I received This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab in my 2016 July OwlCrate subscription box, along with a few other fun items (I should really start posting my book subscription box reviews!) Personally, I really enjoyed the title, and even really liked the cover. The back of my book had the lyrics to the rhyme about the monsters within the story.

Really, I had no idea what to expect from this book. I just sort-of jumped into it without expectation (and maybe to help avoid a reading slump after reading Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. Maybe).

This Savage Song is a dystopian novel, which isn’t really my favorite genre even though I seem to read a lot of it lately. Set in a futuristic US Midwest, the two main characters Kate Harker and August Flynn are on opposing sides of the separated city of Verity.


Goodreads summary of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from 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 home at stake. The first of two books.

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, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


My Review of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab:


In the dystopian sense, This Savage Song is slightly cookie-cutter. With the division of the United States, readers are reminded of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. However, I think the idea that “violence breeds violence” takes on a physical manifestation is very interesting. This was highly original from what I have seen in fantasy. Though of course, I am no expert.


Kate Harker as a female lead was pretty refreshing. She has her vices (smoking, violence, etc.), and she doesn’t care so much about doing what’s “right”. Kate cares more about impressing her violent mob-boss father. August Flynn, personality-wise, is the typical good-guy who wants to help people and shies away from unnecessary violence. He’s trusting and sweet.


In the end, I don’t have much to say about This Savage Song other than I thought it was good. I am curious to know more about what Kate and August choose to do after this first story ends. This book was good, but it did not stick with me well after I read it.

I give This Savage Song 3.5/5 stars.

3.5 stars

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