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"If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it."


For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood's abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Brooke Banks From Glori's POV, the fee's camp does include trans and intersex people. It's mentioned in text, with her thinking about Twofer. All the characters ap…moreFrom Glori's POV, the fee's camp does include trans and intersex people. It's mentioned in text, with her thinking about Twofer. All the characters appear to be cis. It doesn't specifically mention genderqueer or nonbinary though. They aren't traditionally feminine and appear accepting in this camp though so I don't think they'd have an issue with either.

From what we see of the Beast City, I don't think they'd be trans*man/masculine friendly or open to genderqueer, or nonbinary either. Hardly surprising with the toxic masculinity.

I don't remember any gender neutral pronouns until the very end where it was a new and deliberate thing. (less)
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Paige Green
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher but I also bought my own copy early thanks to @decaturbookfest. Thanks! All options are my own!

Author: Corrie Wang

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence and slight gore, some romance)

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Freeform

Synopsis: "If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it."


For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of
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Timothy Pitkin
The ideas were ok but I just feel the world building was not there and also the story did feel a little convoluted some of the times. But I liked the ideas and the setting could have been great but it just needed more world building and better character development in my opinion.
Kriti
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had hardly read it until I was super bored with the book. I kept trying to make it interesting, but no.
Elisquared
The future is fee.

This book is as timely as they come. A dystopian set after a horrific nuclear disaster, where global warming has made the oceans rise that most Americans fled to the north, and where males and females live divided as enemies. I don't know how far off this book will be if nothing changes in our world currently, not to start out too heavy here.

But the realism is what makes this such a page-turner. Oh, that and the characters, the setting, the dialogue...oh the whole book! I abso
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Stephanie Ward
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
'City of Beasts' is a eerily realistic dystopian novel that gives the reader more than just the plot to think about. The author did an amazing job creating the world that Glori lives in. The crazy part is that it all seems plausible - WWIII, nuclear bombs going off, almost everyone dying from radiation from the bombs, etc. We are taken to what used to be Buffalo, where Glori and the rest of her fee (female) family and friends live on one side of a river. On the opposite side, beasts (men) roam a ...more
Brooke Banks
I received this book for free from Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review."Hey, Twofer, who loves you even more than she loves cornbread with berries?" - opening sentence of City of Beasts by Corrie Wang.

Glori does. Glori will do anything to get it back, even going into the City of Beasts. YA, dystopian, gender seperated
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Olivia
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yabc-reviews
CITY OF BEASTS is the must-read dystopian of the fall. Highly recommend for fans of THE DIVERGENT, DARKEST MINDS, and/or HANDMAID'S TALE. An all new story takes us to the aftermath of WWIII in Buffalo, where men ("beasts") and women ("fees") have separated for seventeen years. Fees live on an island where they train in science and fighting techniques- and are often under attack by the beasts, but are able to fight them off.

Glori grew up after the separation, and this world has been all she knows
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Jessi Leigh
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're into post-apocolyptic distopian future novels, this is a must-read. Wang has wonderfully tied together a realistic possible future...complete with realistic science, projected cultural adaptations, and kid-frendly (and sure-to-be-parent-approved) romance. Also added in with no-nonsense flair are activism issues of our present-day, including: sexism, racism, the mother wound, and LGBTQ+ issues with an overall emphasis on loving inclusion. This is a must-read because, yes, we should try ...more
Katherine Paschal
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When Glori's mom was returned, they didn't tell anyone that she gave birth to a beast. But regardless of what Two Five is, Glori loves it. When Two Five gets taken, Glori and her best friend Su will brave the divide and enter the Beast's land to try and retrieve her baby brother.

City of beasts is so very unlike any dystopian book I have ever read before. It was interesting, while at the same time being so incredib
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Juliet
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book knocked 40 points off my IQ 💀
Don’t waste your time.
Holly
City of Beasts is one of those books that I wanted to read the second I finished with the synopsis. A near-future post-apocalypse world where women are fees, men are beasts, and never the twain shall meet? Um, yes, please!! Well, I am so glad the synopsis hooked me, because I loved this book so much! I seriously want to sit down and re-read it now that I’m writing this review, because it’s just that good (and also I read a PDF copy where I couldn’t highlight anything and now my page-flag-adoring ...more
Ashley Collins
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cv19, edelweiss
I think this is the kind of book you really need to do some thinking on, which is why it's a 4-star read for me.

City of Beasts is a really fascinating book. The story follows Glori, one girl in a women-only community in a world that, post-nuclear fallout, has lead to a city that to the division of men and women - the "beasts" and the "fees." But Glori's mother gave birth to a beast, who has been raised with the fees. When the beast is taken by other beasts, Glori sets out to find her brother and
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Christine
Once you get started reading this book, after the first couple of chapters, you will not want to put it down. To begin with you are thrown right into a world where the language resembles English, though the use of other languages is openly discussed, and left to flounder until you are able to infer what the unusual words mean. This is very much a dystopian novel where men and women, or beasts and fee, are separated. Since I live in Western New York it is amusing that the main city is Buffalo whe ...more
Taylor Li
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book from BEA, and I just couldn't put it down!

City of Beasts tells the story of Glori, a girl who has grown up in the planet crashed future of Buffalo, NY where women (fees) have decided to live separate from men (aka the beasts). Due to shady family history, a boy is born into her family and she and her co-habitators raise him in secret. When the beasts find out, they steal her brother and murder lots of fees to boot. While her community is i
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Lenoire
Seventeen years ago, the fees separated themselves from the beasts. The divisions of the genders have allowed them to keep the world peaceful.  Glori Rhodes is like most fees her age. She likes her neighborhood, can bench press her body weight and knows twenty-seven beast counterattack moves. Like many other fees, she never questioned why the genders are separated or the laws that govern them. However, when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori can't help but grow attached to th ...more
Jessica
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic dystopian novel! City of Beasts is about a not so far away post apocalyptic Earth. Taking place in Buffalo, NY the city has divided itself- men(beasts) on one side of the river, and women(fees) on the other side. Growing up this has been all that Glori has known. Until her mother gives birth to a Fee and she begins to wonder what's so wrong with them after all. When her brother is taken in a raid from the beasts, Glori and her bff, Su decide to go to the where the Beasts live an ...more
Britany Pond
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was a really good idea, but Holy crap does it go on forever. I didn't finish this book because it just went on and on. I feel like it just kept harping on the fact that society now is so different from the past. The main character is pretty cool, though. The characters are fleshed out really well. The book constantly shows the women as more civilized and mature, and the men as animal and insensitive. I didn't feel like it was that realistic since most humans have a moral compass--men a ...more
Laura
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
City of Beasts is an extraordinary read. The author jumps right into the future, leaving the reader to wonder about this new (and dark) world. It is gradually revealed and with surprising turns, clever characters and pithy dialog, the reader can’t help but smile. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Wang had me musing over names and words and what they might mean beyond the obvious. She also had me looking things up to know more about this fascinating world she created. All I can say is: read ...more
Paula
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I know the author. :) That being said, I would never falsely inflate a book review. This is a great YA read, especially if you're into post-apocalyptic dystopian stuff. Very cool concept. The main characters are well developed & the plot is fast-paced & exciting. Being from Buffalo, I LOVED the references to local landmarks. ...more
Jami Birney
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was a slow start for me. I put it down and picked it back up several times. It didn't start getting interesting until about 3/4 the way thru. I overall like the whole girl power thing portrayed throughout the story. It was unlike any post-apocalyptic story I have ever read.
Kirsten
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
If you got into Dark Angel in 2000, you may also get into this - it's not the same but there are parallels. There are some issues (possibly simply editing issues) but overall, I enjoyed this more than I probably should have!
Jenn Ergott
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an excellent foray into speculative fiction and gender roles! Comma was absolutely my favorite character, and though the plot did feel like it dragged on a bit (and got very confusing by the end), I ultimately enjoyed it!
Moshe
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two chief complaints:
* Supporting characters seem to only take action in the context of the main character - it made me think of first-person shooter games where if you go out of sight of an enemy, they resume pacing back and forth.
* Ending was weak.
Nico Pop
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
The only reason I'm giving this two stars is because the plot should be good. However, the writing is unclear and I had no clue what was going on. It was unclear what was happening. Would not recommend this book.
Z
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much better than I expected from the synopsis, and surprisingly nuanced at times. Definitely read this if you’re into post-apocalypse novels.

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Ben E
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book could have had a better topic area, very well written, however. overall a pretty good book.
Elise
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
THIS IS BASED OFF AN ARC-COPY.
It was poignant and hilarious and I loved it. The ending cramped the style a little bit, however.
Kerri
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good post-apocalyptic YA book
Elizabeth
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from Edelweiss+

City of Beasts features a dystopian landscape in which females (fees) and males (beasts) live separately and the fees have to guard diligently in order to keep it that way.

Glori has only ever known life to be this way. The only disruption to this separation takes the shape of Glori's little brother, who her mother gave birth to five years ago after returning home following a brief absence. When her brother is snatched in a raid by the beasts, Glori takes it upon herself to re
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Alicia
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At the start of this book I was there going Aah, I don't think I'm gonna like this one. Lots of names popping in without any context, and I had no idea who was talking or what the point was.
But I kept reading (because all books deserve a decent chance) and I very quickly got hooked. This was an amazing dystopian that played out the ultimate battle of the sexes.
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Corrie Wang owns and operates Jackrabbit Filly, a friendly neighborhood restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. She is passionate about libraries, recycling, and eating all the food everywhere. Her debut novel, The Takedown, received much love from the New York Public Library and YALSA.

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