War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
Reviewed by Linz
Picked up an ARC of this bad boy at ALA. Thanks to Razorbill/Penguin and Tochi Onyebuchi for the chance to read it! This goes on sale Oct. 15 and you can buy it here or at your local independent bookstore.
What it’s about: SWEEPING scifi epic about two girls during civil war in Nigeria
What I drank: a champions worth of oktoberfest beer. this poiny keg isnt gonna drink tiself.
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.
In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.
Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.
And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.
Drunk thoughts (spoiler free):
- UHM MIND BLWON
- the world building is BONKERS good, combinging a climnate change ravbaged world w insanely coll advanced technolgy. i get why a lot of poeople are refercing balck panther when talking about this book
- the charaters are soo developed and realized. onyii is a soldier for the rebel Biafran army, so you know her life is fucked up and she is gonna sturggle to find some kinda normal, and then we get Ify, onyii’s little “sister” and one major incident ests them both on two wildly differnt but similar courses that just like…it’s so heavy but sooooooo good
- this is like some les miz/count of motne cristo sweeping saga epicness, the twists and path corssing work really weel for the most part (no spoilers, there’s a character who comes in later and i get why she’s needed but how she fits in felt cluncy to my)
- the writing blew my mind, how the voices of these girls we re caputured so well, how the descriptivesness made this world so ALIVE in my head. off to add moreOnyebuchi books to ym tbr and then cry about how many more books to read
- i literally know nothiong about the nigerian civil war, whcih onyebuchi drew from while rwiting this book. i’m not gonna say i’m embarrased i don’t know bc look guys world history is a joke inthe US. and i’m still trying to educate ymself on flipino history (and im half filipinoo), iAM t gonna say that no shit im gonna go lear more about the nigerain civil war and im glad when people write a book that makes me say “yes i willgo educate myself furhter on this topic”
- YOOOOO THERE IS A SECOND BOOK COMING. I AM READY BUT NOT READY FOR IT BECUASE I”M STILL PROVESSING THE ENDING.
What I gave it: 4/5 stars and an emitionally rabaged heart
What I’d pair it with: the blood of mine enemies? tears of revenge and regret? probably palm wine, whivh is mentioned in the book. (also i looked up palm wine and Science says “the wine is consumed in a variety of flavors, from sweet unfermented to sour, fermented, and vinegary.” so all, the floavoers, which pairs w all the feelings i had reading this)