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A teenage girl living in a post-nuclear town embarks on a quest to save her brother from the other side of a dividd world in this dystopian adventure novel for fans of Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now.
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 counterattack 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.
Praise for City of Beasts:
"Readers who enjoy the fast-paced desperation of Jay Kristoff's Lifelike series and Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now
will appreciate the pulse-pounding intensity of this thriller."—School Library Journal
"Glori, the beasts, and the readers all have something to learn about gender, difference, and relationships, whether in the present or the apocalypse. Quirky characters offset darker themes, making this a brutal yet optimistic portrayal of a possible future."
"A page-turning dystopian novel that explores the divisions that differences can engender and the things that can, sometimes, mend them. "
"Wang has managed to write an exciting, prescient story that brings to mind the unlikely combination of M.T. Anderson's Feed
, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother
, and Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, with a little of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy and the cult classic film Heathers
thrown in the mix. . . . Highly recommended."—School Library Journal
"Wang's smart, technocentric debut-Gossip Girl
meets M.T. Anderson's Feed-
addresses identity, public perception, and social media skewering."—Publishers Weekly