things. The courage to act in the service of somethin greater than themselves. To change things, I says. Through their actions, she says, they can turn the tide of human affairs.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PDL

To Top