Let's face it, the Retreat left us a little bit broken. That ending was ... hard. It seemed like everything they'd done had been for nothing being Romy ended up right back where she started. That's where The Return picks up. Romy is not who she used to be. She's been back in space for a while and can't remember any of the people she left back on her - not even her knot. So when they come for her and smuggle her back to earth, things get a little crazy. By things, I mean Romy. Her slowly returning memories seem to conflict with everything she thinks she knows. Her personality swings from one extreme to the other. As she fights to regain herself, she could lose everything else.
Throw in the betrayal from people she loves an awkwardness with the man who loves her, and the impending destruction of pretty much everything and you have yourself a wild ride.
What I loved: Can I just say words. All of them. Science fiction/dystopian is not my favorite genre to read, but I will read anything Kelly St. Clare writes because it defies genre. The story is about people. It's about relationships and overcoming flaws. No one is perfect in this story. It differs from so many in the genre because the people are very real. They've been given awful circumstances and fight because they have to, not because they're some special person who is supposed to save the world. The only thing that makes anyone better than the others is their heart and their determination.
This series is also intensely funny. I laughed through a good part of it.
What was just okay:
That it ended? That good enough? Honestly, the worst part about this series is that when I finish reading, I have to try to read something else that can't live up to it.
A fun, extremely well-done story full of humor and an enormous amount of heart.