Five Star Review of Grapes of Rome (first posted review)
Growing up in time of war
By SteveDali69 on November 2, 2015
I have never read what is classified as YA before. The closest that I may have come to it was “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and I was assigned to read it in high school. I didn’t really care for it. Now, with that being said, I do have to say that I enjoyed Remmy Meggs’ pre-Imperial Roman novel, “Grapes of Rome”. I may be a bit biased because I had read this book in an earlier incarnation on his website.
This final product by Mr. Meggs is much more polished than the first version that I read. The main character, Dante, the 12-year old son of a consul and Senator, is very charming and practical in the way that he responds to situations that he finds himself in. While in times of peace, Dante gives his child side free rein, while, when faced with war and rebellion, Dante resorts to the lessons that his Greek tutor taught him. He is caught in a war with himself as things become more traumatizing for a child his age. He does have friends around him, mostly child-slaves and relatives, who help him make some sense of the things that he experiences, but in the end, it is Dante who must integrate his experiences within himself in order to be the man that must do what is necessary in order to survive the times that he lives in.
Mr. Meggs’ characters are very well developed and the pace of the story is steady. I believe that this book will appeal to its target audience, mainly teen boys, but hopefully, teen girls will find it just as interesting. Mr. Meggs has developed a story which educates and entertains at the same time. I highly recommend “Grapes of Rome” as a “must read” at home and in schools. It is far more enjoyable to read than “Lord of the Flies”, believe me!
5 of 5 stars