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Don't miss this exclusive original story straight from award-winning author E.C. Myers and RWBY's head writers, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna!

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Ooh Baby a Triple

Myers has done it again, with all three RWBY novels being absolutely amazing rides.

Whatever your thoughts on Neo and Roman prior to the novel, the opinions will become incredibly more positive if you were to listen to or read the story. What were originally characters only beloved for their looks and personas are made far more in depth by going into their histories. While I was more excited to learn about Neo going into the novel, Roman's side certainly captivated me more, though I can't say I'm complaining about either side at all. Neo's inner monologue works fantastically well in written format, and EC Myers did amazingly at capturing Roman's personality. There's a slight loose end between the novel's ending and a situation in the show proper, though not enough of one to detract from the quality of the story, or to make me think it can't be reasonably filled in through context clues or CRWBY statements. With everything that's happening in present-day RWBY show proper, this story was a bit refreshing with its more down to earth feel, which isn't to criticize present-day show proper at all since it's the best it's been thus far, it's just that it's nice to have a change.

I still feel like the decision to put Neo's origins into a novel is odd. Everyone who watches the show would agree she's the biggest mystery, but not everyone who watches consumes the side content like the novels. I don't know that the show will go over anything in the novel, seeing as how Myers wasn't allowed to do other things in the previous novels (i.e. a good luck Semblance) since the show was going to cover it. As much as I loved the story, that's a slight annoyance and worry I have, though not enough to detract from the overall quality as is.

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Pretty good, not great

I basically listen to it in one go. And it was pretty OK. It didn't feel like the writer quite had a grasp of the characters they were writing. Switching perspectives each chapter did help cover that up, but it's still there.

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Neo and Roman: Partners in Crime

A fantastic story about the rise of Vale's biggest crime lord, and his partner.

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🥰

i loved these characters in the show. i love them even more now. more please.

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Amazing!

I loved it! Neo is my favorite character of all time!! I need more!

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Actually good.

it's hard to believe this book is from the same show. smartly written and actually respectful to handicap. little short.
hopefully this gets a part 2

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neopolitan

best character ever in the rwby series. seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen there.

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Trivia Vanille's (Neo's) Tragic Backstory

Amazing book, good story, awesome character.
When I got into RWBY again in October of this year, Neopolitan quickly became my favorite character. This sassy, mute, and mysterious girl has an impact on me. When I watched the series in 2016, she wan't exactly my top favorite, but seeing RWBY now, she is. So when I found out that this mysterious girl has a backstory, I wanted to read this book!

In my opinion, the story seems a little to elementary. It is implied that Trivia (Neo) is abused, her father shakes her violently out of anger in Ch. 1, and her parents essentially keep her trapped like Rapunzel. I feel this was meant to target a younger audience (it is published by Schoolastic) but I feel that a more mature take on Trivia's abuse would have strengthened the character development. The series is popular with teens and adults, and I feel they could have taken this — the show is more mature than the book. Story also seems a bit cliché at times, but this is RWBY after all.

I would recommend this book, especially if you are a big Neopolitan fan. I have a paper copy, but Audible really helps me with reading.

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What an outstanding backstory

I already liked Roman and Neo, but this gave me so much of a deeper appreciation for them now, and now I feel really bad for Neo

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Great Book

Explains the dastardly duo's backstory, what more could you want? It's great love the dynamic between Roman and Neo, along with Roman's whole story from young thug to mastermind criminal and Neos story from a quiet little girl to unshackle mayham and trickery.
Biggest issue I had with it was the VA, I myself didn't really enjoy the male voices, being annoying at times.

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Great for fans of the show

If you enjoy RWBY (whether that's just the first few volumes or if you're still enjoying the newest volumes), this book is a great read. It fleshes out not only Roman and Neo, but several other minor characters. And reading this book makes me even more excited to see what RWBY Volume 9 and beyond does with Neo.

Vilinsky also does a great job of impersonating the characters' voices and nailing their personalities in her tone; I've never been great with imagery but when I listen to her performance I can imagine the book in my mind as vividly as the show. It's an amazing experience.