We Are Savages by Jessie Atkin

we are savagesPublished: 2012

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 296 pages

Setting: an underground city of kids, present day

Interest: I was looking for something relatively short to read on my Kindle while I was on vacation and this looked like it would fit the bill.

Summary: Tris is a 12-year old girl that does not live up to her mother’s expectations of a girl. She is reduced to hiding in her room and only going out when her parents are out or asleep. When she breaks an antique lamp playing soldiers, her mother threatens to take away her dog and forces her to babysit to replace the lamp. Tris is having none of it, so she runs away and finds herself in Nowhere, an underground sanctuary for kids who despise their home life. The point of life in Nowhere is to play at full throttle. Tris is intrigued, but wants to know more about why things are they way they are. In asking all of her questions, she upsets the balance of power and draws in the Phocydes. Tris organizes the biggest game of all – all the kids fighting against the Phocydes. The kids win the battle and Tris chooses to go home.

Final thoughts: Well, the book lived up to my expectations – a silly little story about kids not fitting in, so they make their own society underground. At least it wasn’t too long.

Title comes from: It’s what the kids themselves in Nowhere.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 64/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge


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