Book Review: Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

Title: Savannah Grey
Author: Cliff McNish
Genre: YA science fiction
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: E-galley from Netgalley
First line: It was long past midnight when the Horror appeared at the end of Westmoreland Road.

Savannah Grey has never lived in one place very long. She has left foster home after foster home, each by her own choice. Her restlessness is rising again, as well as her fear over the strange things happening to her body, things she’s pretty sure aren’t normal.

Her friend Nina is the only person she truly cares about, and when she tells Savannah that she has the perfect boy for her, Savannah can’t help being intrigued. When she meets Reece, the connection is immediate – and he even seems to understand the changes she’s undergoing. Her body seems to be preparing for something. But what? And will she be ready when it comes?

Savannah Grey has one of the most unique premises of any science fiction novel I’ve read. Savannah is an intriguing character, a young woman with no past who is dealing with some pretty terrifying things. I can’t really go into more detail without spoiling some of the most original things about the plot, but this book is unlike anything I’ve read in a long while. I was immediately hooked by her story and by the burgeoning relationship between Savannah and Reece.

As the story went on, I couldn’t read fast enough, and then the author threw in a plot twist I had no idea was coming. As I rapidly clicked to turn page after page, I was dying to know how things turned out. And then the book ended. Suddenly.

I’m sure most of you have read the basic outline for a fiction storyline: 1) you set up your characters and their ultimate conflict; 2) around three-quarters of the way through the book you have the climax; and 3) then you spend the rest of the book in resolution, wrapping things up. In Savannah Grey, the author very competently accomplished steps one and two, and then he stopped writing. Yes, the main conflict was finished, but there was no resolution, no wrapping things up. And that is why I’m rating this book 3 stars instead of the 4 or 5 I thought it would be getting until I turned the last page.

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7 Responses to Book Review: Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Ugh on the ending. I’m not a huge SciFi fan so I’m unlikely to pick this up. Is there a sequel to this that will bring resolution?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – I don’t know! I looked everywhere on his site to try and figure out if it’s the first in a series, and there is no mention of it. I wish all authors would make info like that readily available on their sites.

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I’ve only read a few sci-fi books, so I probably won’t pick this one up. It does sound like this author has a lot of potential.

  3. Cliff McNish says:

    Hi guys, I’m the author, and just came across this. A number of people seem to have had a problem with the very ending of this book. It’s a pity that because I spent ages crafting it exactly as it is – I even originally wriote that soft ending and dispensed with it. Actually the last chapter does let people know 1) that going forward SAVANNAH will be OK b) her friend Nina is Ok c) that Sav and Reece will live happily ever after. I’m not sure how more resolved it needs to be than that, although I accept that for many it was all done too abruptly. I just wanted it to end with the central plot brought to a final focus of resolution. I guess I’ve learned a lot of people really like that longer-breathed ending. But if you read that last chapter what would be in it is there really … anyway, no sequel. It’s a one off.

  4. Pam says:

    AH! Well I was deciding whether or not to read it when spoiler city right above me. Shame it sounded like such a good plot but now that I know EVERYONE IS HUNKY DORY I have no need to read. Sigh.

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