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This Savage Song

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This Savage Song

THIS SAVAGE SONG comes from renowned author of young adult and adult fiction, Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. Like Schwab’s previous books, THIS SAVAGE SONG is a fast-paced story with compelling characters and a unique setting that is definitely worth the read.

Kate Harker is the daughter of V-City’s leader. She's been kicked out of more boarding schools than she can count, all with one goal: to come back home to the city and prove to her father that she has what it takes to lead. The city is overrun by monsters, the Malchai, Corsai and Sunai, all of whom come into existence due to horrible, violent crimes. Kate believes she knows how to deal with both these physical monsters and the demons that have haunted her since her mother’s death.

“THIS SAVAGE SONG is a brilliant, elegant read that will make you reevaluate the definition of the word ‘monster.’”

August Flynn is a monster who wants to be human. He and his siblings, the only three Sunai, are the rarest of all: monsters who feed on human souls. August has been waiting for as long as he can remember to do something to help his adoptive father in the fight against Harker and his Malchai. He finally gets his opportunity when he's asked to go undercover at Kate Harker’s new school in an attempt to learn Harker’s weakness.

They have more in common than either of them can imagine. And soon, circumstances will bring them together in ways no one could have predicted.

I'm always amazed with Schwab's world building, and THIS SAVAGE SONG is no exception. V-City is a dark and twisted setting that is infinitely fascinating. Schwab paints a vivid picture of a city teetering on the edge of apocalypse. Monsters roam the streets, but it's also a place with modern amenities such as cell phones and public transportation. This mixture of new and familiar makes for an utterly unique city that is the perfect stage for soul-eating monsters and young leaders.

Equally stunning are Schwab's characters. My favorite was August Finch. I loved that he was always trying to rise above not only others’ expectations but also his own nature. August is one of the most unique characters I've read in a while, and he made me love this book even more.

Kate Harker is more of a stereotype. She's a bad girl who purposely causes trouble to hide her problematic relationship with her father. However, I really liked how she developed along the way. Kate lets go of a lot of her prejudices and ill-founded loyalties as the story goes on, and I found this flexibility to be endearing and special.

Despite what it may seem, there is no romance in THIS SAVAGE SONG. Usually, I'm a huge fan of romance, but I actually found this to be a very nice deviation from the norm. Without a romance between Kate and August, it was easier to focus on the politics and life-or-death situations that arose in V-City. Of course, if a romance happens to blossom in the next installment, I wouldn't be disappointed, but I really enjoyed this change of pace.

The book is kind of confusing at the beginning, but once you get into it, it's quick-moving and easy to follow. I would recommend THIS SAVAGE SONG to dystopian fans, or anyone looking for something different. Fans of dark fantasy will love this one. THIS SAVAGE SONG is a brilliant, elegant read that will make you reevaluate the definition of the word “monster.”

Reviewed by Maggie D., Teen Board Member on July 6, 2016

This Savage Song
(Monsters of Verity #1)
by Victoria Schwab