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Book Review: Being Sapphire (New Atlanta #2) by Sylvia Ryan
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Book Review: Being Sapphire (New Atlanta #2) by Sylvia Ryan

by davincikittieFebruary 1, 2015

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

As I finished the epilogue for Being Sapphire (available on Sylvia Ryan’s website) – tears literally streaming down my face – all I could think was “Wow. Just, wow.” What a great story, in what is shaping up to be a truly epic series. Considering this is only book #2 of what is likely to be a trilogy – and being such a big fan of scifi and fantasy, where a story arcing over a mere three books long is barely considered a series – I don’t use the word “epic” lightly. If you haven’t read Being Amber, the first book in this series, you must start there. Skipping that story will rob you of the relevant and absolutely necessary experience of life in New Atlanta so you can fully immerse yourself in the gravity of the situation these people lived through.

[quote]For those of you either looking for a true menage story or worried about twincest, let me just say upfront that this story respects the bond of the brothers – meaning they do not have a romantic or sexual relationship with one another – and showcases the heart’s ability to love in different, varied (sometimes shocking) ways. [/quote]

Where Being Amber chronicles the conception and infancy of the Amber resistance against the oppressive dictatorship parading as “the Gov”, Being Sapphire follows the first steps to freedom, the start of a new way of life, and the growth of the unique three-way relationship between Jordan Ford and twin brothers Patrick and Shane O’Connor. For those of you either looking for a true menage story or worried about twincest, let me just say upfront that this story respects the bond of the brothers – meaning they do not have a romantic or sexual relationship with one another – and showcases the heart’s ability to love in different, varied (sometimes shocking) ways. Most of the bedroom action in this book is m/f, as Jordan splits time between them through her organization of the Resistance in the Sapphire and Amber zones.

One of the things I love most about the New Atlanta series is how Ms. Ryan spins such a believable, realistic tale. The balance between the romantic relationships, the delicate vulnerabilities of the human psyche, and the lasting impact that seemingly small decisions have on the political climate of the story universe is perfect. I’m a fairly harsh critic of romantic stories and I cannot imagine a more ideal and relatable way to tell this incredible tale. It is an inspiring journey through the heart of a very necessary revolution and the inevitable personal sacrifices the characters must make. Ms. Ryan doesn’t handle her story with kid gloves, nor does she subject her people to unnecessary suffering for the sake of manufactured drama (seriously, major kudos for that). This is an author who takes care in establishing a solid trust with her readers very early in the story and never takes advantage of that fragile bond.

[quote][Being Sapphire] is an inspiring journey through the heart of a very necessary revolution and the inevitable personal sacrifices the characters must make.[/quote]

Being Sapphire had me gasping in shock at some of the events, squirming along with the heroine in her “punishments”, and wanting to high-five Jordan in her triumphs. She is perfectly complimented by twin brothers Shane and Patrick O’Connor, who – while sharing a deep twin bond and having grown up together – are as different as night and day when it comes to their interactions with her and how they support her seemingly conflicting personal needs. I won’t divulge Jordan’s history here, but she needs the security and structure she finds under Shane’s hands as her dominant as equally as she craves the lighthearted love and total acceptance she gets from Patrick. As a woman, she is strong and independent – the kind of character who is easy to identify with, that you cheer for over the entire book. Don’t forget to read the epilogue to the story on Ms. Ryan’s website!

This second book in Sylvia Ryan’s post-apocalyptic dystopian romantic New Atlanta series is a beacon of love and acceptance, hardship and personal sacrifices, and embracing the courage that lives deep inside yourself. There are no zombies or mutants here, just victimized people whose ancestors survived a harrowing holocaust and now live under the repressive rule which was originally necessary to save the human race from extinction. Being Sapphire makes me feel 10 feet tall as if I’m right there with Jordan in her triumphs, and heartbroken as she struggles to accept the reality of her situation. It has been a long time since a book or series left me – simultaneously – in tears and glowing with pride. Even if you think dystopian is not your thing, you absolutely must read this book (and this series) by Sylvia Ryan. It will lift your spirits and inspire you to become a better you, someone who truly makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

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If you like erotic dystopian romance of the adult post-apocalyptic variety, you may also enjoy Kit Rocha’s Beyond series (starting with Beyond Shame). The O’Kanes rule Sector Four with respect, loyalty, force, and a charm born out of raw sex. This series chronicles the lives of the members of the O’Kane gang as they fight for survival and dominance in a world where things are not always as they seem and civilization is rife for a revolution against an oppressive supposedly-Utopian government. The O’Kanes indulge in life to the fullest, and author team Kit Rocha tells their tales through wit, boundless erotic pleasure – including some tantalizing menage configurations – and hardass men and women determined to protect their own. One of the best erotic romance series I’ve read… ever.

You may also like Lauren Dane’s upcoming Metamorphosis series, set in a post-apocalyptic world similar to New Atlanta except instead of forcing order on the world’s population, people have become drifters who move between settlements at will. The virus which caused the near extinction of the human race also lowered fertility rates and decreased the percentage of baby girls born so much that most adult romantic relationships are formed as triads of two men and one woman. Sadly, the starter story to this series – All That Remains – is only available as part of an out-of-print anthology at the time of this posting and is very difficult to find. For now, see if you can find a copy of the Marked anthology from a friend who managed to snag it during its publication, or follow author Lauren Dane on GoodReads or her website for updates on when this series will be starting up again.

You can find Being Sapphire online at Amazon here.

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davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.

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