This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
Published by: Greenwillow Books on July 5, 2016
Review Source: Personal Copy
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Plot: Verity City is riddled with monsters who spawn from acts of evil. When the children of the two political rulers are thrown together, their lives and the city are plunged into turmoil.
Review: This book has so much to love. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Verity City. Schwab has this way of creating a setting that is simultaneously innovative and plausible. Verity City is much like any metropolitan area, with bustling boroughs and ample public transportation. You can see yourself in this city. It’s just a city you don’t want to be in after dark. The city is split into two zones, one ruled by the Flynns, who seek peace and balance, and the other by Callum Harker, who rules by extortion and fear. The city is divided over how to deal with the manifestation of monsters that spawn from acts of crime and violence. The city’s unrest mirrors many of the social and economic issues we see today, making this book a perfect conversation starter for tackling topics such as racism, economic inequality, and civil unrest. I want to also point out that she doesn’t bog down the story with her worldbuilding either, making this one a seamless read.
- Monsters are rad. Speaking of monsters, Verity City has three classes of monsters, and I love them all. From weakest to toughest: Corsai (flesh eating vampires), Malchai (blood drinking day walkers), and Sunai (reaper of souls). These guys are creepy and awesome.
- Kate. I want to take a moment to thank Schwab for writing a female lead who is a) not whiney, b) can take care of herself, and c) doesn’t fall all over herself when someone cute comes around. We need more Kates.
- August. Where Kate is cold and intense, August is thoughtful and introspective. He’s the perfect counterbalance. The duel narratives work perfectly together.
- A sequel is coming. I’m so ready.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Fans of Schwab’s previous works, or those who dig dystopias with strong characters and fantastic worldbuilding will gobble this one up.