This was my first Schwab book (I know wtf Kirsty) and it did not disappoint.
Verity is a city where monsters are real, if you want protection from these monsters you have to pay Harker to keep an eye on you. Harker’s daughter Kate is returning to the city after being kicked out from yet another school. August is sent to spy on her in her new school but after an attempt is made on Kate’s life a whole system of corruption is discovered by the pair and they must run to protect themselves.
The world is so beautifully constructed in this book I felt like I really could imagine everything perfectly. It’s made me so much more excited to read more of Schwab’s work.
Monsters in this world are the products of sinful/bad actions by humans. This is probably one of the most interesting concepts I have ever read, and the type of characters that it has bred. I think it’s a bit of a spoiler but August is born after a truly horrible event and as a character he truly bears the brunt of that. He feels guilty for even existing and is unlike the majority of monsters does not want to ever use his powers. I just adored August to be honest. He was a little bean that I just wanted to tuck into bed.
I loved Kate and August and the absolute polar opposites they are that were kind of forced to work together. Whilst August was a big softie, Kate has a huge attitude. Her father is basically the big thug of the city and Kate is trying to live up to that, which was a bit cliche but hey ho. I loved that they weren’t romantically linked. There doesn’t always have to be romance in YA!
It was a little slow to begin with but the amount of world building involved made this necessary and once I really got into it I couldn’t put it down.
I’m excited to read the conclusion of this series, however I have heard it’s heartbreaking so I’m a bit worried.