Review: City of Savages by Lee Kelly

Title: City of Savages
Author: Lee Kelly
Published: February 3rd, 2015 by Saga Press
Hardcover, 416 pages
read in: March, 2015

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dystopian • young adult • romance • mystery

There are two sides to every story. And maybe there’s not always a clear right and wrong, hero and villain. Maybe there’s just people.

This is a story about two sisters living in a world nearly two decades since the World War III happened. The Red Allies attacked Manhattan and turn New York City into a prisoner-in-war camp ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. Sky, the younger sister, is the impulsive and fierce with so many things that make people love her more than her sister, Sky. Sky is more reserved and the quite one. She thinks that there is better world beyond the city’s borders that doesn’t feel like a cage, while Phee, being the one people adore, loves the POW camp. She feels that the camp is protecting them with its own way, and she fits in every part of it.

But when they both discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize that there are so much more to what they knew about their mother. There are secrets in Manhattan that they have never imagined untill one day a group of stranger arrives at the camp and one by one the secrets being unfolded through the old pages of their mother’s journal and what they see outside the camp.


This is probably one of the best stand-alone book I’ve ever read! It was beyond my expectation. When I first started reading it, I never ever thought it would left me feeling like this.

The story is told in both Sky and Phee’s perspective making it so interesting to see every incidents in their point of view. Despite being twins, so many different things in their mind about the camp. And all that fights. Gosh. It reminds me a lot of all the old movies of the Olsen Twins. lol.

Phee was like:

And then Sky:

I love the fact that this book really put romance in the backseat, just a bit here and there focusing mainly into the psychological character between both the sisters. I admit though, it wasn’t the type of a high action packed dystopian. But somehow it still didn’t make me bored at all. It is such a page turner and reminds me a lot of my sister.

The world building it’s not taking a huge part of the story. Maybe it would’ve been better if her mother’s journal tells more about what cause the war and so on. The lacking of world building  though made me feel helpless and felt like I’m one of the sisters that don’t know about anything at all.

All in all, this book connects to me in a certain way that the story is about the two sisters in an entire broken world trying to discover their self and understanding the meaning of survival, life and family. In the end, how the story went really touched me and had my eyes watering.




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