„Proem“ is the prequel of the Nome Chronicles, written by F. F. John. The #cover: It looks beautiful with the violet dress and the silver typeface. By the way, I love the preliminary remarks at the beginning of her novels. ❤ ❤ ❤ This time it is: „proem (n). Meaning: a preface or preamble to a #book or speech; a beginning“. Plot: The novel starts at the party of the Nome Opitz, who are celebrating the joining between Scioness Enyama Damil and Doge Lance Singer. It is a society where looks, ranks and gossip rule and only your family name and Nome decides who you are marrying and what your future career will be. Neith like all the other party goers consist of the Group of Twenty. Then there are the sixty lower houses which are servants and workers. And the last is the districts which nobody visits because there are filled with poor and sick residents. The result is that rebels make the times harder and dangerous. A pairing is more like a business contract between families which should guarantee that the wealth and prestige of the nomes don’t get lost. At this event it becomes clear how Neith likes to use her power and influence to get the latest news from the citizen, to entertain herself by giving an underage girl Pomrose alcohol or by getting special bonus e.g. penny cakes. Net and Bel, her best friend, nearly dies of boredom until they get the secret out of Madina that her sister Adaora actually loves Lance, however the nome of Enyama ranks higher than Adaoras. Besides Neith is thrilled that her own pairing is soon coming up, yet she doesn’t know what will happen in between… What will happen in light of the endangerment through the rebels? Why is Neith changing her opinion, so abruptly? And can Neith really always get what she wants? A thrilling and fast paced dystopia which is only the beginning of the occurrences which will come to pass. It reminds me of the metaphor „the quiet before the storm“. I love the friendship between Bel and Neith and how Bel stands up against the stubborn Neith, although Neith has a higher rank than her. (39 more words. Do you want to #read more? https://goo.gl/maJFmM) #dystopia #bookstagram

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