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Series: Monsters of Verity Vol. 2   

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Annotation: When a new monster, who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim's inner demon, emerges from the shadows, Kate finds herself lured home to face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
Catalog Number: #146537
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: ii, 510 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-238088-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-98830-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-238088-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98830-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017938028
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Subject Heading:
Good and evil. Fiction.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
In a world where monstrous acts beget actual monsters, what is humanity? Picking up six months after This Savage Song (2016), this duology conclusion opens with Kate (human, white, deaf in one ear) and August (not human, fair-skinned) separated; he's in quarantined, monster-ridden supercity Verity, embracing his purpose, which is to reap those who have committed violence. Meanwhile, Kate has escaped to Prosperity, where she's teamed up with what feels an awful lot like the Scooby Gang of Buffy fame to fight more monsters. The story starts slowly but picks up when Kate returns to Verity on the heels of a monster that breeds violence; the Malchai and Corsai just kill people, and the Sunai reap souls, but the Chaos Eater causes people to turn on one another in acts of unrelenting carnage. Kate joins August and the Flynn Task Force to fight the Chaos Eater and the lead Malchai, and her presence helps August find himself again. The breakneck pacing of the climactic latter half eventually resolves into a poignant ending. Too many peripheral characters—including a nongendered Sunai whose representation is exciting but problematic—and too much time with figurative mustache- (and literal dead-body-) twirling villains detract from what works, although Schwab's style is on point, as always. Happily, the many ardent fans waiting for this volume probably won't mind its snags, they'll just delight in the feels. (Fantasy/horror. 14-adult)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* When we last saw them, monster-hunter Kate Harker had formed a surprising alliance with soulful monster August Flynn. Now August remains in Verity, a city overwhelmed by a triad of monster breeds spawned by human sins. Kate has fled to Prosperity, a neighboring territory where monsters are few enough that most people still pretend they don't exist. But consummate loner Kate has joined forces with a group that hunts them. While Kate has reluctantly softened, August has hardened almost beyond recognition. Now a military leader, he fights against the Malchai, the blood-drinking monsters created by murder, who seek to control the city, and he no longer resists his own Sunai abilities to steal the souls of murderers. When Kate encounters a new kind of monster e who causes humans to act on their most violent impulses and then feeds on the resulting chaos sends her hurtling back to an unwelcoming Verity, and to August. If This Savage Song (2016) was a tense exploration of human nature, this sequel is a reckoning. The price of violence, even for a reason, is high, and Schwab folds questions of identity, morality, and judgment into her stunningly crafted narrative. Things like safety and happiness are unfamiliar concepts in this world, and readers will be hard-pressed to put this action-driven finale down before they reach the bitter end. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This Savage Song was a number-one best-seller, and this second half of the duology delivers.
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Wilson's High School Catalog
Word Count: 89,430
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 14.0 / quiz: 192822 / grade: Upper Grades

A New York Times bestseller

The bestselling sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song.

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.


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