Book review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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“I know it hurts,“ she said. “So make it worth the pain.”

In Our Dark Duet, Kate Harker has left Verity and made a new life for herself in the neighboring town of Prosperity.  Whereas Verity is quite literally infested with monsters, Prosperity is still more or less a safe town with only the occasional attack.  Kate works with a group of teens to take down monsters as they appear, but she’s still very much the loner that she’s always been.

Back in Verity, August Flynn has had to take on a new role after his brother’s death.  Before the tide turned for the worse, August dreamed of someday becoming human.  Now, he has no choice but to methodically reap the souls of every sinner who tries to slip into his family’s compound.

When Kate learns that the violence in Verity has bred an entirely new monster, she feels obligated to return.  She’s stunned to find the new August, a Sunai who has embraced his role in life and bears little resemblance to her former friend.  Together, can they return Verity to its former safety?  Or is the town too far gone to be saved?

Oh, my heart.  This is the sixth book I’ve read by Victoria Schwab and I should know to expect this by now, but somehow, I was still surprised.  I think I might have actually died as I finished this book.  Victoria Schwab ripped my heart straight out of my chest with that ending.  The worst part is that I’ll still read anything that she writes.

I don’t want to get too much into the details of the plot or what happens to the characters.  Thankfully, I successfully avoided all spoilers before diving into this book, and although it nearly killed me (see above), I’m glad that I didn’t know what to expect going in.  Just like with A Conjuring of Light, it’ll probably take me weeks to recover from this trauma.

I probably sound overdramatic with all of this ranting and raving about the ending, but this is really a very good book.  Schwab has put such a new and interesting twist on the dystopian genre with this duology and, truth be told, I’m a little sad that the series is finished.  This is most definitely a world that I could continue to explore.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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