(The Savages #1)
Author: Matt Whyman
Release Date: 3/6/2014
Publisher: Overlook Press
Rating: 5 Birds
They'd love to have you for dinner . . .
Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel - as does their sinister taste in human beings . . .
Darkly delicious and repulsively funny!
Do not let the cartoon cover fool you, THE SAVAGES is a dark, twisted and creepy read. Just what the Young Adult genre needed! Need more than my word on that – check out the utterly amazing ARC label on the cover of the readers copy I received:
Advanced Readers Copy. Not For Sale. You have been warned…
It’s not only perfect for this feel of the cover, with out having read it, it’s positively PERFECT once you read and learn all about little Ivan there…a psychopath in training if I ever met one. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s back up a bit.
Laid out for you in courses, THE SAVAGES will take you deep into the world of cannibalism. Although, they don’t like that word, they don’t survive off of human flesh alone, it’s more of a treat several times a year. So if you want to stay breathing and not end up on their table, instead of at it, you’ll refrain from using the “C-Word”.
The multi-layered character development is a beautiful treat that enhances the moody undertone voice of the novel. Mother Angelica isn’t just a wiz in the kitchen, she’s also a shop-a-holic drowning in credit card debt she’s determined to pay off on her own. Ivan Savage, the middle child isn’t just the friendless prankster, he’s also chomping at the bit to jump feet first into the family tradition. Father Titus isn’t just the stone cold businessman that keeps the family running, but also surprisingly a kind and family oriented father. And teenager Sasha isn’t just the eldest daughter, popular and dating the “It Guy” at school, she’s also venturing into vegetarianism. Only in the Savage family could this be the worst possible thing.
The best part of this macabre tale, is unlike what you might assume, it’s not a blood-fest, but a carefully plotted and spun tale of surviving in the present world with the taste for human flesh as well as all the other ups and downs of day to day life. Filled with dark humor and an unbelievable back story, THE SAVAGES will have you asking for seconds.
*Note – previously this review held a portion discussing the 9+ reading level listed on the ARC. This was a typo, and very much incorrect. The publisher is working to correct the issues as fast as possible. This book is geared at YA’s 14+.