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The Savages

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    I¿ve recently read a lot of discussions about book covers. Do t

    I’ve recently read a lot of discussions about book covers. Do they sell a reader on a book? Do readers buy a book simply based off the cover? Well, this is definitely one of those books that shouldn’t be judged by its cover. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cover; but what you find inside is amazingly creepy and sometimes scary.

    A word of warning…. if you don’t love British humor then a lot of this book won’t appeal to you. This book was completely unpredictable; dark humor at it’s best.

    The Savages are cannibals. There’s no secret about that… well, that’s not exactly true. No one outside of their family knows what they really are, but the reader knows just by reading the outside cover. We learn the origins of the family’s cannibalistic ways and we also learn in the very beginning of the book that something terrible happens and their closely guarded family secret is revealed. The journey to that revelation is darkly humorous. Of course, the idea of cannibalism is horrific, but the way it is presented just made me keep turning the pages!

    The Savages, as a family, are very well thought out and developed characters. Titus is a hard-working father who will do anything to keep his family together. Angelica is addicted to shopping and will do anything to hide her extravagant spending from her husband. Sasha is a typical teenager just trying to figure out who she is and where she fits into the world. Ivan… well, he’s a little sociopath. And little Katya… she’s just a baby so there’s really not much to indulge in as far as her character goes. And Grandpa Oleg… he rounds out the family nicely.

    The writing is terrific. The plot is executed perfectly. The characters, even minor characters, intermingle with one another flawlessly. Overall this book was a fantastic read. And there is a sequel – American Savage – that has made my summer must read list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    This book was too amazing for words! I ate it up in one bite and

    This book was too amazing for words! I ate it up in one bite and quickly wanted seconds. I can't wait to see what Matt Whyman does next

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