Our Dark Duet is the follow-up to This Savage Song. While I did not love Savage as much as my daughter did, I couldn’t pass up the sequel. I’m glad I stayed the course.
Beginning with Kate in her “new life” as a monster hunter – far from Verity, mind you – Duet delves deeper in to a world where sins become literal monsters. In her new home, Prosperity, Kate hunts “heart-eaters” and seems to be doing alright in spite of everything.
August still lives in Verity. He’s stepped into the role Leo left vacant but he remains uncomfortable and, I would argue, unhappy with his lot in life. North City and South City remain separated but everything is still a war zone in Verity.
Now, let’s take a moment and stop to appreciate Soro, the newest Sunai who does not identify as male or female. August very openly discusses the new addition and how he initially thought of Soro as a she. Curious, August eventually asks Soro directly. This is how it plays out:
…the newest member of the Flynn family had stared at him for a long moment before answering.
“I’m a Sunai.”
That was all they said, as if the rest didn’t matter, and August supposed it didn’t. He never thought of them as anything but Soro after that.
I actually like the sequel better than Savage. evolution of the characters is believable and the world remains intriguing and horrifying all at once.
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The Verdict on Our Dark Duet
The writing is far superior to most of the tripe being pushed on teens and the world is fascinating. Though the character may be a little angsty at times, remind yourself that this is geared toward teens and enjoy it anyway!