Posted By: Frank Miceli
Wow! Talk about a way to grab the readers’ attention and introduce a character! “The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”
This story is told through the point of view of the two main characters – Kate Harker and August Flynn. Both are “teenagers”. Both call V-City “home”. However, Kate is human and August is a monster; a Sunai to be specific. Kate desperately wants to be a monster to prove she is her father’s daughter. August would give anything not to be a monster.
A major event dubbed “the Phenomenon” occurred at some point in the past. With it, two events took place – civil war and the creation of monsters. The Malchai will drink your blood. The Corsai will eat your flesh. The Sunai can steal your soul with a song. Sadly this is all that we really learn about the Phenomenon. Seeing as how this is the event that transforms the world into its current state, I would have thought there would be more of a description of the events leading up to it or even the event itself. A flashback as a prelude would have gone a long way to give the reader the foundation that is needed. Rather, the majority of the story takes place in one city which has been divided into two parts after the Phenomenon and six years of civil war.
One interesting item to note is that a romance was not forced between the two main characters. I just cannot fathom the two main characters “hooking up” with each other. To not force this romance made the story better IMO.
It seems as if every chapter ends in a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading until you have finished the book. In the end, friendships will be tested, the term family has more than one meaning and there are things that go bump in the night which you should very much be afraid of.
“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bit and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
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