City of Savages

City of Savages

Book - 2015
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It's been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. Hungry for the truth, two sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin's guards. Now they're outlaws. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city's Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom's old journal, into the island's dark and shocking past. "City of Savages" is Lee Kelly's first novel.
Publisher: London, England ;, Toronto, Ontario :, Saga Press,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481410304
Characteristics: 410 pages ;,22 cm.


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Oct 16, 2018

***Possible spoilers you’ve been warned***

This book was pretty good for a dystopia. The background story on how it came to be was interesting and set it apart from other stories of this genre where most of the time it’s vague and no one remembers a thing because it was that many years later. So this was nice to read about. The plot alternates between Sky and Phee, but also some parts here and there from present to the past. I prefer reading about Phee because she’s the all around tough girl who can hold her own whereas Sky is more on the romantic idealistic side of things.

The flow of the story is good with stops here and there for character development and plot hooks. It’s engaging and interesting for a good part of the book until you read a little more than half of the novel. This is where the eye rolling instances come on. You knew the love triangle was going to happen. It got pretty nauseating and petty (but then again, Ryder was practically the only guy these two girls have met that they actually liked) and it severely hampered the plot. I didn’t care for this too much as it brought the plot to a complete halt and made reading it not as enjoyable. I begged for something better to come along.

To be fair, it got more interesting towards the final story arc, where you find out more truths about Sky and Phee’s family, and what happened in the past. Everything came to a nice close towards the end. The cheesy romance was still there and induced more eye rolls, but it was toned down for the latter part of the book.

Character wise, Phee would have to be the most interesting as she’s more aggressive of the two sisters and of a more stronger personality. She wasn’t a good match for Ryder anyway as they were just two very different people and completely incompatible but you kinda wish she found someone who’s just as tough as she is.

The romance nearly killed the book for me in this one. I’m glad I went through it as it proved to pick up the pace and went back on track. It’s a hidden gem and if you can get past the obvious, you’ll find a good dystopian story worth reading.

OPL_AmyW Apr 25, 2018

A promising debut novel by Lee Kelly - two sisters develop a new understanding of their world and their family in this near-future dystopian tale. The dual narrative may be confusing to readers at first, as the voices of the sisters seem very similar, but it leads to a worthwhile ending.

Aug 29, 2016

I liked the way the story slowly folded open presenting a wicked past. Although it annoyed me for the girls to be so immature even in this serious of situations. I understand they were sort of sheltered in a way, but it just seems like their emotions get way out of control for them being in life threatening circumstances.

May 09, 2016

Not simply an after the apocalypse novel, this story of a mother and 2 daughters continues to expand when the girls find their mother's diary.

"City of Savages" gradually moves from the accepted present day to a new reality of "now".

bandblair May 13, 2015

I really enjoyed the 2 different perspectives. I found the action was well-written and the ending was satisfying.

Feb 18, 2015

Wow! I can't remember the last time I read an entire book in less than 24 hours! What a great debut! There is so much awesomeness in this book yet I almost didn't read it. I checked it out but this book sat around for a week or so until I finally decided to give it a try instead of returning it early. There are some books you come across and get sucked in quickly. This is one of those. This was a perfect post-apocalyptic book. Don't let the sci-fi label scare you. It doesn't have to do with aliens or plagues, it was "real life" future. This book is raw, gritty, intense, and suspenseful. Told from the point of view of two teenage sisters, it will lead you through a journey you didn't even know you wanted to take. The author's writing quality of writing was flawless. Set in a perfect city for this wonderful plot with a cast of characters that are vivid and wonderfully brought to life by the author's writing. With as many books as I read, a lot of times authors' writing starts to seem all the same, but Lee Kelly's writing stole my booknerd heart. I look forward reading more from her.


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May 09, 2016

"Crumpled papers and folders jump in surprise, then fall to the tabletop in surrender."

"You seek the truth, and meaning, Skyler, never think that's a bad thing."

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