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In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun. It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun. It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping refugees like herself rebuild in the Colonies. Back in the still devastated Nigeria, Uzo, a young synth, is helping an aid worker, Xifeng, recover images and details of the war held in the technology of destroyed androids. Uzo, Xifeng, and the rest of their team are working to preserve memories of the many lives lost, despite the government’s best efforts to eradicate any signs that the war ever happened. Though they are working toward common goals of helping those who suffered, Ify and Uzo are worlds apart. But when a mysterious virus breaks out among the children in the Space Colonies, their paths collide. Ify makes it her mission to figure out what’s causing the deadly disease. And doing so means going back to the corrupt homeland she thought she’d left behind forever.


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In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun. It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun. It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping refugees like herself rebuild in the Colonies. Back in the still devastated Nigeria, Uzo, a young synth, is helping an aid worker, Xifeng, recover images and details of the war held in the technology of destroyed androids. Uzo, Xifeng, and the rest of their team are working to preserve memories of the many lives lost, despite the government’s best efforts to eradicate any signs that the war ever happened. Though they are working toward common goals of helping those who suffered, Ify and Uzo are worlds apart. But when a mysterious virus breaks out among the children in the Space Colonies, their paths collide. Ify makes it her mission to figure out what’s causing the deadly disease. And doing so means going back to the corrupt homeland she thought she’d left behind forever.

30 review for Rebel Sisters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Rebel Sisters is good but the novel falls below the high standard set by War Girls.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela Garcia

    It's actually 451 pages long. It was better than the first book. And I like how Tocho Onyebuchi includes Today's China. For example, in Xifeng the government treat the Muslims and force them to become "Chineses". Something I liked is the relationship between Ify and Uzo and how they both have each crisis to handle and it can read from each point of view. It's actually 451 pages long. It was better than the first book. And I like how Tocho Onyebuchi includes Today's China. For example, in Xifeng the government treat the Muslims and force them to become "Chineses". Something I liked is the relationship between Ify and Uzo and how they both have each crisis to handle and it can read from each point of view.

  3. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: torture Rebel Sisters is a story about the importance of the past as we move forward. A central question asked throughout the book, is how do we move on from trauma, from wars, from a world that isn't our own anymore. Onyebuchi presents a clever perspective on the future of connectivity and the dangers it could pose. The ways it can be used for knowledge, but also erasure. At the (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: torture Rebel Sisters is a story about the importance of the past as we move forward. A central question asked throughout the book, is how do we move on from trauma, from wars, from a world that isn't our own anymore. Onyebuchi presents a clever perspective on the future of connectivity and the dangers it could pose. The ways it can be used for knowledge, but also erasure. At the same time, Rebel Sisters asks us if people can change, if we are defined by our mistakes, and if we can move on as individuals. Rebel Sisters examines the lies we tell other people, the fake stories we bring forth from the shadows. During the book, it also discuses the role of our past as a person and as a country. How can we strike a balance between recognizing the past, while not being consumed by it? And by our role in the bloodshed. I am consistently fascinated and in awe of Onyebchi's worldbuilding and ideas. Rebel Sisters is no different. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I am in awe of this story fixed my minor issue with the first one and excelled at keeping me on edge. Awe I say. I need to read more Tochi Onyebuchi asap. I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    *3.5* I will admit, not as good as the first one but still such an enjoyable sci-fi. The world building is fantastic and just so imaginative. I love that this is a woman centric story, with strong female mcs. The story for me took a while to get going but once it did... The ending...wow so much was happening and I had so much to take it. It really gripped me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    It’s been too long since I indulged in some #sciencefiction. I’m really glad this is the title that broke my fast. Didn’t realize this was a series when I started this read. But having not read the first did not diminish my reading. I do want to read the first one now as well tho. Good sci-fi uses current cultural and political unrest to create fantasy societies and science that are remarkably relevant. Rebel Sisters does just that and does it so well! You’re going to get colonization, immigrant It’s been too long since I indulged in some #sciencefiction. I’m really glad this is the title that broke my fast. Didn’t realize this was a series when I started this read. But having not read the first did not diminish my reading. I do want to read the first one now as well tho. Good sci-fi uses current cultural and political unrest to create fantasy societies and science that are remarkably relevant. Rebel Sisters does just that and does it so well! You’re going to get colonization, immigrants, oppression, and war. Plus there are eerie, unsettling moments that you only get with Sci-Fi. The descriptions of a too perfect cul-de-sac gave me chills. Finally, I must mention the women in this book made me feel empowered. Definitely recommend! I received an early copy of this title from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Ayala

    Rebel sisters is an epic read following War girls by Tochi Onyebuchi. It was fast paced, heart wrenching and full of twists and turns. I enjoyed this story and the narration just as much as the first book. Powerful and entrancing

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim Butzen-Cahill

    A very strong follow up to War Girls. Everything about this ongoing story is so smart!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ara

    First thing first, lemme thank Fairyloot and Penguin Teen for gifting me an arc of this wonderful tale. Full disclaimer: this is an honest review, I’m no way bias. True to college fashion, I am posting my review at midnight before release🤫 Anyway let's not waste any more time and get to reviewing. This is a book that is meant to be savored. I’m a fast reader. It’s very common for me to finish a 300-page book in a day (maybe two). However, every once and again a book comes along that I must force First thing first, lemme thank Fairyloot and Penguin Teen for gifting me an arc of this wonderful tale. Full disclaimer: this is an honest review, I’m no way bias. True to college fashion, I am posting my review at midnight before release🤫 Anyway let's not waste any more time and get to reviewing. This is a book that is meant to be savored. I’m a fast reader. It’s very common for me to finish a 300-page book in a day (maybe two). However, every once and again a book comes along that I must force myself to fully absorb. And I am happy to say that Rebel Sisters was one. If you don’t know, Rebel Sisters is the sequel to Tochi Onyebuchi’s highly acclaimed War Girls. Which follows girl genius Ify and her older sister Onyi through the trials of the Biafran war. Through a series of events, the sisters end up on opposing sides of the war. If you want to read more about it here’s the link Now, I didn’t like War Girls. There was nothing bad, it was just too character-driven for my taste at that time. There was no exact storyline, the entire book we're just following the journey of Ify and Onyi. Which was fine for the first half of the book, but as soon I passed the halfway mark of the book I started to lost interest. And ultimately I just stopped reading. However, after reading Rebel Sisters, I’m considering going back because this book was simply too good. I truly had a lot of fun reading this book, Tochi killed it. Characters Like War Girls, Rebel Sisters follows two perspectives; instead of Ify and Onyi, this time around we follow Ify and Uzo, a Synth on a quest to recover her past. It’s been four years since the Biafran War, and Ify has now taken refuge in a space colony where she is working to complete her doctor training. She is still haunted by the war, she has lost all the people she once called family. Despite being on her own, she seems to have found some footing, she’s a doctor and a damn good one. And she’s determined to do good in the world. But being a young West African immigrant in White ran colony there’s a lot of passive racism working against her. She doesn’t tell anyone about her past, in fact, she’s become deadset on reinventing herself entirely. Only it’s not as easy as it sounds, she can’t escape who she is and what she’s been through. So when a deadly virus attacks the colony she is forced to return to Nigeria and herself. Ify has very much evolved since the last book, wherein War Girls she was very bright-eyed and naive, in Rebel Sisters she’s become more realist. She sees the world as it is and not as she hopes it be. Not only that, but she’s very much come into her power, she’s not waiting for anyone’s approval or affirmation. But most impressively of all, she’s not hopeless. Given all that she’s been through I would understand if she was, but on the contrary, she’s still set on making the world a better place. Which is all she’s ever wanted. If I liked her in War Girls, I loved her in Rebel Sisters. Uzo is a mystery, she doesn’t know who she is or where she’s from. All she has is a series of memories that don’t belong to her, a deadly skillset she can’t seem to get a handle of, and the name of a girl she can’t remember: Ify. I absolutely loved reading Uzo’s perspective. I don’t want to gush, but girl was bomb. I will say her mystery was predictable, still it was fun watching her unravel herself. Plot Unlike War Girls, Rebel Sisters is very plot driven. Ify must find the cause and thus cure for the virus that rapidly killing children, whereas Again I don’t want to go into the plot because I didn’t read the final version, so I going to speak more on the general theme. This book was a study of memory and trauma. How often we as a society are willing to erase traumatic memories in the aftermath for the sake of appearances. But doing so only hinders our growth. We see that with Ify as she actively trying to erase herself. And Uzo, who has lost her memories and must now spend her life trying to recover. Also, the aftermath of war, in general, is a heavy theme in this book and it was very heart-wrenching. What does one do after fighting a war for years? What does a country after being war-torn for decades? What is the recuperation period? This is often glossed in fiction, but it’s a heavy topic that I hope to see more of. Writing Style Tochi is one of the few writers I have read that has mastered the balance of science and fantasy. Sci-fi as a genre can be very technical at times, all machinery and the jargon can be a headache to keep up with. Yet, not once with Rebel Sisters or War Girls did I feel overwhelmed or intimidated. And understanding how augments and synths work was just Worldbuilding Rebel Sisters is mainly set in a futuristic Nigeria, and thus there’s a prevalent influence of Nigerian culture. Yet, there’s no long exposition on how and why things work. You’re just thrown in, and you just got to roll with. Now, this may be a turnoff for some people, so fair warning; I loved it. I’m not fond of expositional worldbuilding, it can be done well by the right author, but oftentimes it just bogs the story down. As for the Nigerian influence of the story, I loved being immersed in. When it comes to nonwestern cultures there’s a frustrating tendency, particularly in YA, to over-explain everything; food, religion, clothing, you name it they explain it. It’s the unsubtle othering of Black and Brown culture and it irks my soul, you don’t have to tell me what jollof rice is. I appreciate being given the benefit of doubt.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

    In this action-packed sequel to War Girls, Rebel Sisters follows the life of Ify, now a doctor living in the Space Colonies, and Uzo, a young synth helping to preserve the memories of those deceased in Nigeria. Their contrasting lives end up intersecting when Ify has to travel back to Nigeria to find the cure for a virus that is infecting refugee children in her hospital. But when Ify returns to Nigeria, nothing is as it seems. I found this novel to be more captivating than the first. Onyebuchi In this action-packed sequel to War Girls, Rebel Sisters follows the life of Ify, now a doctor living in the Space Colonies, and Uzo, a young synth helping to preserve the memories of those deceased in Nigeria. Their contrasting lives end up intersecting when Ify has to travel back to Nigeria to find the cure for a virus that is infecting refugee children in her hospital. But when Ify returns to Nigeria, nothing is as it seems. I found this novel to be more captivating than the first. Onyebuchi has created two main characters who are intriguing in their own right with complex histories. I was interested to see where the novel would take both Ify and Uzo separately and also how they would come together. It's also great to see how much Ify has grown since the events of War Girls. Years have passed and she's been able to make a whole new life for herself while living with the trauma and abandonment of her past. Uzo has a very unique voice. I like how the author evolved Uzo's voice as she became more self-aware, taking in the world around her and grew into her own person. Onyebuchi is also a master world builder. I didn’t think there would be a lot of world-building in this novel because it's a sequel, but the author had me in awe of the Space Colonies. I felt like a kid watching Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century again with how futuristic everything was. I was also interested in how Nigeria had changed after the war. While the Space Colonies are positioned to be more advanced than Earth, the technology in Nigeria is still something to marvel at. Through this novel, Onyebuchi is able to convey how there is no straight and happy line to recovery after war and devastation. The reality is that some can move forward (not without struggle) and others will be haunted. He is able to demonstrate how shared events can lead to shared trauma, but that no one can be expected to react in the same way. He also has brought in elements of white savior-ism and imperialism, and I appreciate how many parallels can be drawn between what western powers have done during times of war in the past and the events in this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 25% There are some very important, timely themes in this book as it deals with the fallout of war and refugee crises, as well as privilege. However, I just couldn't get into the plot. The main issue was that the second of the two alternating POVs was in first person while Ify's POV was in third. The constant first-third switch was so jarring, even though I knew what was coming. Plus the two I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 25% There are some very important, timely themes in this book as it deals with the fallout of war and refugee crises, as well as privilege. However, I just couldn't get into the plot. The main issue was that the second of the two alternating POVs was in first person while Ify's POV was in third. The constant first-third switch was so jarring, even though I knew what was coming. Plus the two POVs were not linked - I have a suspicion of how they might become linked by the end, but I wasn't going to read to the end to see whether and how they did connect. Then there was the prose style of the second POV - it was in present continuous tense, lots of gerunds. I am doing X, I am making. He is [verb]ing. I think it was a deliberate choice to separate the synths from the human characters, but it feels really passive and removed from the action. It was like have a massive sheet of glass between me and the character because there was this -ing verb strucutre that meant I couldn't get into their head, just observing - which is very rare in a first person set up. This -ing issue also combined with the fact that I think this character was able to absorb memories? I'm not sure exactly what was happening, but I think some of the things they saw were other people's memories? As you can see, I couldn't work it out, and it meant that I couldn't tell if the action was real or other's memories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    2TReads

    After the events of War Girls, Ify seems to be conforming to the environment that is the space colonies, putting all her effort into forgetting her past, her people, where she is from and what she endured; her vengeance, and the ones who meant so much to her and fought for and with her. But even in the colonies where borders and differences should not hinder the acceptance and incorporation of refugees into the communities, familiar racist, prejudicial, ignorant, oblivious white privilege and pra After the events of War Girls, Ify seems to be conforming to the environment that is the space colonies, putting all her effort into forgetting her past, her people, where she is from and what she endured; her vengeance, and the ones who meant so much to her and fought for and with her. But even in the colonies where borders and differences should not hinder the acceptance and incorporation of refugees into the communities, familiar racist, prejudicial, ignorant, oblivious white privilege and practices are very much still present. When Ify is sent back to what remains of Nigeria, political machinations that threaten the collective remembrance of the citizens are in play: erasing memories and rewriting the loss of lives and the course of history, but she is not ready for the level of vulnerability that she believes she is immune to. Onyebuchi has written a story of family, a dying Earth, privilege and social standing all very reminiscent of the world we live in today even centuries into the future. It is clear that human nature will remain the same until individuals make a concerted effort to change. Change in thoughts, our perceptions, harmful rhetoric, and broken communities. The dialogue is rich and the experiences of our characters reach from page to mind and heart, a reimagining of a war that tore a country apart and shone a light on perceived differences that only serve to enrich our environments. We never know as much as we think we do or we think we should. #RebelSisters is that story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aryn

    There are some sequels that can function as stand-alone novels, in my opinion Rebel Sisters is not one of them. Potential readers definitely need to have read and remember War Girls, since much of the plot is about characters dealing with the emotional and physical fallout from the events in the first novel. Ify is now a medical professional in the Space Colonies, working with the refugee population. A mysterious illness has struck refugee children, leaving them comatose and their bodies failing There are some sequels that can function as stand-alone novels, in my opinion Rebel Sisters is not one of them. Potential readers definitely need to have read and remember War Girls, since much of the plot is about characters dealing with the emotional and physical fallout from the events in the first novel. Ify is now a medical professional in the Space Colonies, working with the refugee population. A mysterious illness has struck refugee children, leaving them comatose and their bodies failing. She is sent back down to Nigeria, where she encounters Xifeng, an aid worker trying to preserve the truth of the Biafran War, and Uzo, a synth developing a sense of self. Rebel Sisters makes use of both Ify and Uzo as narrators, which can cause a bit of whiplash for readers. Uzo’s narration is stilted, and while it makes sense in the end, it can be difficult to switch back and forth. It’s a very solid sequel, and I enjoyed reading it - once I reread the first book in the series to remind myself of who everyone was and the details of the plot. A reminder that the wounds of war aren’t healed magically by a cease-fire, and full of relevant commentary on the refugee crisis, climate change, racism, and nationalist movements around the globe. Not a particularly happy story, but there are moments of hope. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This story took place five years after the Biafran War, and we can now see Ify as a high-ranking medical officer who dedicated her life, helping people rebuild the colonies. She was doing fine and all until she has to face the fact that she must go back to the place she has sworn she will not see again to help find what is causing the virus outrage and the cure. It is true that no matter how much you tried to move on and escape the hardship of the past, it will find its way back to you, and this This story took place five years after the Biafran War, and we can now see Ify as a high-ranking medical officer who dedicated her life, helping people rebuild the colonies. She was doing fine and all until she has to face the fact that she must go back to the place she has sworn she will not see again to help find what is causing the virus outrage and the cure. It is true that no matter how much you tried to move on and escape the hardship of the past, it will find its way back to you, and this is a perfect example of that belief. I mean, if it’s not the war we have to deal with, it’s a mysterious virus…sounds like a Deja Vu. Anyway, Ify will cross path with Uzo, who lives in Nigeria and coping with the war’s result. I am mesmerized that even though this book falls under science fiction, there’s also many historical facts. So while we were relearning history and all, we are also presented with innovative probabilities. And the author once again has proven that imagination is endless and powerful. The characters are likable; the plot is brilliant. This is one of those sequels you cannot miss! Thank you so much Penguin Teen / Penguin Young Readers for my review copy in exchanged for my unbiased review!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this great book! Rebel Sisters is the sequel to War Girls, and it continues Ify's story after the events in the first book. Ify is now living in the Space Colonies, and she is struggling to deal with her past in the Biafran War. Ify's story alternates with the story of a synth named Uzo who is living in Nigeria and dealing with the aftermath of the war there. The two storylines converge and the characters ar Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this great book! Rebel Sisters is the sequel to War Girls, and it continues Ify's story after the events in the first book. Ify is now living in the Space Colonies, and she is struggling to deal with her past in the Biafran War. Ify's story alternates with the story of a synth named Uzo who is living in Nigeria and dealing with the aftermath of the war there. The two storylines converge and the characters are intertwined in some interesting and unexpected ways. As in the first book, the worldbuilding is incredible, and in this one, I especially thought that the world of the Space Colonies was incredibly well designed and fleshed out. I enjoyed continuing to get to know Ify, and meeting other characters who were also dynamic and sympathetic. I love the ways that the science fiction elements are intertwined with the real historical elements in this series, and I think it is a great way for readers to learn about the Biafran War, while also enjoying a cool science fiction universe. Highly recommend!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Rebel Sisters checks all the boxes for a basic sci-fi story. Even though I barely remembered the events of War Girls it was easy to fall into this one. I was quickly compelled by Uzo and the writing effortlessly drew me in. But the further I read the more I felt like things were repetitive and nothing was really happening. Except for the rare moments of action, that were so fast-paced and jarring compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. Rebel Sisters was the kind of book that takes you ou Rebel Sisters checks all the boxes for a basic sci-fi story. Even though I barely remembered the events of War Girls it was easy to fall into this one. I was quickly compelled by Uzo and the writing effortlessly drew me in. But the further I read the more I felt like things were repetitive and nothing was really happening. Except for the rare moments of action, that were so fast-paced and jarring compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. Rebel Sisters was the kind of book that takes you out of reality but then shocks you back into it by being so real. The major things the narrative explores are, the effects of war, colonization, immigrants, oppression, healing from past trauma, and what it means to be human. Overall, I didn’t really feel shocked or impressed with anything. The plot was pretty predictable as was the ending. And as much as I tried, I just couldn’t connect to any of the main characters. There was just this remove in the way they were written, as if they were all incomplete in a significant way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Y

    Thank you to penguin teen for giving me this earc for an honest review. After the Biafran war, Iffy is a high ranking medical officer living in the space colonies and is in charge of curing a deadly disease that has put hundreds of people into a coma. Uzo is a synth in Nigeria helping Xifeng collect data on the Biafran war. Their paths end up crossing when Iffy is sent back to her homeland, searching for the answer for the cure of the disease. This book realistically discusses trauma and dealing Thank you to penguin teen for giving me this earc for an honest review. After the Biafran war, Iffy is a high ranking medical officer living in the space colonies and is in charge of curing a deadly disease that has put hundreds of people into a coma. Uzo is a synth in Nigeria helping Xifeng collect data on the Biafran war. Their paths end up crossing when Iffy is sent back to her homeland, searching for the answer for the cure of the disease. This book realistically discusses trauma and dealing with the past. The way this book brings in old characters from the first book and connects them into this book in an intricate web is impressive. The strong female main characters that are both complex and well developed make the story even better. The only problem I had while reading this was the pacing felt a bit off and was hard to follow sometimes. Overall I found this book enjoyable and it was a great addition to the story that was started in War Girls.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Humphrey

    I did not enjoy reading this sequel to War Girls, I think in part because I didn't care for book 1 much. But I did appreciate some of the questions the novel raised: Would it be better to completely forget about a trauma you've experienced, as though it never happened, or better to remember it and move through it? What makes a human "human"? Is it our memories? Our ability to sift through our own thoughts or make meaning from the thoughts of others? I might hand this duology to a student who love I did not enjoy reading this sequel to War Girls, I think in part because I didn't care for book 1 much. But I did appreciate some of the questions the novel raised: Would it be better to completely forget about a trauma you've experienced, as though it never happened, or better to remember it and move through it? What makes a human "human"? Is it our memories? Our ability to sift through our own thoughts or make meaning from the thoughts of others? I might hand this duology to a student who loved A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Rebel Sisters continues the story of Ify and Onyii four years after the events of War Girls. This is a story about moving forward and finding a place - a home - after unspeakable trauma and hardship. Like War Girls, Rebel Sisters took some time to get going. The story was quite interesting through the middle, but then it just kept going. The characters evolve and grow throughout, but there were So. Many. Obstacles. I felt like there were too many climaxes and resolutions before we actually got to Rebel Sisters continues the story of Ify and Onyii four years after the events of War Girls. This is a story about moving forward and finding a place - a home - after unspeakable trauma and hardship. Like War Girls, Rebel Sisters took some time to get going. The story was quite interesting through the middle, but then it just kept going. The characters evolve and grow throughout, but there were So. Many. Obstacles. I felt like there were too many climaxes and resolutions before we actually got to the ending. It kind of made the ending fall flat. The writing is stellar. I love the Onyebuchi’s storytelling and world building. Uzo is one of the most interesting and well written characters I’ve read in a while. I also appreciate how Onyebuchi incorporates real historical events and makes me want to learn more about them. Three stars for fantastic writing and an fair story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I found that, like War Girls, the writing was very good and the world building was really intriguing. However, I didn't feel that the characters were at a bit of a remove - I had a bit of a hard time feeling in touch with even the main cast, and much of the time I didn't feel that they were particularly connected with each other. The pacing also a bit uneven, and I'm not entirely certain that I fully tracked everything that was going on in the plot (perhaps due to the layout?). Overall, it felt I found that, like War Girls, the writing was very good and the world building was really intriguing. However, I didn't feel that the characters were at a bit of a remove - I had a bit of a hard time feeling in touch with even the main cast, and much of the time I didn't feel that they were particularly connected with each other. The pacing also a bit uneven, and I'm not entirely certain that I fully tracked everything that was going on in the plot (perhaps due to the layout?). Overall, it felt like a pretty long way to go to tie up loose ends from the first book, and I had the sense that it was put together from a group of puzzle pieces which happened to fit but didn't really form a coherent picture. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennacheeves

    There is an overwhelming emphasis on trying to make humans perceive robots or synthetic humans as actual human. It's overly repetitive and annoying. There's also the actual repetition of memory in this novel. The author clearly trying to drive home the point that our experience make us human. By far it is pretension. The novel does not compare to War Girls which was filled with complex relationships and immense world building. If I'm not comparing it to the latter to say the least it was bland. There is an overwhelming emphasis on trying to make humans perceive robots or synthetic humans as actual human. It's overly repetitive and annoying. There's also the actual repetition of memory in this novel. The author clearly trying to drive home the point that our experience make us human. By far it is pretension. The novel does not compare to War Girls which was filled with complex relationships and immense world building. If I'm not comparing it to the latter to say the least it was bland. The ending was a want-to-be cliffhanger that doesn't interest me in how the story continues. I was disappointed and wanting more from a author who can provide more. Not sure if I'll continue with the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Alycia

    I definitely don’t think this one was as good as the first book ... I think it’s because I didn’t like Ify as much as the main character of this one. The story started out slower and didn’t pick up until about halfway through for me. It did get really exciting though at points which is why it earned 4 stars. All in all, not as exciting as the first but definitely more of a thinking book. It makes you think about how people are perceived, how unjust things are in the world, and how hard it can be I definitely don’t think this one was as good as the first book ... I think it’s because I didn’t like Ify as much as the main character of this one. The story started out slower and didn’t pick up until about halfway through for me. It did get really exciting though at points which is why it earned 4 stars. All in all, not as exciting as the first but definitely more of a thinking book. It makes you think about how people are perceived, how unjust things are in the world, and how hard it can be to move on from the hurts of the past.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Much like War Girls, this sequel has a lot of potential and a lot of interesting things going on, but it just feels too muddled and too much. It doesn't help that half the story is told from the perspective of this synth robot/human hybrid that only speaks in the present tense and it's not always clear what's happening. It also plays with a lot of deep themes of war and remembering and forgetting and refugees, which is perhaps why I was able to muddle through. Much like War Girls, this sequel has a lot of potential and a lot of interesting things going on, but it just feels too muddled and too much. It doesn't help that half the story is told from the perspective of this synth robot/human hybrid that only speaks in the present tense and it's not always clear what's happening. It also plays with a lot of deep themes of war and remembering and forgetting and refugees, which is perhaps why I was able to muddle through.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margarita (margaritathedrink)

    The sequel to War Girls. I really enjoyed this book along with the first one. I've learned a lot about the history, the characters and I love the world building. I think I enjoyed the first book a little more as this one I felt disconnected with the characters when I didn't in War Girls. Still enjoyed it. The sequel to War Girls. I really enjoyed this book along with the first one. I've learned a lot about the history, the characters and I love the world building. I think I enjoyed the first book a little more as this one I felt disconnected with the characters when I didn't in War Girls. Still enjoyed it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    capricornreader

    CW: violence, war, murder, death (including death of minors), torture, gore, implied sexual assault, epidemic, racism, sexism ⭐ 3+ ⭐ I DNFed this temporarily halfway through but I'm glad I ended up going back to finish it because the last third of this book was the best part, I wish the whole book felt more like that CW: violence, war, murder, death (including death of minors), torture, gore, implied sexual assault, epidemic, racism, sexism ⭐ 3+ ⭐ I DNFed this temporarily halfway through but I'm glad I ended up going back to finish it because the last third of this book was the best part, I wish the whole book felt more like that

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Was sooooo excited to read this one. I adored the first book, absolutely adored it. But this was sloooow and lacked the detail, heartache and compassion the first book had :( Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Was sooooo excited to read this one. I adored the first book, absolutely adored it. But this was sloooow and lacked the detail, heartache and compassion the first book had :(

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    I had issues with this book. Mainly the pace. The skips in the storyline. But I had a lot of trouble with Uzo's pov. As a non-native English speaker, the accent was incredibly difficult to read. It's like my brain short-circuited every time. So, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped. I had issues with this book. Mainly the pace. The skips in the storyline. But I had a lot of trouble with Uzo's pov. As a non-native English speaker, the accent was incredibly difficult to read. It's like my brain short-circuited every time. So, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    This was not as good as War Girls. The dual POV made it twice as hard to get caught up on everything in the story. Uzo's first person present tense robot speak clashed with Ify's third person. The moral lessons were very explicit around racism, xenophobia, immigration, and colonialism. Similarly, very explicit discussion about how to "recover" from war. This was not as good as War Girls. The dual POV made it twice as hard to get caught up on everything in the story. Uzo's first person present tense robot speak clashed with Ify's third person. The moral lessons were very explicit around racism, xenophobia, immigration, and colonialism. Similarly, very explicit discussion about how to "recover" from war.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A C

    4.5 rounded up. This was. So good. And it gave such a nuanced, rounded view of war and how sometimes (many times) there are no right answers about what should be done, and what to do to help people. There's just no good choices and this book portrayed that in such an excellent manner, I cannot recommend this dualogy enough, it is so good. 4.5 rounded up. This was. So good. And it gave such a nuanced, rounded view of war and how sometimes (many times) there are no right answers about what should be done, and what to do to help people. There's just no good choices and this book portrayed that in such an excellent manner, I cannot recommend this dualogy enough, it is so good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    grace :)

    i can’t express in words just how heartbreaking and powerful and thought-provoking this book was. it covered so many current injustices and centered on trauma and memory and how people live on after experiencing great atrocity and violence.

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