“Hey, Twofer, who loves you even more than she loves cornbread with berries?” – opening sentence of City of Beasts by Corrie Wang.
Glori does. Glori will do anything to get it back, even going into the City of Beasts. YA, dystopian, gender seperated
About the City of Beasts:
I received this book for free from Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: City of Beasts
Author: Corrie Wang
Pub. Date: September 17, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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"If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don't hesitate. Kill it."
For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood's abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. She has never questioned the separation of the sexes or the rules that keep her post-nuclear hometown safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can't help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them?
When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable - covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back. What's meant to be a smash-and-grab job quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime as the fees team up with a fast-talking, T-shirt cannon wielding beast named Sway, and Glori starts to see that there's more to males, and her own history, than she's been taught. Glori, Sway, and a motley cohort of friends will go to the ends of the earth to find her little brother. And maybe save their divided world while they're at it.
Excerpt from City of Beasts:
IMHO: City of Beasts
City of Beasts is one for the books. The beginning is disorienting in that wonderful sci-fi way until it’s revealed why no one else will go after Twofer and suddenly, things come into focus and we hit the ground running.
It’s adventurous, and twisty search and rescue race that I couldn’t put down or forget anytime soon.
- I adore it, the whole book was quick with great pacing, enjoyable characters, interesting setting, immediately absorbing, didn’t lose my suspension of disbelief while reading.
- Trans inclusive in the text, (but not one in the cast.)
- Nonbinary isn’t specifically mentioned. I think the fee society would be inclusive, but the beasts are drowning in toxic masculinity.
- Makeover scene
- Violent fighting, not gory or particularly awful
- Talk of rape in the past to other characters, but none on the page
- The Beast City has a prison like culture, where regular movies are treated like porn, with weaker ones being prey.
- Effeminate gay boys have their own subculture & approval. But I don’t know if there’s anything like bears or androgynous.
- Glori – I love this fierce softie. Her funniest moments are when she’s playing it straight. She’s a great fighter, but
- Su – the best friend, the Jane Lane to Glori’s Daria.
- Sway – the non jerkwad beast, metrosexual working for the money, honey
- Comma – the comic relief, the typical gay boy best friend
- No idea what would happen next at any time while reading
- I love it. Have I mentioned I love this?
- Ends at the perfect spot, but I’d love to find out what happens next, and further still down the line.
One of the best things is that City of Beasts doesn’t feel gimmicky or forced with the separated society, unlike some books that shall not be named here. *cough*
Perfect for fans of YA dystopians, and feminist literary badassery like Orleans, by Sherrie L. Smith, which I’m still desperately wanting a sequel to.
Also, loved Wang’s previous book The Takedown, another sci-fi that quickly sucked me in & kept me going.
“You walk like a mobster, fight like the patrol, and scowl better than Sway.”
Comma tsks and says, ”I do believe, the o-u-s word you’re looking for is fabulous. It’s how you carry it off that determines the prefix.”
The tension between the genders made my insides feel squishy, and I kept asking, ”Are they going to fight now?” only to have the two actors kiss instead.
“Remember what I told you, little fee. Embrace your femininity. It’s the only thing that will make you seem like a male.”
Because now that Death literally stands in front of me, I don’t care so much what rules I live by or if I wake up happy or not, so long as I get to wake up even one more time.
If you could hear dust settling before, now you can hear dust being made.
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