Where do I begin? There’s a fine line between humans and monsters. The definition of evil and its manifestations—undeniably—helps us gauge the nature of a person. It’s highly unlikely for the world to not encounter evil in its many forms, at least once in a lifetime. The cruelty that men are capable of gives others something to look upon and learn from. Not to repeat, but to avoid. If evil is something you tag upon an action, a saying, a thing or a person, does that mean that some of these very things cannot be tagged good? Ever? It’s when we start questioning these things that we start believing that even the evilest of things can also be good.
This Savage Song explores monsters like no other novel. This is a story built in a world where a major event created a massive separation between two big families, the Flynns and the Harkers. As they’re on the brink of war against one another, monsters roam the streets and safety is perceived as a luxury. Unique in their nature, three types of creatures live among the humans and only fear and survival drives society. Victoria Schwab brings young readers the story of Kate Harker and August Flynn. One that seeks to be ruthless, while the other wants to be human. This Savage song will bring together two individuals that are nothing short of opposite only to see that they were made to cross paths.
The premise behind this novel is gold. It’s something that is definitely worth exploring in the form of a young adult novel. Thank God that Victoria Schwab took upon such a beautiful idea and succeeded in creative a thoughtful novel. In short, This Savage Song explores monstrous humans and humane monsters. The first thing that came to my mind is the idea behind Superman and Lex Luthor. As Superman is an alien trying to fit in with humans by being the most perfect human possible, we also have Lex Luthor, a human that portrays the other side of the spectrum, the most evil of human beings. Victoria Schwab’s writing does an impeccable job at illustrating this with her two main characters, August Flynn and Kate Harker. These characters have been meticulously constructed and managed to bring two different perspectives to clash together and create a conflict-filled storyline.
Inevitably, the story takes some time to set its feet on the ground and get things going. This gives room for the author to build her characters, give them motives and history. This also helps build a unique universe and gives us all the information we need to understand where everyone is coming from. What’s even more appealing is its unique use of music. The importance of it and how it impacts individuals is unquestionable and clearly present. It manages to describe beauty and violence at the same time. The writing itself accentuates the musical touch of this novel with dazzling vocabulary and sentences. There are multiple moments where you’ll feel the lyrical prose of the author and have you craving for more every chapter. What I simply adored as the beauty of the violence that the author managed to extract through her writing. Speaking of which, Victoria Schwab does not tone down the violence in this young adult novel. In fact, she makes sure to use it in the right dose (actually, not that often) in order to create the right effect.
This is the first novel of Victoria Schwab (a.k.a. V.E. Schwab) that I’ve read, and I’m already sold. Her talent is real and her adult novels are among my top priorities now. This Savage Song is an excellent novel about family and humanity. It incorporates ideas in a beautiful fashion and is embellished with an unbelievable writing. Mesmerizing, addictive and highly introspective, this novel deserves to be checked out. The book does have a brilliant ending, the right plot twist for the way the story was going. It wasn’t anything absolutely mind-blowing, but it was, without doubt, well executed. If a dark, gloomy and thrilling novel is what you’re looking for in the young adult category, look no further. This is worth checking out, believe me. It will show you what danger is all about. It will show you that there’s just no such thing as safe.
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