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.
This book has been hyped up all over Instagram, Goodreads, and Youtube so when I saw it at the library I decided to give it a go. The premise of this book is that once a heinous crime has been committed, a monster will be created. There are three different types of monsters, one that is a classic eat your face off monster, the other is a vampire type, and the last and most rare is one that steals your soul with a song. One of our main characters is the type to steal your soul.
Kate is one of the main characters and when she was introduced I couldn’t stand her. She was stand-offish, rude, crabby, and all together unlikeable. As her story went on the reader is able to collect information on why exactly she puts on this facade but still by the end of the book she just seemed cookie cutter young adult bad ass female to me. Nothing truly stood out in her personality. August, our other main character, is a monster who wants nothing more than to be human. I had better luck with Augusts character which is surprising because normally I don’t particularly enjoy the heroes of the story. August struggles with what he is and how he has to feed to keep his composure and it’s all very basic.
The only thing that stood out for me was the setting. I’d like the future novels to delve into the other cities surrounding Verity. I am interested in seeing the main characters travel and to learn more about what was once the United States. I always find a dystopian setting extremely satisfying so now that we got a small taste of the world I just want more.
As far as plot twists go, there were many of them. I saw most of them coming from a mile away but at the end I was pleasantly surprised. The ending was the only thing that made me want to continue on with the series. It just spiked my curiosity. One thing that was a relief for me is that our main character Kate figured out relatively quickly that August was a monster. I think if she hadn’t been so fast in that realization it really would have drove me insane. For all my fellow young adult readers out there, you know how annoying it is when a main character is clueless or voluntarily blind to obvious clues. (Twilight for example, it was so obvious). Overall I gave this a three star rating because it had me involved enough to make it a quick read but nothing was really spectacular about it. I’d recommend reading it to others if the plot seems interesting to you. I’ll be picking up the next book, Our Dark Duet, when it becomes available at my library. I don’t intend on ever spending my own money on these books but I’m not opposed to the authors other works or future novels.