This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab (Monsters of Verity, #1)
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 Thoughts (may contain mild spoilers)
It’s a beautiful world…..NOT! Oh, the world building is superb, except the world is not meant to be beautiful but monstrous. In a world where violent acts literally give birth to monsters, these two stand on the brink of revelations that will shatter their already ruined world. Revelations about their families and about themselves. August Flynn understands his potential, and fears it. He’s a monster who holds on tightly to who he is, who he wants to be…human. Kate Harker is a human who tries her best to imitate monsters, and become them.
People often think about the contrast between who they are and who the want to be. But for Kate its about who she wants to be and who she wants to be. She wants to prove to her father that she can be as much of a monster as he is and yet…
“She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives.
Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters.”
You know the name August reminds me of August Rush, the story of a musical prodigy. Powerful coincidence, right? August wants to be human and in some ways he is more humane than people but you can’t go against your nature.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
The characters are woven intricately. Even the side characters are carefully put together in a way that makes you wish for a look into their minds. You fall in love with their feelings, their thoughts, their words. You get glimpses of decency in people just when you’re almost completely disillusioned and yet you realize that the worst acts are done by the most righteous of people.
There is one word for this book, it Resonates. Or is that two words?