- Hardcover: 427 pages
- Publisher: HARPER COLLINS USA (5 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062380852
- ISBN-13: 978-0062380852
- ASIN: 0062380850
- Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.7 x 18.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Schwab explores the natures of justice and humanity in an assuredly built world with a 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."--The Horn Book
"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
"The pacing is fast, the narrative enthralling, but it is the depths of the novel - its acuteness of moral imagination and perception - that will stay with you afterward. My highest recommendation."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"Gritty dialogue and realistic scenes of violence will have senior high school students who enjoy The Hunger Games and Divergent series awaiting the next book in this series."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Unique, thrilling, and impossible to predict, This Savage Song is something entirely new, and fans of YA will want to seek out this dark and powerful novel. ...Schwab has written a book with moments of cruelty and bleakness that also includes high adventure and heroic achievements."--Locus
"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
"Kate and August both undergo an impressive amount of character development, and fans will like them despite their flaws. Combined with the nonstop action and the author's immersive writing style, this first purchase is sure to be a hit with older teens and fans of urban fantasy."--School Library Journal
"There are no wasted words here, and the end result is a darkly precise narrative that feels like a shiver down the spine...this taut creation about the nature of humanity lingers long after its disquieting finale."--Booklist (starred review)
From the Back Cover
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.
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This book was an easy read, and I couldn’t put it down. Even when Kate and August weren’t interacting, the differences in the ways they thought and their experiences kept me reading, and I was interested in seeing the tension between the North and South sides of V-City play out.
At first it was a little difficult to like Kate; she was reckless, picked fights, set fires, and got what she wanted because of it. But the more I read about her, the more I liked her. She clearly idolised her father, and the subsequent actions she takes to prove herself to him while growing into herself and accepting her own existence at the same time were great.
August was a sweetheart from the beginning; and his descriptions of his family’s ways of thinking versus his own, and his attempts at acting human were great to see. I have a love/hate relationship with the monster who doesn’t want to be a monster trope (okay, fine, it’s mostly hate), but August was so sweet. He so concerned about screwing up, and his interactions with people outside his family in the beginning are so awkward, but he wants to help and he wants to make friends.
The rivalry between their families could almost make this another story of Romeo and Juliet, but there’s no romance. Their friendship is amazing; their conversations while they’re getting to know each other at school are really fun to read, and both of them circling around each other with their own secrets is great.
I love the monsters in the novel, I would have loved to see more of them than we did. Granted, yes, I know, probably not really much time outside of what was affecting August and Kate, but still. More monsters, please! Although, the underlying threat of them at night and the rhymes that were repeated or referenced through the novel about them were nice too.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t really too much to the plot, and I kind of expected more. The characters, however, definitely made up for it and the ways they developed through the novel were amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel once I get it, I’m so excited to see how they are in it and how they grow from this.
Plus I want to read about my favourites some more. Kate is a queen, and August is too precious, too pure for this world. I just want them to be happy… it’s going to be painful, isn’t it? ('•̥ω•̥｀)
I liked the idea of the 3 different types of monsters and how the city is divided in order to maintain a truce. Kate is a strong and interesting character trying to live up to what she assumes are her father's expectations, while August is just trying to find his place in the world and to be more 'human'.
The book has good pacing, suspense and a nice ending which wraps up some of the story while leaving an overarching storyline to be continued in book 2.
The world building in TSS is interesting. It gives you enough to understand the city of Verity, but doesn't go into much more detail about the surrounding populations and the effect the Phenomenon has had there. Obviously leaving room for the next book, which I very much am looking forward to.
I'd give this a 4.5 if it would let me, but i'm going to bump it up instead of down because of how enjoyable this whole thing was. A few of the plot points were very obvious to anyone who is looking for them, but it still has a few surprises going on to keep you on your toes.