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Reviewed by Dianne Bylo for Readers' Favorite
“We Are Savages” by Jessie Atkin is a young adult adventure of a 12 year-old girl who would rather play with her dog and toys than accept the responsibility of growing up. When things come to a head at home, Tris decides to run away with her faithful dog Mars and mysteriously ‘falls’ into Nowhere, a world where only children exist, getting along surprisingly well with no rules! Along the way, she meets a variety of other children, each with their own place in this ‘society.’ Tris finds more than she bargained for when the responsibility for the lives of the children falls into her hands and they look to her for leadership! Can Tris step up and accept what she needs to do?
“We Are Savages” is a fast-paced and fun read. It is reminiscent of "Peter Pan", touching on how difficult it is to ‘grow up’ when staying young forever would be so much easier! I was intrigued by the fact that each child seemed to know their place in ‘Nowhere,’ yet I felt an inner sadness beneath their exteriors. Jessie Atkin has written a beautiful coming of age story told through the eyes and heart of a ‘tween,’ making it completely relate-able for younger readers with enough action and fantasy to fuel their minds and pull them into the story alongside Tris, while subtly saying it is ‘okay’ to grow up! I look forward to more creative books from this talented author!