City of Savages
i expect different things from adult novels than i do from YA novels. that is a statement made for clarity, not apology. to me, it's just common sense to judge a book based on how well it serves its intended audience. it would be silly to dismiss Charlotte's Web on the grounds that "pigs can't talk - this is childish nonsense!!" and when it comes to YA, i am willing to sacrifice background detail and plausibility in favor of solid action sequences, ...more
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There are some books that you discover and just know you're going to love. That happened to me with this book; I fell head-over-heels in love with City of Savages. Everything about it was utter perfection. This book needs to be on your to-read list, so please please please add it to Goodreads!
What instantly drew me in to this book was the ...more
Beautiful cover, great title, interesting blurb.
I started this book optimistic, and was quickly drawn in.
However, as the book went on I began to see similarities between this and a number of other YA books.
The POV are two girls, sisters that I found rather bland. Sky the older is an insecure bookworm, paranoid that she is being overshadowed by her younger sister Phoenix, she frequently gets lost in books. Phoenix or Phee is the daring one. The one that ...more
There are two sides to every story. And maybe there's not always a clear right and wrong, hero and villain. Maybe there's just people.
This is probably one of the best stand-alone book I've ever read! It was beyond my expectation. When I first started reading it, I never ever thought it would left me feeling like this.
I love the fact that this book really put romance just a bit here and there focusing mainly into the story. It kinda connects to me in a certain way that the story is...more
I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one. By the time I finish writing this review, I hope to have my mind made up. This one was well written. ...more
This was really great. I don't do post-apocalyptic/dystopian stuff a lot anymore, but this was pretty refreshing and brutal.
Being really familiar with NYC proved useful...and also made the book a lot more stark and horrifying.
A few twists, some guessable, others not so much (DAMN, THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK was pretty much a giant plot enhancement that I didn't see coming).
The two alternating points of view were handled expertly, with a completely different feel and voice emanating from ...more
With dystopians published recently, there seems to be a trend in that they all have too many action sequences and not nearly enough substance. City of Savages, however, much to my excitement, doesn't fall into this cliche. Rather, instead of focusing on the mindless action scenes, Lee Kelly instead makes the book a psychological character analysis, something that I don't think I've ever seen thoroughly explored in a YA dystopian before.
Twenty years ago, the Red Allies attacked New York and ...more
I loved the slow reveal of Sarah's recollections and how these dusty secrets impacted on the sisters's life-and-death experiences in post-war Manhattan. ...more
I felt like the ...more
Skylar and Phee live with their mom in one of the prisoner of war camps led by the ...more
Was it worth it?
The world as we know is no longer. Instead Sky and Phee and their mother are prisoners of war in NYC, at least until events occur forcing them to question their entire existence. Twists and turns happen in just the right places, the ...more
This story, told from the perspective of two sisters, tells of a New York that has survived after devastation in the Third World War. The young women and their mother, who have worked hard to maintain some freedom in a highly regimented community of survivors, learn that not all in their reduced worldview, or the much greater world outside the confines of Manhattan, is as it ...more
I loved this read! Very dark PA/Dystopian story about 2 sisters trying to make it in post-war destroyed Manhatten with their mother. There's danger and death everywhere, and finding questions to answers results in more questions than answers. The action was incredible, I loved the plot, and the world building was very well done. If you like PA/Dystopian, this is a must read!
The story is told by cleverly weaving the past and present by way of their mothers journal. Although the action is fast paced and intense, this story never loses its heart as you desperately care about what happens to this family. I finished this book in 2 days. A ...more
An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York.
She lives with her husband and son in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she cant help but still call ...more