This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Monsters of Verity 01
- Young Adult; Paranormal Fantasy
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives
Read: Jan. 30 – 31 2017
Rating: 5 / 5
I was really surprised at how much I liked this book. From the synopsis and other people’s reviews, I had a feeling I would but I had no idea I would love it this much. It just kind of caught me by surprise, really.
Honestly, I feel like this book deals with super important issues. The ‘monster’ aspect is great because it’s sort of applicable to our own reality (in a metaphorical monsters kind of way). It was basically saying that humans are sometimes the real monsters and that not all monsters do monstrous things. It’s about finding yourself and people’s expectations, and it deals with the pain of life and one of its biggest messages I think is that actions have consequences.
Victoria Schwab is such a wonderful writer. I just felt that every single sentence was just right – especially when it came to the dialogue. I particularly loved these quotes, though my favorite is the little monster song.
He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight. He was made of darkness.
Why did everyone have to ruin the quiet by asking questions? The truth was a disastrous thing.
“It hurts,” he whispered.
“What does?” asked Kate.
“Being. Not being. Giving in. Holding out. No matter what I do, it hurts.”
Kate tipped her head back against the tub. “That’s life, August,” she said. “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
The plot is plausible and pretty interesting. The divided city, the kidnapping, the set up… I liked it. It wasn’t predictable at all and that’s one of the reasons why I like it. It’s sort of futuristic and dystopian/post-apocalyptic but at the same time it felt really modern to me. The power moves, the ruthlessness, people pretending that everything okay and ignoring the monsters… The violence in this world was so horrible that it started creating monsters and it’s really scary in a way, because our reality is increasingly violent by the day/month/year. It makes me think about something that Kate says (also one of my favorite quote):
Violence breeds. Someone pulls a trigger, sets off a bomb, drives a bus full of tourists off a bridge, and what’s left in the wake isn’t just shell casings, wreckage, bodies. There’s something else. Something bad. An aftermath. A recoil. A reaction to all that anger and pain and death.
The characters from this book are so real. I could relate to both August and Kate at times and I think that’s one of the most important things when it comes to building characters. The reader has to feel that connection to the character because ultimately that’s what makes them ‘real’. Everyone can relate to everyone in some small way, in some feeling. Also, Kate and August’s change in behavior, their growth throughout the book is palpable. They went through a series of challenges that affected them, that changed their perspective of things, that changed them.
This book struck a nerve in me (in a good way that is). I’m still not sure how to explain it but it’s become really important to me, somehow and definitely one of my favorites and I strongly believe that everyone should read it!!
P. S. – The sequel to this wonderful book is expected to be released on June 13th of 2017 and it’s title is Our Dark Duet (Goodreads)