I was feeling down a few weeks back and decided to cheer myself up with an Owl Crate subscription. For all you muggles out there, Owl Crate is a book subscription box that sends a selection of curated goodies for lovers of YA novels. I may be in my mid-thirties but if I’m honest, YA fantasy is my ultimate guilty pleasure. Anyway, fast forward to last week and I received my first box. In it came a book by an author I’d never heard of, which made me excited and nervous in equal measure. However, I dove in head first and I am so glad I did. I finished This Savage Song in a day and a half and one of my few complaints is that I now how to wait till next year for the sequel! #bookwormproblems.
This Savage Song, is an urban fantasy take on Romeo and Juliet, sans the romance. The plot centers around V-City, a dystopian society ravaged by monsters created from human violence. The idea that violent acts of hate could produce living monsters is one I fell instantly for. An auspicious plot for the times we are living in, the story delves into our baser instincts and what can grow out of the aftermath. The story focuses on Kate Harker and August Flynn, heir apparents to a city divided. Coming from opposite factions the two teens form a friendship and broaden their perceptions on right and wrong.
Kate is the daughter of the town’s crime boss, who rules the north side of the city, forcing residents to pay for their safety. She is a human who aspires to be ruthless and invincible, in order to win her father’s approval. August on the other hand is a monster, who was born out of a mass killing and adopted by the leaders of resistance that governs the south side. August, unlike Kate longs to be human. Together they learn how to embrace both sides of their personalities, the light and the dark, to find an ultimate balance.
“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
A well-defined story arc and solid character development are its saving graces, despite its trite theme. If you are looking for an original plot or exceptional prose, this is not the book for you. However, if you are searching for a page turner with just the right amount of spine tingles then This Savage Song is your book. Pick this up for an easy read, perfect for traveling and long days at the beach. After all what better way to beat the heat than devouring a tale about flesh-eating monsters?