I finished the book Romy: Book I of the 2250 Saga by Nirina Stone last night after just a few days. That’s unusual for me, which speaks to how well written it is. I took a moment to type up a review this morning and wanted to share it with you.
First, here is the author’s description of the book:
In the year 2250, life in Apex is built on classification systems. The rich Prospo live a lavish life in skyscrapers. Poor Citizens live underground and Soren terrorists are a threat that no one wants to contend with, least of all young, healthy women that are used solely for breeding.
Twenty year old Romy believes she’s done everything right to avoid being put on the Soren auction block. She’s studied hard and attained her robotic certification to secure an enviable job in Prospo City, but when her time comes, instead of the coveted ‘B’ classification, Romy’s status leaves her vulnerable to the Soren terrorists.
Follow Romy as she strives to live the life she’s worked so hard to attain and learns the truth about her name, her past, and her world.
I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Here is my review:
ROMY is a story set in the future after a catastrophic event destroyed most of humanity hundreds of years before. Now civilization has split into three groups, the Prospo (wealthy people who live in highrises and on the Moon and Mars), Citizens (live mostly underground, often hired by the Prospo as servants), and Sorens (a group of people reported to be terrorists by the Prospo).
The world building itself is excellent and probably the strongest aspect of this book. Wanting to know about this world and its societies was the main motivation for me to continue reading. If you like to explore ideas about our future world, I think you’ll enjoy ROMY. It delves into not only landscape, but also psychology and sociology, politics and propaganda, truth and lies.
There were areas where the book fell a little short for me, but some readers will find these to be positives:
ROMY (the story) did not focus much on Romy’s emotions. I felt like I was skimming the surface of her experiences, looking from the outside in. I never felt anticipation for her actions, but accepted the validity of the reasons given to me. This may appeal to readers preferring a story not be sentimental. But if you really enjoy laughing and crying with a character, you will miss that aspect here.
I tend to be skeptical, so finding sci-fi that works for me isn’t easy. ROMY kept me in the world. Most of the scenarios were plausible. Revelations made sense. I didn’t hang up on anything which kept me from enjoying the story except for one thing: certain women were lied to about being infertile. I think there should have been an added explanation about how sexual beings could exist and not realize the truth about their fertility, or how this lie gained such traction.
Which leads to the third negative (but possibly a positive for some): The romance was minimal. I think it would have worked better if Romy was not romantically involved at all as opposed to having her so superficially involved. She kisses someone for reasons she doesn’t know. And then for the next year or more she just sometimes kisses him more but it goes no further. It wasn’t believable and felt like it was just added because someone said the book needed romance. The book didn’t need it, and it wasn’t really romance.
Again, if you like sci-fi books strong on world building and politics, not overly sexual or violent, and not so sentimental, I think you’ll enjoy this one.