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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471400387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471400384
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Whyman is a bestselling author who has written widely for all ages across a range of subjects - in fiction, advice and memoir. His adult books include Man or Mouse, Columbia Road, Oink! My Life With Minipigs (published in paperback as Pig in the Middle), and Walking with Sausage Dogs (Hodder). For teens, he is the author of Superhuman, Unzipped, XY:100, Boy Kills Man, The Wild (Hodder), the So Below trilogy, Inside the Cage, Goldstrike (Simon & Schuster), The Savages & American Savage (Hot Key Books).

Co-writing with Michelle Misra, under the pen name of Jack Carson, Matt is responsible for the Battle Champions action series for younger readers (Simon & Schuster). He also writes as the Carnegie-nominated mystery and suspense writer, Lazlo Strangolov, author of Feather & Bone and Tooth & Claw (Walker).

Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, England.

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Gruesomely rib-tickling Bliss Just occasionally I read a book so deliciously dark ... that it takes my breath away - and this is such a book. Daily Mail It's a rare, delectable treat, well worth devouring. I'd happily go back for seconds. -- Keith Gray The Scotsman Brilliantly original and disturbingly funny -- Sally Morris Daily Mail

About the Author

Matt Whyman is a best selling author and agony uncle for Bliss Magazine and BBC Radio 1's The Sunday Surgery. He has written widely for adults and teenagers, across a range of subjects, including two recent comic memoirs MY LIFE WITH MINIPIGS and WALKING WITH SAUSAGE DOGS. His previous YA books include BOY KILLS MAN, OINK and THE WILD. Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, UK. Find out more about Matt at www.mattwhyman.com and on Twitter: @mattwhyman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nina (Death Books and Tea) on 12 Jun 2013
Format: Paperback
Review: The Savages are a fairly happy family. There's Titus and Angelica, a loving couple, grandfather Oleg, teenagers Sasha and Ivan and new baby Katya. They deal with normal troubles-money, schools, brother sister pranks, and the fact they're cannibals. Yeah. Sasha then brings home a boyfriend, who happens to be vegetarian. While Sasha's having a bit of an eating identity crisis, the Savages have another problem. An accidental death of an actress at their house leads to a body that can't be disposed of in the normal way, a detective starts digging, and maybe they can't go on like this...
The concept of this, I loved. Cannibals in a wholly modern setting, with relatability and school and things, I was really excited to get started on this.
It's a LOT deeper than it sounds. It may be because I read it on a history trip where it's all analyse things, but I saw half the events as metaphor. Jack's devotion and the whole extreme veganism is funny, but could also be taken as a symbol for other extremist groups. There's other elements as well such as figuring out where you belong in this world, and rebelling against family values, adding a bit of seriousness.
Sasha was the most relatable for me, with the age and the working out who she is. It's nice meeting a character like that. My favourite character was probably Ivan, because his sense of humour is really in-line with mine jack was ok to start with, but then started getting really really irritating.
There's lots of plots fitting together nicely. The detective one adds a bit of serious tension. The Amanda/Beyond Vegetarianism one furthers Sasha's character development and conflict. It all comes to a climax as the Savages prepare a feast for Katya's first time eating human flesh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A family of cannibals. Well, doesn't that just sell it?!

Meet the Savages. Loving but work-obsessed Dad, perfect homemaker Mum, teenage Sasha with a vegetarian-militant boyfriend, and prank-joker Ivan. Plus a cute baby cutting her first teeth.

We learn from the first that their 'meat'-eating ways will be discovered and their home and lives destroyed. The story is about how it all happens.

I thought it might be a slightly younger The Radleys (Matt Haig), and it did have elements of this - normal-looking family hiding shocking food-related secret.

It's a great family story. Whyman manages to make the whole family very sympathetic and likeable, with issues and problems that they actually resolve much better than many families. Their special diet actually makes them a very close unit (not that I'm recommending it!).

The idea of Sasha trying out vegetarianism under pressure from her boyfriend is darkly funny, an inverse account of teenage rebellion. Jack, the hybrid-driving, would-be-Lothario is nicely loathsome and distasteful. There are oodles of eating-related in-jokes and lines that the reader can smile at, knowing already the family's secret.

It's actually quite a moving family story at times as well, the origin story of how the family came to find and perfect their taste is quite sad.

A really original and enjoyable teenage read, darkly wicked and a lot to talk about, food-wise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 14 Aug 2014
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This book made me hungry throughout. I constantly had images of braised beef steak, big joints of honey roast gammon and thick pork chops. Except the Savages aren't cooking pork, gammon or beef, they're cooking human flesh. With years of practice dating back to the second world war, this unusual family pick out the healthiest humans who won't be missed by friends or family, prepare their bodies and create a feast to cleanse their soul and bring them together as a family.
If you think this book sounds more like a horror than a children's book, you'd be right. I'm reading this book as a 22 year old and whilst I know that they are cannibals, I viewed it as a fantasy, far-fetched from our own world today, even though the book is set in today's society in a very realistic England. I'm not sure how a child would view this book as cannibalism is viewed as a very positive thing throughout the book, but from my point of view, it was an enjoyable read.
Matt Whyman has a very specific way of writing Children's books, in that he treats them as if they were adults and doesn't patronize them, as some Children's authors so often do. The writing style does take a while to get used to and I had to read the book in as few sittings as possible, as each time I went away, it'd then take me a while to get back into it again. I would recommend reading this book if you want something a little different and especially if you're a younger reader, it would be interesting to see how you view the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tasha on 6 Sep 2013
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A book that lives up to its fabulous premise. Incredibly witty and full of dark comedy, but with a real sense of heart. Each character was fully realised and endearing - my favourite was Ivan, pure genius - and the third person 'head hopping' narration style really works here to engage the reader with every character. I think The Savages would make a fantastic animation or stop-motion film, so hurry up producers and get on it! This book already has the feel of a modern classic - I think it's going to stay with us for a long time.
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