I’m a big fan of dystopian books. Well, to put it more bluntly: I like dystopian romances. If you all haven’t figured it all by now, I’m a romance junkie. Not gonna lie. I’m dang proud of it. Anyhoo… Shay Savage’s wonderful mind came up with a spontaneous book (according to her author’s notes, this book wasn’t on her writing schedule this year) called Commodity. I’m a huge fan of her work because not only does she write such raw, gritty characters, she is a master at writing from the male perspective. There is no fluff in her work and I really appreciate it in this genre. Her characters do not go where you think they will go or act in the way you’d expect. It’s refreshing, to say the least, that every book Savage writes is one that I know will be fresh and imagined so well.
With all that being said, what is Commodity? Here’s the synopsis:
A little vague, I know. But intriguing enough. I’ll give you a better rundown. Commodity tells the story of two people perched on the brink of the end of the world as we know it. In one catastrophic event, all women, children, and most animals disappear off the face of the earth. The men left are instantly killed on the spot. The lucky ones who managed to be underground or in remote locations are the only ones to survive and build what they can out of the rubble left behind. With social disorder taking over humanity, the only thing of value left on a planet full of men are the few woman who managed to not be taken. As you can tell, they are now a commodity.
I kinda like my synopsis better. Ha, Shay Savage!
Commodity didn’t disappoint. I love reading this genre so much. I like to see what authors come up with in terms of character survival. Savage’s book Surviving Rain was also a survival book, and it was very well done. This book is also very well done. I loved how her lead characters, Hannah and Falk, battled to get food, water, form alliances and survived when, at times, it seemed like the best thing to do was give up. Hannah was an extremely strong and weak character at the same time. I know that sounds weird, but it she was a good balance between a female who didn’t give up and a woman who needed saving. Falk was the undying force behind her strong will. I loved seeing their push and pull and the love they shared. Falk reminded me of any man who loved so fiercely there wasn’t any limit what he would do to protect what love. You can pretty much guess what that would be.
The romance was good, although I would have loved more plot in this story. I get the idea of the commodity thing, but it wasn’t a strong focus of the story. It was mostly Falk trying to get his lady when she was taken from him. We didn’t see too much “commodity” happening, per se. Not much about sex slaves or trading of women or whatever they were supposed to do. And the ending with Falk talking to a certain character (whom I won’t mention because it would be a totes spoiler) kinda made me roll my eyes. But, who cares. it was still a great book anyway! I would read Shay’s grocery list if she published it.
Commodity is a wild ride that I couldn’t put down. I think Savage only wrote this as a standalone, but I urge her—URGE HER—to write more in this genre. She does such a great job and I would love to see more about this world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys spending her weekends off-roading in her bright yellow jeep, watching science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, and participating as a HUGE Star Wars fan and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms—especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.