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Rebel Seoul

(Rebel Seoul #1)

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  201 reviews
When Jaewon is assigned to partner with supersoldier Tera in Neo Seoul’s top weapons development division, he must decide where he stands: with the people his rebel father protected or with the totalitarian government that claims it will end all war.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 14th 2017 by Tu Books
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Axie Oh Hi! Thank you for your question! The book is still in the early stages of production and will most likely have a change of title, but to answer your…moreHi! Thank you for your question! The book is still in the early stages of production and will most likely have a change of title, but to answer your question, the main project in the novel is named after Amaterasu, the sun goddess of Japan, by the original creator of the project, a Japanese scientist hired by the Korean government. (less)
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Oh my gosh - more people need to be talking about this book. IT WAS SO GOOD! Easily one of the best releases this year. Warcross fans - where you at?!



Think of it like this. All the cool fast-paced futuristic/gamer vibes of Warcross but set in Seoul, South Korea. But don't dismiss this book if you aren't normally one for sci-fi or dystopian stories. There's something for everyone - I'm talking action, romance, friendships, drama, EMOTIONAL TRAUMA - and the story-telling is phenomenal (easy to fol
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Love is a country. It’s vast and endless and full of an unbreakable hope. Maybe this love is a love that’s worth dying for, I don’t know. All I know is that it’s worth living for, again and again.

Rebel Seoul is a romantic dystopian novel set in futuristic South Korea where war wages in different states. This has been pegged as, "Pacific Rim meets Korean action drama." It's similar to Pacific Rim in a way, it's set in a world where war is their norm. Like Jaegars, they have invented a mankind dev
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Janella Angeles
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“K-drama meets Pacific Rim” is an all too awesome and accurate description for REBEL SEOUL—Axie Oh’s super anticipated sci-fi, which perfectly combines the adrenaline of an epic thrill ride with healthy amounts of heart, hurt, and at times, humor! She sets the scene in the militaristic, brutal Neo Seoul, a tech-driven, divided world that’s ruled by war against outside powers and the powerful forces within its very city. The compelling backdrop will leave you haunted just as much as the characte ...more
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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I've got to lead with the fact this is MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017 SO FAR!!

Set in a future war torn Korea, Lee Jaewon has scraped and clawed to become the best runner at the academy. In a world where your battle prowess determines your status his only desire is to escape his roots, as the abandoned son of a rebel and an ex-gang member. Recruited by a weapons development division after his high profile friend Alex handpicks him, Jaewon is shocked to
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Cindy
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a delightful and action filled read! hard to choose
my favorite elements from REBEL SEOUL: Oh's great
world building or her wonderfully flawed characters
with their complicated relationships and dynamics. hoping
very much for sequel!
✨    jamieson   ✨
"Maybe this love is a love that's worth dying for, I don't know. All I know is that it's worth living for, again and again


I was very excited to read Rebel Seoul, which was pitched as a blend of Pacific Rim and Korean Dramas. I've seen lots of hype for this book, especially from Korean reviewers and so I was very excited to get an arc of this book. Although I didn't love Rebel Seoul, I still liked it. I still really appreciate the ownvoices elements of the story and the setting. Unfortunately,
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Nafiza
/dead

So utterly brilliant. Add it to your TBRs. Longer review on The Book Wars nearer to the release date.
Yodamom
Fast paced, science fiction, future world, put the cost of war and humanity in question. Genetically engineered soldiers, scheming government, greedy gangs and school drama all play into this future world. The story follows a young man as he tries to overcome his backstory while finding a place in the future. He is betrayed, beaten, and has a past that could take it all from him if found out. A YA story, with fade to black sex scenes.
I really enjoyed this book. The author stayed true to her Kor
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Rebel Seoul has been pitched as k-drama meets Pacific Rim, but take that comparison with a bit of salt. Whilst this book certainly has elements of both, its vibe and narrative is something of its own.

- Most compelling of the book is Jaewon, the reluctant hero, solider, and MC of the story. There's something refreshing about an individual who is caught on both sides and doesn't 'embody' the war rhetoric of either side. -
- Moreover, Jaewon's reluctance lends the story an insightfulness rare in st
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Amanda Foody
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cult
This book was the perfect blend of heart-pounding action and fully realized, endearing, amazing characters, all in the vividly described background of futuristic Seoul. A must-read addition to your YA sci-fi collection.
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

What a wild and fun ride! While I wanted to devour this book in one sitting, I wasn’t able to, but I don’t really mind. I enjoyed it and savored it. It’s incredibly unique and unlike anything I’ve read in a long while.

First off, let me say that I am automatically a huge advocate of this book. This is written by a Korean author, and the setting of the book takes place in futuristic Korea. For me, reading this book felt like coming home. Not that I’ve ever been to South Kor
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Ava
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant and Axie is brilliant and EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS BRILLIANT.

REBEL SEOUL is the story of Lee Jaewon, an ex-gang member, set in futuristic, war-torn Seoul, with a wonderful cast of side characters and A+ explorations of friendship, romance, and family.

I can't recommend it enough.
Aila
“Only countries destroy other countries. Only selfishness breeds selfish actions. Without nationhood, there is no war. Without nationhood, there is only peace. Unity in all things; humanity above monstrous division.”

Step into a dazzling, yet conflicting world where war propaganda runs rampant, and the Eastern Asian countries have come together to form a Neo Alliance that may do more harm than not. From the first person perspective of Jaewon, an ex-gang member from Old Seoul that’s torn between t
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Julie
This book is a masterpiece from beginning to end. I'll be the first to admit that I've never seen Pacific Rim (one of the comps for REBEL SEOUL) because I'm just not into that hard sci-fi with machinery and gadgets and weapons. But Oh drew me into her intricately detailed, beautifully written world of a futuristic, unsettled Korea from the very first page. Each character had layer upon layer of depth; the main character in particular was well-drawn and multi-faceted. Everyone had a specific moti ...more
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Rebel Seoul is Pacific Rim meets Kdramas. It has action, big robots, human weapons, gangs, deceit and secrets, a dystopian Seoul + setting, and a main character who is amazing and Soft and strong and confused and has so many things inside.

I already sobbed with Axie about all my favorite scenes and my favorite characters. The best thing about this book is the characters and they drive this story. Lee Jaewon, Alex, Ama, Tera, Young, Sela ~ everyone is so epic and iconic and contribute in this boo
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Meg
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very excited for Kiss Kiss Robot Robot

UPDATE: Very impressed with Kiss Kiss Robot Robot and HIGHLY recommend. Axie is a wizard with words.
Simi Sunny
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At last, I've completed the book! It took me a while since I had been busy with stuff, but I managed to read the whole book. My mind was blown away about the plot, it's nothing that I expected after reading the synopsis.

At least there some action and little less drama, which I love the most. I would definitely recommend a book to someone who is more into action than drama, even if there's a hint of it.

The purpose of the book is to fight want you want for, even if it means for the sake of the o
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Shenwei
I'm drowning in feels halp 😭😭😭
Rosalyn Eves
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun YA sci-fi world, both beautiful and brutal. After an orphaned childhood, Lee Jaewon has finally hit his stride in an elite military school, where he's being groomed for a high-level military position in the war against Korean nationalists. But when he's given the task of guarding a young woman, Tera, who's an elite weapon for the military, he begins to reimagine the future he's already seen for himself. I'll admit that sci-fi is not always my first genre, but Oh does such a g ...more
Kristy Mauna
My love for this book is real and I will never stop recommending it to everyone.

*This review will just be all my random thoughts +fangirling so if you'd like to read a more well written review then refer to my post on Bookstacked here !!!*

"Sleep," she says, "and when you wake, everything will be better. I promise."
I frown. How can she promise something like that?
"It's a promise to myself," Ama whispers. "That one day, he'll wake to a world better than the one he fell asleep in."


THIS BOOK IS TH
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michelle (magicalreads)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars

well.
kai jiang
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beyond-words
OK, SO I LIKED ADORED THIS BOOK TO PIECES, WHY DID IT HAVE TO GO AND END??? (RTC)
K
I AM FEELING ALL EMOTIONS EVER INVENTED EVER! :sob emoji:

Okay, I'm back and I've stopped sobbing.

This is one of my favorite books of 2017! I'm an avid Young Adult and Science Fiction reader and I'd say a handful of books have checked off all my boxes for a great story. Rebel Seoul just joined those books. It's a book that has the world building, technology, and bad-ass action scenes that everyone seeks in a Science fiction, but it also has layered and meaningful relationships, character developm
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Glaiza
*Update: Just finished and all the feels. A thoughtful dystopian novel.

I read Rebel Seoul for the LitCelebrAsian book club - Pacific Rim meets K-Drama, join us!

*Update 2: Catch up on the Asian Lit Chat questions here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Justine Winans
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Seoul is absolutely amazing. Couldn't put it down. Well, I had to put it down a couple of times but I guarantee it was very reluctantly and put me in a bad mood. The pacing is delicious, the characters are intriguing and the writing is beautiful.

I wish I actually had more to say but at the moment I'm just thinking about how much I enjoyed it, and I can only say "it's awesome, buy it" in so many ways.
Amanda
This story of a city filled with people at war with enemies and their own natures lures you in and casually sinks a knife in your heart to carve out a space for reflection, sorrow, growth, and hope. The relationships at the heart of this book feel so true to life and their fights for freedom consume you with their fervor. I laughed and cried reading this, and when I finished it I felt understood and inspired. A fast-paced adventure filled with raw energy!
Sana
Apr 07, 2017 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, I want to read this solely because of the mentions of 'lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war' and Pacific Rim but eh at YA sci-fi
Sabrina
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, my-reviews
Some of my favourite quotes from this book (because there were SO many):

"'My death is my own.' She whispers. 'The light of the sky reaches me. It passes through my soul, and I am made of light.'
'Be at peace, daughter,' the Director says, his finger on the trigger.
She closes her eyes. 'Even in heaven,' she says, her voice clear, triumphant. 'Even in heaven will I love my country.'"


"'Did you hear them?' Ama whispers. 'They called me a monster.'
'If you're a monster,' Tera says slowly, 'then I'll b
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Narra
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's a clear 4 star rating for me. It would have been higher if not for the last few chapters of the book.

I'll upload a detailed review soon
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