Savannah Grey

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Savannah Grey needs to keep moving. She doesn't know why, but she can't let herself get tied down by too many people. It's almost like she's being chased by something. And now something strange is happening with her neck—with her throat.

Savannah Grey never thought she'd meet someone like Reece—a guy who seems to understand her. He even knows about her neck. The same thing is happening to him. It's as if their voices are becoming weapons, ...

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Overview

Savannah Grey needs to keep moving. She doesn't know why, but she can't let herself get tied down by too many people. It's almost like she's being chased by something. And now something strange is happening with her neck—with her throat.

Savannah Grey never thought she'd meet someone like Reece—a guy who seems to understand her. He even knows about her neck. The same thing is happening to him. It's as if their voices are becoming weapons, warming up for some kind of attack.

Savannah Grey has no idea what might be chasing her or why her voice suddenly feels like the most powerful weapon on the planet, but she's about to find out.

Nature is preparing for battle with the universe's ultimate monster. The time to fight is almost here. The weapon is Savannah Grey.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Savannah has bounced around among foster parents all her life and is plagued by constant uneasiness (and, lately, a sore throat). When Savannah meets the mysterious Reece, she soon discovers that there's more to her—and to her throat—than she realized. Savannah has superhuman strength, speed, and healing abilities, but even more powerful is the bansheelike stream of sounds that project from strange growths in her throat, which click and "billow" of their own accord and lash out destructively when threatened. Savannah's first-person narration alternates with a third-person history of the monsters she has been designed to destroy. McLish (Angel) has his horror movie–ready details and twists down pat, but he's most interested in his monsters—the story's most complex and intriguing characters—from the Horror, gruesome yet childlike, to the Ocrassa, which has used the animal kingdom like a smorgasbord, picking useful traits to become the planet's most dominant creature. Savannah, Reece, and the other humans feel like exactly what they are: pawns in an eons-old battle, as nature itself attempts to root out the ultimate invasive species. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Something strange is happening to fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey. At night, her throat clicks, whirrs, and gurgles. She cannot shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her and that her throat and voice feel like they are becoming a weapon. Things become even odder when she meets Reece, a mysterious boy who is experiencing the same issues. Savannah's throat seems set on protecting her, causing her to strike out at anyone who gets too close, including Reece. Inexplicably, Savannah feels protective of whatever has taken up residence in her throat. Though it controls and frightens Savannah, she intuitively feels it is something precious and will play in important role in some unknown future event. Before long, Savannah encounters complex and bizarre monsters—the Ocrassa, the Horror, and the Nyktomorph. When Reece is attacked by the Horror, Savannah must figure out who the real monster is and must work out how the thing in her throat can stop all this. The ending provides a plot twist few will see coming. This unusual story is truly unique. Perhaps most interesting of all is not Savannah's strange affliction, but the monsters. The Ocrassa, a shrewd opportunist thriving and evolving since prehistoric times, the Horror, a childlike imp, and the rebellious Nyktomorph are surprisingly multifaceted. The solid writing presents a very curious story in a matter of fact tone that somehow make the events feel all the more ominous; this is something that will happen, that must happen. In a genre filled with recognizable supernatural creatures, this book stands out as a thoughtful and intriguing paranormal tale. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Savannah Grey's throat has felt very strange for a long time. Her foster mother tells her that she's been making unusual sounds in her sleep—squeaks, clicks, even an odd liquid sound. Things might be looking up for her, though, because her friend Nina has a boy that Savannah just has to meet. Reece is different from other boys her age and he, too, has something wrong with his throat. During a hospital visit, Savannah suddenly has on overwhelming desire to protect her throat, striking out at the doctor and then fleeing the building. With the aid of Nina and her phone's camera, she finds brown lumps and yellow stripes in her throat. She feels certain that these unusual structures are a sonic weapon meant to keep her safe from a monster that is lurking nearby. She has, in fact, already been visited by a monster with a doglike body but star-shaped head. To top that off, the Horror has donned a blonde wig and yellow dress and attempts to confine its movements to those of ballet. Interspersed with the chapters focusing on Savannah, her struggle to understand her new powers, and her growing relationship with Reece are others that focus on the real villain, the Ocrassa, a creature alien to Earth that has evolved over time to be a nearly perfect killing machine. While McNish writes action well, he just doesn't sell the weird throat-as-weapon concept. Neither weird noises as weapons nor ballet-loving, star-headed dog monsters are convincing.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey discovers that she can bench press 725 pounds, outrun anyone in her school and has a mysterious growth in her throat that instills a killing power. At first Savannah is confused and frightened by her powers, but then she meets Reece, a boy with a similar condition of the larynx, who tells her who she is and what she's meant to do. Together the two wage a battle against a cadre of ill-named, Scooby-Doo–esque buffoons/beasts (the Horror! the Nyktomorph!) in order to save themselves and the world. McNish's latest is chock-full of clunky plotting, cheesy one-liners and hokey supernatural nuances. If teen readers can make it past the first chapter, in which a slobbering, toothy monster—aka The Horror—sneaks into Savannah's room to spy on her, without laughing out loud, then they might make it far enough to discover the back story behind these foolish monsters. The tale struggles with audience: While the theme and the action sequences seem to suggest that the work is written for teens, the tone, dialogue and descriptive passages lack edge and read as if they were written for middle graders. The supernatural theme could pique the interests of reluctant readers, but they really deserve more than this work could ever offer. (Horror. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467709132
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 1,308,325
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cliff McNish is the acclaimed author of the Doomspell trilogy. His other work includes The Silver Sequence series, Angel, and Breathe (Carolrhoda Books). He is married and has a teenage daughter, for whose entertainment he made up his first stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    This eerie, monstrous tale of how Savannah and Reece face the Horror was totally freaky ...

    It seemed like Savannah went through foster parents as fast as guys could chow down on hot dogs in a hot dog eating contest. Annette Coombs was one of her "all-time favorite replacement mums" and they got along really well. It seemed kind of strange when she asked Savannah if she knew if she'd been "making unusual noises" in her sleep. Not very likely if she was out like a light, but her throat had been really sore and for some reason she had "been bizarrely protective of her throat recently." Squeaks and clicks. Weird. Nina Savoy, her best friend, called to check up on her and tell her that there would be a party at Tori's and insisted she was going. Savannah really didn't feel like going, but there was no getting out of the invite.

    Savannah's attraction to Reece Gandolfo at the party was totally unexpected. He had an "easy manner about him, an understated self-assurance" that was unusual. He also had something else unusual about him and that was a "vivid white scar on his neck." He was the boy of her dreams, but there was something else that was haunting her dreams and that was the Horror. Savannah didn't know it, but he'd been coming to her house to visit her when she was asleep. Squeak, squeak, click, click. The Horror was the child of Nyktomorph, the creation of Ocrassa. They wanted her, but why? Things were not as they seemed and her unease slipped into her waking hours. Reece made her feel comfortable and later he confessed, "The truth is that I've been thinking about you for a long time, Savannah Grey."

    Reece told her they were destined to meet and she believed him wholeheartedly. He had problems with his throat too and every now and then sounded kind of wonky. Nina was worried about Sav's problem and escorted her to King's Hospital. No, no one was going to go near Savannah's throat. Dr. Olly and Carol Edilman were going to do the examination, but she wasn't going to allow them to touch her. When Carol took a peek she saw "some kind of . . . honey-colored, striped bands"and some "dark mounds" near her larynx. It only took the touch of a tongue depressor to whirl Savannah into action, striking out and breaking Carol's jaw. Whatever was there was protecting her and she had to protect it. Reece's throat was the same only weaker. The monsters were coming for them. "Pas pas! Pas de bourée!" The Horror was coming for Savannah. There was something that was keeping her from becoming close to Reece, but would it keep him from helping her defeat the monsters? Was there something about their throats that would help protect them or kill them in the end?

    This eerie, monstrous tale of how Savannah and Reece face the Horror was totally freaky. This was one of those nightmarish tales that didn't seem to come together until the end. The storyline flipped back and forth from Savannah's world to that of Ocrassa, Nykotomorph's, and the Horror's as it went along. The pages were black with white lettering as we drifted into the strange history of the monster's, a feature that gave it an interesting visual format. The buildup of the tale was slow and steady like a crescendo in music. At that point everything suddenly came together with a strange twist. If you like your horror to be startling and fast, you may not care for Savannah's story, but if you like to be tortured slowly you'll love it. A few times I was thinking to myself, "Hey, where's

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Unique Paranormal Story

    Savannah Grey is one of the most unique stories I have ever read. The main character, Savannah, has paranormal abilities unlike anything I have come across in other YA novels and I found it refreshing.
    This is a very quick read and Savannah is only briefly introduced before the action starts. She is a foster child who never feels comfortable being in one place too long so she changes families frequently but she is well behaved, smart and gets good grades. She knows there is something different about her but not what it is. Savannah is a strong, likable character who is faithful to her foster family and friends. When she is fully realizes what nature has been preparing her for, she handles the situation with a lot of courage, but not with the most well thought out plans.
    Reece is Savannah's love interest and the first boy that Savannah has ever been interested in. Her feelings for him develop quickly, but everything happens very fast in this story. In addition to her emotions, her abilities develop rapidly and instinctively, she always knows exactly what is going on with her body and the situations around her. I would have liked for a bit more story development there and for the action to be shown more than told. On the bright side, there is a great plot twist in the story that I did not see coming.
    I also thought he villains, the Orcrassa and its minions, were very interesting and the portions of the book told from their perspective to be quite fascinating.
    The book ends rather abruptly and while there is a resolution, I would have liked another chapter or an epilogue to really be satisfied.
    Content: Some violence

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    Good

    I found myself really excited to read this book. For one the synopsis really captured me. I really wanted to like this book, but alas I could not. I found that plot did not capture me at all. While the characters were great, the story was lacking.

    Savannah though she was normal when all of sudden she made weird noises at night. She found herself wondering around, think she was dreaming but she was actually doing something else. She discovers something different or wrong with her throat. There is something in there that doesn't look right. And the Orcrassa wants her dead because of it.

    First off, what gripe me about this book was how slow it took the plot to thicken. While I enjoyed meeting Savannah and learning about her, it took a while to see what is going on. Also it need a lot more explaining. I had a hard time grasping the plot and found myself re-reading parts just to understand. Finally after a good amount a pages in, I understood but I was still somewhat confused as to how Savannah got that way in the first place.

    The love interest was surprisingly good. I like seeing Savannah have someone to lean on after what she found out. Reece is just like her. I like how the reader got to see them explore their findings as to what is going on. They were their for each other and didn't push each other into anything. I like seeing how easy it was to be with each other.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    Definitely unique

    Fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey likes to keep moving. She has moved between foster homes frequently ever since her parents died years ago. Lately, she has been having problems with her throat, and her latest foster mother tells her she can hear her making clicking noises at night as she sleeps. What Savannah doesn't know is that there is something in her throat that has been laying dormant. This something is the only weapon capable of fighting the Ocrassa, an ancient evil (a monster if you will) that loves to kill more than anything.

    Savannah's friend, Nina, introduces her to Reece, a boy she is instantly smitten with. Mainly because of the scar across his neck which is a result of a childhood accident. Savannah and Reece realize that similar things have been happening to them, with their throats, and they have both been seeing things late at night; something that is stalking them outside their homes. As the novel progresses, Savannah learns that the scratch in her throat is something very powerful, and together with Reece she soon learns that she holds the key to destroying the evil that is stalking them. What she doesn't know is that the monster is waiting, and it has a plan of it's own on how to stop her.

    This book was enjoyable, and the author does a great job of painting pictures. The plot moved along quickly, though, at times, I found myself thinking that maybe it was moving a little too quickly. The story is mainly told from Savannah's point of view, but occasionally shifts to third person as we learn about how the Ocrassa came to be. At times I felt these explanations of how the monster evolved were a bit much and took away from the pace of the story. I was less interested in how the monster came to be and more interested in Savannah and Reece's story. All in all I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't something I would rave about. I will say that there is a twist to the story that I never saw coming, and this twist was what bumped my rating up by a star. I liked the action and the characters, and I especially liked the uniqueness of having a throat weapon - you don't see that every day - but the sci-fi parts kind of put me off. I do have a few friends that would eat this one up and I will definitely recommend it to them. For me, however, the book was just ok. The author gets high points for writing style and an interesting story, but my review is lowered because there were just parts of it I couldn't get in to, and I doubt I would want to read it again.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    AMAZING!!!!! COULDN"T PUT IT DOWN!

    I couldn't put it down. Wow. Savannah was an awesome heroine, and the relationship she builds with Reece felt completely real. The back stories between the chapters added a glimpse into the monster's mind, and I kept reading on and on. The story was brilliant, very original and interesting. The twist at the end was a complete shocker that I never saw coming!!! My only regrets are that it ended to soon for me. Loved it. Hopefully there will be a sequel!!!!!

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