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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victoria Schwab Narrator: Thérèse Plummer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Monsters of Verity Series Release Date:
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In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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 homes at stake.

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war; a city overrun with monsters.

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, who uses his power to protect the innocent. Thrown together by a crumbling truce and a failed assassination attempt, Kate and August must flee to save themselves.

In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates her own dark metropolis, worthy of being compared to Gotham. But it’s not superheroes who will save this city—it’s two teenagers. This Savage Song begins a two-book saga about finding where we belong, and becoming who we are meant to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Schwab walks a knife’s edge, letting no one off the hook; everyone in Verity is a monster. There are no wasted words here, and the end result is a darkly precise narrative that feels like a shiver down the spine, complete with an eerie children’s song (“Monsters, monsters, big and small / They’re gonna come and eat you all”). First in a planned duo, this taut creation about the nature of humanity lingers long after its disquieting finale.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Schwab has built a strange, captivating alternate America filled with offbeat, fascinating characters…Readers looking for a dangerous and engrossing new world to fall into will find it with this fast-paced, frightening read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This first installment in a planned two-book saga can be described as a postapocalyptic urban fantasy with a Romeo and Juliet theme. The plot unfolds very quickly, with more twists and turns than an average thriller…Kate and August both undergo an impressive amount of character development, and fans will like them despite their flaws.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Schwab explores the natures of justice and humanity in an assuredly built world with compelling settings and an intriguing music-based magic. And in August and his Sunai siblings, she introduces a type of monster both sympathetic and terrifying. A cliffhanger ending promises a sequel.”

    Horn Book

  • “Schwab’s latest seems poised to grab both her adult and teen readers; the world is fascinating…the characters complicated, and the political machinations and emotional depths both charged and compelling…Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 by NMP | 8/31/2016

    " The Main Characters August and Kate may come from enemy families but they are no romeo & juliet. For one thing, no love at first sight here. If you like slow development of friendship, then this is the book for you. It won't take you long to see that August & Kate do not wear their hearts on their sleeves. So it makes sense that any relationship involving them would develop slowly. As for the setting, I understand that a lot of readers might be tired of dystopias. But I think a lot would be delighted to learn that it came about from the literal creation of monsters caused by lethal use of violence. And depending on the degree (from brutal beatings to murder to genocide), different types of monsters come into being. I really like this idea. I would recommend this for teens and young adults. Kate and August's interactions are my main draw to this title. And given how their characters and worldview develops throughout this book, I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. My only complaint is that I find the plot twists to be predictable. So it might put off some prolific readers who have read similar reveals. "

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