Format: eAudiobook from Overdrive / physical book
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars for both books
Over the past few months, I’ve read quite a bit of Schwab’s writing. Recently, I finished her Shades of Magic series, which I adored. Several of my friends on Goodreads were reading her YA Monsters of Verity duology, so I jumped on the bandwagon. In this post, I discuss both books in a relatively spoiler-free fashion.
On the whole I was… underwhelmed by these books. While there were aspects I really enjoyed, there was quite a bit that just didn’t capture my imagination. I’m realizing more and more that dark dystopia might not be my thing.
A bit about the books: the series takes place in a dystopian America in which the states are split into territories named after virtues. The main action takes place in the city of Verity, where monsters roam at night keeping everyone in terror. Verity is a city split in two, held together by a tenuous agreement that is quickly fraying. The north is lead by Callum Harker, who reigns through fear and uses the monsters to his advantage. The south is held by Henry Flynn, an ex-surgeon who heads the military-like organization, FTF.
The series centers around Kate Harker and August Flynn, the children of these two leaders. Kate is reckless, impulsive, and on a mission to prove her worth to her father. August, quiet and sensitive, just wants to be human. Pushed together by circumstances, they forge a deep friendship.