I didn’t even know that VE Schwab wrote under another name! I was slightly hesitant to try this book out initially since it is a little different to what I’m used to…dystopia isn’t my usual cup of tea. And in fact during the first quarter of the book, I wasn’t very hopeful. But I was still interested in learning more about this strange world. The writing had me wanting to read more and well I can’t lie, the story line was captivating. So I continued to read and then BAM I ended up loving it.
So let’s get back to this whole genre business. Those who know my reading tastes, and if you happen to follow what I read, you know there is romance in everything. It’s what piques my interest in a book. This book is not a romance at all. Nada ounce of love. I don’t know if that’s because it was so short (it felt like that to me anyway, maybe the books I usually read are really long) and there was no time to write about romance but it just wasn’t there. And weirdly that didn’t bother me at all. I saw the spark between the main characters, August and Kate, but I’m not entirely sure if it was meant to be romantic. Yes, they kept each other grounded through a lot and they seemed to care about each other but it wasn’t romantic love. It was more of a bond you develop when you meet someone in unexpected circumstances and find yourself trying to survive and support each other. So yes it was very much Romeo and Juliet (as I’ve read in some places and since their families were arch rivals) but there was no romance in the story between them.
“I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”
He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”
“Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”
And despite everything, August smiled.
This story is about monsters instead. Yes actual monsters – there are the Malchai, the Corsai and the Sunai. The final one being the rarest of all but also the deadliest. The author made this all come to life in gruesome ways which were rather enjoyable to read about. She gave life to a world in which monsters were formed when a human committed an unforgivable crime, the evil gaining a life force of its own.
I don’t really want to talk about the storyline much since it’s fun to discover it on its own. And by giving away the slightest I’d be in danger of ruining the whole experience, so I will refrain from that. Just know that the author bought to life a fantastic, gruesome world with a gripping storyline that leaves you wanting more. So yes, I will be diving straight into book two.