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Romy (2250 Saga) by Nirina Stone Review

Occasionally, you come across a book or a series of books on Goodreads that simply haven't received a lot of love, and you can't understand it. This is what I had when I read Romy, Romy's Legacy and Romy's Last Stand. This trilogy is a young adult dystopian series and is really well written and depicted throughout. You start in 2250 where the world is built on a classification system where the Prospo's live the good life in tall skyscrapers, the Citizens live underground and are bid on by Prospo's for menial jobs. This would be a dystopia in and of its own right, but all is not as it seems and the Sorens, a terrorist group, are determined to bring the lies to the fore and rid the world of the Prospo Overlords.

Romy is a Citizen who deliberately engineers her way into prison in order to get certified and therefore get a job with the Prospo's, however she quickly learns that life isn't as simple as she has always thought it to be and there is more than meets the eye going on here. Romy's Legacy follows the Soren several years on from the initial events in the first book and yet more weaves and webs of lies unravel all the way through to Romy's Last Stand with its climatic finale.

I don't know why this series hasn't been picked up by more people; it's engagingly written with a well explored world that is built fairly solidly and with interesting and thought provoking characters and dillema's throughout. Periodically the author slips up and focuses too much on the romance aspect; having had half your side bitten out by a horse sized cat, you wouldn't waste your time snogging as you bled out really if we're honest. Likewise, the pacing can sometimes be a bit sloppy and the third book could easily have been two books if more time had been spent on the end and beginning respectively.

However, I've zipped through all three books and enjoyed them immensely, so they are definitely worthy of your time.

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MegL wrote on December 15, 2017, 5:53 AM

Sounds like just the type of book I enjoy reading. I have come to enjoy the young teen books more than the so-called "grownup" ones, they move faster and seem to me to be more imaginativeand less likely to contain gratuitous horror and violence. I must look out for these.

VinceSummers wrote on December 15, 2017, 7:25 AM

A lovely review. At first I thought what you said reminiscent of Metropolis, the 1920's Fritz Lang movie (I almost slipped and typed Fritz Weaver!). I'm not, by nature, into the romance-thingy, unless it is an essential element. I limit what I read these days. Have you reviewed the books at the source of sale?

lookatdesktop wrote on December 16, 2017, 7:12 PM

Romy is a name I will not forget. Nirina Stone is a very unusual name. Any how. Enjoyed reading this review.