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We Are Savages

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
We Are Savages is the story of 12 year old Tris and what she finds when she runs from the responsibility of her household and descends through a rain grate into the child run world of Nowhere. "You go to bed angry or sad enough you can wake up just about anywhere," the Savages tell her. Nowhere is a brick utopia hidden in the sewers; made up of sweets, sports, hammocks, an ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 17th 2012 by Brady and Dustin Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy for an honest review. Original posted:

I received a free copy of this book for a honest review.

We Are Savages brings forth a lot about the struggles of growing up. Tris at the stage in her life where her family believes she is supposed to be grown up and act proper. Tris's mother often mentions how when Tris turns 13 people will be looking at her differently and that 13 is sort of Tris' coming of age. This aspect of her pare
Linda Harley
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I do not say this often, but I absolutely loved this book. I literally read it in two days, and were stealing minutes from all my other responsibilities just so that I could read about Tris and her adventure. Jessie Atkin really captured my imagination and curiosity as she unfolded this tale about Tris who runs away from home. Tris is running because she does not want to grow up and take responsibility for her actions. But before long on her adventure she is faced with the hard fact that in life ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all younger readers
“We Are Savages” by Jessie Atkin is a young adult adventure of a 12 year-old girl who would rather play with her dog and toys than accept the responsibility of growing up. When things come to a head at home, Tris decides to run away with her faithful dog, Mars and mysteriously ‘falls’ into Nowhere, a world where only children exist, getting along surprisingly well with no rules! Along the way, she meets a variety of other children, each with their own place in this ‘society.’ Tris finds more tha ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within first few sentences, twelve-year old Tris Simon becomes a character to cherish and appreciate. In echoes of Huck Finn heading down river, Tris finds a place that is rich and rough, with few rules and fabulous adventures. Each character she encounters is carefully conceived and quickly developed. She rises to challenge after challenge, both physical and emotional, with her friends and rivals Aya, Logan, Declan and others helping her cope with her predicament.

Jessie Atkin offers a compelli
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I'd you have ever watched "The Twilight Zone," you'll see similarities of this book and the episode "The Bewitching Pool." I think this is a great book for people ages 8+ about the importance of accepting responsibility and the inability to escape from your past.
Well worth the money & I have since recommended it back to my friend who told me about it and forward to two new people.
Candice Grizer
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great first novel! This YA book kept me turning the virtual pages at a speedy pace. I was very drawn to the main character, Tris. The world of Nowhere sucked me in and was believable. The decision that Tris made at the end was the right way for the story to end. Great story.... highly recommend.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well done first novel, with compelling, realistic characters. Adolescent issues of right and wrong, responsibility and identity are integrated into a fantasy setting full of action and adventurousness. A great novel to read as either a YA reader, or as someone who cares about that target audience. We Are Savages is the kind of novel that sparks conversational topics that are intrinsic to the challenges faced by kids everywhere.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
We Are Savages is an original and fun read for those of all ages. It hits on the wonder of adventures, imagination and playfulness of childhood... at its best. It is a page turner filled with fun, adventure and some suspense. 4 stars
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story about growing up. :) Highly recommend to ages 10-14, but I think there's a little something in Nowhere for everyone. ;)
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This Peter Pan story is very believable.
I received a free copy of We Are Savages, courtesy of the author, in exchange for an honest review. And I will be honest: I didn't like We Are Savages very much.

To be sure, I have read books that are much, much, much, MUCH worse (*cough cough Fallen *cough cough*). Aside from a few typos, it was well-written. I rather enjoyed the concept of the story; an underground playground that defies the laws of physics? It's the ultimate child's daydream.

I can appreciate that aspect. The story is appropri
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This book would be something to consider for younger teens, even older middle grade readers. Even though our main character Tris goes on an adventure, it's a plot geared solely towards the learning of a lesson and that knowledge coming full circle through the adventure.

A lot of the characters and the world building is not fleshed out. The relationship that Tris has with her parents felt a little off to me. And leads to thoughts that maybe the Phocydes are an interpretation of that relationship.

Monica H at The Readathon
Although many of the characters were developed well, and the book was very unique, I couldn't relate to it at all. I didn't like the lesson it taught that when you find yourself in a difficult position it's ok to just run away and hide instead of learning how to deal with your problems or learning how to overcome obstacles in your life. It basically taught that you don't need to grow up, you just run away to Nowhere and forget all your loved ones and problems by playing games. I didn't feel that ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This definitely a young adult novel, even you get than a typical young adult novel but I loved this story. It is not complex but it is beautiful.
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect Peter Pan-type story for 6 to 10 year olds. Much older than that, and I think boredom would set in.
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Jessie Atkin writes fiction, poetry, essays, and plays. She has previously won the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition, and been featured in Geva Theatre’s Regional Writers Showcase. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The YA Review Network, Writers Resist, Cloudbank, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative writing from American University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Washington U ...more
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