Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian
My Rating: 5/5
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
**I won this ARC of This Savage Song from Twitter and promise an honest review.**
“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. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.”
Oh. My. Gosh..I just can’t begin to even fathom what I should say right now.
I’ve already admitted a million times over how absolutely in love I am with Victoria’s creations. How her mind creates these unique worlds that go beyond what everyone else has already come up with, is beyond me.
Schwab has created a dystopian world like nothing I have read before. Monsters are created from the sins of the people in a divided city. Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai rise up from violence, murder, and death. Kate’s side of the city lives in denial, paying for safety and the illusion of normalcy. August’s side of the wall is fighting hard to take back the city from the monsters.
Then there are her characters. From any of the books I have read so far, Schwab creates characters that embrace these dark parts of themselves that don’t make you scared of them, but make you love them all the more for their complete and brutal honesty. It sucks you in more than any characters I have come across before, and Kate and August are no different.
Kate is determined to prove herself to her father, even if it means being destructive and violent. August pushes hard against what he was born to be and fights for his humanity, but at the risk of losing everything. They are raw and full of so much passion for what they want to be versus who they actually are.
Where this book lacks in an actual romance to follow, it makes up for with brutality and savagery and adventure. There is no hiding the truth of what becomes of man and monster alike when they are threatened or fighting for their life. There is death, and violence, and fear. It’s a rush and an adventure, something that Schwab does so very well.
I really can’t wait until you can put this book in your hands. It’s just amazing. I am so thankful I got this book early, although it will kill me waiting for the release of the second book! Please pick this up when it comes out.
Will you read This Savage Song?