“This Savage Song” is a captivating young adult fantasy novel written by renowned author Victoria Schwab. Published in 2016, the book marks the beginning of the “Monsters of Verity” duology, offering readers a dark and intriguing exploration of a world plagued by the consequences of human actions. Schwab masterfully crafts a narrative that blends elements of fantasy, dystopia, and coming-of-age themes, resulting in a thought-provoking and thrilling reading experience.
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Set in the fictional city of Verity, where violence and crime have given birth to actual monsters, “This Savage Song” follows the lives of two protagonists: Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate is the daughter of a ruthless crime lord who profits from the monsters’ presence, while August is a monster himself, but one who seeks to defy his nature and live a more human life.
As tensions escalate between the two factions—humans and monsters—the lines between good and evil blur. Kate and August find themselves thrown together despite their differences, forming an unlikely alliance to confront the very monsters that threaten their world. Their journey challenges their beliefs, tests their resolve, and forces them to confront the darkness within themselves.
Critics and readers alike have praised “This Savage Song” for its gripping narrative, well-developed characters, and unique premise. The book’s exploration of morality, identity, and the consequences of violence resonates deeply with readers, making it a thought-provoking addition to the YA fantasy genre.
“This Savage Song is a dark and mesmerizing tale that grips you from start to finish. Schwab’s world-building is exceptional, and her characters are both compelling and relatable.” – Fantasy Book Review
“Victoria Schwab has crafted a story that delves into the complexities of human nature and the blurred lines between heroes and villains. A must-read for fans of dark fantasy.” – YA Book Central
“Monsters, monsters, big and small, they’re gonna come and eat you all.” – Victoria Schwab, “This Savage Song”
“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 debris, isn’t just death. There’s something left behind. A change.” – Victoria Schwab, “This Savage Song”
“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.” – Victoria Schwab, “This Savage Song”
Q : Is “This Savage Song” appropriate for younger readers?
A : The book deals with mature themes and contains instances of violence, making it more suitable for older teens and young adults.
Q : Is “This Savage Song” a standalone novel?
A : No, it is the first book in the “Monsters of Verity” duology. The story continues in the sequel, “Our Dark Duet.”
Q : How does the book explore the concept of monsters?
A : In “This Savage Song,” monsters are born from acts of violence, presenting a unique metaphor for the darkness within human nature and the consequences of our actions.
Q : Is there a romantic element in the story?
A : While the primary focus is on the characters’ personal growth and their alliance, there are subtle romantic undertones that develop as the narrative unfolds.
Q : What sets “This Savage Song” apart from other YA fantasy novels?
A : The book stands out for its emphasis on the internal struggles of the characters, the exploration of moral ambiguity, and the absence of a traditional hero-villain dynamic.
In “This Savage Song,” Victoria Schwab has crafted a world that challenges readers to question their perceptions of morality, monsters, and humanity. With its rich character development and gripping storyline, the novel invites us to contemplate the darkness that resides within us all and the choices we make in the face of adversity. This is a tale that leaves an indelible mark, lingering in the mind long after the final page has been turned.