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War Girls

(War Girls #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,930 ratings  ·  583 reviews
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,
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Hardcover, 451 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Razorbill
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Katie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It reeeeally bums me out to see people give up on War Girls or rate it poorly because they weren't familiar with the Nigerian Civil War and the history related to Biafra.



Honestly, this reflects poorly on reviewers as a whole, given that the vast majority of GR reviewers (and reviewers with this particular complaint) are white and Western. We need to do better.

If you find yourself confused or disinterested simply because you're not familiar with the Nigeria/Biafra conflict, before you DNF, try:

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Julie
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m ashamed to admit that I went into reading WAR GIRLS knowing almost nothing about the Nigerian Civil War that ravaged the country in the late 1960s, following a declaration of secession and resulting in the displacement and death by famine of countless millions.
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I held my breath through much of this book. It’s the story of two sisters, Onyii and Ify, who find each other on opposite sides of a devastating war, and explores the way violence ripples through lives, particularly those of c
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♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
*clutches book to chest and strokes the cover lovingly whilst crooning under my breath all the love songs I can think of*
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I read Tochi Onyebuchi's debut Beasts Made of Night and thought his African focused story was something the book community needed. So when I saw he decided to make the plunge into a sci-fi dystopia type of African story I knew I needed to check it out!!

And the cover totally does it justice... its gorgeous!! I'm not a fan of live faces on covers but it totally works for this (even though they could have taken it farther and given of Onyi
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Deborah Obida
War Girls has lots of potential to be a great book but in my opinion it wasn't well utilised. Despite being a dystopian book, it's the first of it's kind, not only does it has black characters it is also set in Nigeria, that makes it the first dystopian book set in western Africa that I know of. I really wanted to love it but at the end of the day it was just another average book.

Here are my reasons
-The pacing was terrible, not only was there multiple time jumps of years apart but there was fl
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Erin
Received through Bookish. com

I was so excited to read War Girls. I thought War Girls was going to be a fun, action packed story about two Black girls kicking ass.

What I got was a boring repetitive story that meandered and never really accomplished anything.

2 stars because the first 100 pages were great but the book just fell apart after that.

No rec.
Justine
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
This was a book that I thought had a great premise, and I wanted so much to love it. But, there was something about the writing which failed to engage me as a reader. I didn't mind that the chapters are presented in alternating POV's as the two main characters (Ify and Onyii) have such integrated journeys, but I think maybe the present tense perspective did not work well for me.

Present tense can be tricky. In theory it can make the reader feel closer to the character, but I find that ironically
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Lindsay
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In 2167 Nigeria is rent by a new civil war that mirrors the Biafran War of 200 years earlier. Onyii is one of a group of female former child soldiers who oversee a camp of refugees from the war including her adoptive sister Ifeoma (Ify). When Ify accidentally draws an attack on the camp by Nigerian soldiers the whole group is plunged back into the civil war. In this case that means Ify going to the Nigerian side because of her ethnic background and Onyii returning to her life as the dreaded mech ...more
Silvana
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to read about Africanfuturism
The novel is a commentary not only on the 1967-1970 Biafran War in Nigeria but also the wars ravaging Africa in the 90s and 2000s. Child soldiers, millions of displaced people, and a zillion more human rights violation including the loss of human lives. The novel also tells about what happened after the so-called peace accord was signed. From history in many parts of the world, the end of wars left many disenfranchised people, borders determined by foreign powers, dawning of a different type of ...more
✨Brithanie Faith✨
3.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.5


ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Set in a futuristic, Black Panther inspired Nigeria, War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi is the story of two sisters, Onyii and Ify, who- despite being torn apart by war, dream of peace and a future where they can be together, and they're willing to do just about anything to make that happen!

This novel wastes no time jumping straight into the action! When it comes to the first book in a series I'm usually not the biggest
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Adah Udechukwu
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War Girls is s five star novel. It has a great plot, great theme, great everything. The novel was awesome and action-packed. I feel there should not be a book 2. The novel shouldnt have been a series. I liked how it ended.
Holly (The GrimDragon)
"We have tried peaceful protest,” Ngozi continues. “We have tried marching. We have tried registering even those Igbo in the hinterlands to vote in the elections.” She speaks not like she’s reciting from an article or from some downloaded history but from life experience. She speaks like someone whose parents argued politics over the table at family dinners, like someone who was carried in her father’s arms during those peaceful marches. She speaks like someone who knew a period before war. Befo ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
With strongly developed female characters, world building that is readily imaginable, and a plot that keeps the reader engaged War Girls is a tale that I would have loved to have read as a teen.

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

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The Captain
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  With an awesome cover and cool premise, I thought for sure that I would love this one.  Instead it was very uneven.

The story is a dystopian sci-fi drawn from the Nigerian and Biafra civil war of the 1960s.  It takes place in 2172 after the planet has been decimated from climate change.  The lucky ones have made it to space but the rest are back on Earth, struggling to survive.  At first the two main characters, Onyii and Ify live in a hidden camp of girls in Biafra.  Ify's
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Sophie
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
Thank you to the publishers for providing a free copy of this book!

3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this book, it’s like a futuristic version of Black Panther inspired by the Nigerian civil war. Reading the author’s note at the end made me feel truly touched by his intentions, and I think that a lot of the metaphors (about how the children basically become machines used to kill, much like how child soldiers were forced to fight in real life) worked out well, and of course the struggle with loved ones being
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Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼Blacktranslivesmatter
LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS COVER! This is going to be fucking amazing!
Natalie
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a teaser of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

***TEASER COPY - NOT FULL BOOK REVIEW***.
From the short teaser I read, the book sounds quite confusing and very tech filled. I enjoyed the full cast of females who seem to be warriors and am interested in how the book will progress, unfold and lead to. I'm curious to know if there are any males in this book and why there isn't if there is not.
This is a book I want to read all of just the fi
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Toya (the reading chemist)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took every fiber in my being not to yell ‘Wakanda Forever’ while reading this book. When a book is toted a Black Panther inspired Nigeria, I just can’t help myself. Black Panther is one of my all-time favorite movies.

War Girls has a futuristic setting with the inspiration for the plot is being pulled from the savage civil war that was waged in Nigeria during the 1960s. That being said, you don’t need to be well versed or even have prior knowledge of this war to appreciate this beautifully spu
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BookNightOwl
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beautiful cover but this book wasnt for me. I loved the beginning of the book. I liked the idea of the book. Set in the future there is a war going on in this country. I liked the female cast of soldiers and the fighting. But there came a part of the book where I just got to confused with what was going on and eventually lost interest. I was really disappointed. Wanted to love it.
Ashley Marie
Well that ending broke my heart. And Tochi's author's note was beautiful.

I still think I might have had an easier time with a hard copy of this book; I loved Adepero Oduye's narration, but I felt myself zoning in and out at various times. I tend to drag myself into sci-fi books kicking and screaming, and then I end up mostly enjoying myself. Such was the case here. I'll probably track down an ebook or physical copy of book 2.

If you're a fan of Shuri, I think you'll love Ify and Onyii.
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Andy
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a story.

This is a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, but also a bit of historical fiction. War Girls tells the story of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war, but framed in a future conflict. Climate change has wrecked the world, and only the lucky people have escaped to space. Radiation poisons the land, and people commonly gain bionic limbs and artificial organs in order to combat that. Two siblings: Onyii and Ify lived peacefully in the forest, with the other War Girls until they're separated. Onyii
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Lois
I truly loved this novel. I reread it multiple times. I hate books that in any way deal with war or soldiers but this was so elegantly done.
Be familiar with the Biafran War before you read this. I loved Half of a Yellow Sum by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie so I had a passing familiarity. Even the wikipedia article will be enough but try to understand what happened historically before reading this.
Anja H.
Jul 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
"Black Panther–inspired Nigeria."
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*adds to list*
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Lata
3.5 stars. This was a difficult book to get through. Tochi Onyebuchi tells a story of female child and teen soldiers against a backdrop of a brutal war in the future between Nigeria and Biafra. The author uses the actual war that occurred in the 1960s, and his family’s experiences to flesh out this story.
The story is told through Onyii, a terrifying Biafran teen soldier, and Ifeoma, Ify, her younger, adopted sister. There is plenty of violence throughout the story, and we see people on both side
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Kelly
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Review originally published at Fantasy Literature.

Onyii is a battle-hardened soldier, weary of war.

She’s 15.

Her adopted sister, Ify, is even younger and a budding tech genius. The two live in a rebel compound of Biafran girls, hidden by a signal dampener from the Nigerian government. Tochi Onyebuchi gives the reader a little quiet time in the camp, to meet the characters and learn about the technologies they use — and then the camp is discovered, and a riveting battle scene begins. On
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz


I received an ARC of WAR GIRLS are BookExpo 2019!

I met Tochi ass BookExpo this year and though I wasn't familiar with his previous works he was incredibly fun to talk to and was down to earth. He was also super excited to talk with everyone who was on his signing line and made sure that everyone was able to have their moment to talk to him. I didn't know about War Girls until the cover reveal and ever since then I KNEW that I just had to rea
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USOM
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War Girls is one of those books which builds up with an intensity. From the beginning I was hooked, but as I kept turning the pages, I fell more and more in love with the story and the characters. War Girls is a story about the consequences of war and the road to peace. War Girls is, unsurprisingly, a story about war. The children who look up to the sky and see the shadows of drones. Built on the historical conflict of the Nigerian Civil War, War Girls is a powerful book that refuses to let us w ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
First things first I knew nothing about the Nigerian Civil War of the 1960s before going into this novel. I was really impressed by the first by the first 100 pages, but after that it really started to lose steam for me. I wasn't nearly as interested in the two characters and actually started to get bored. Perhaps I should have read the print edition rather than listen to the audiobook. ...more
Miranda
Why has no one mentioned there's some queer rep in here? Onyii has a relationship with another girl later on in the book. And it's not like it isn't an important part of her character or a thing that isn't focused on much. It's part of her impetus in the last act of the book.

Full RTC.
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Stacie
Ever read a book that you thought would've been more effective as a movie? That's what happened here. It was mostly action, and I think this story would've been better suited for a visual medium because of that.

I'm all for a futuristic Nigeria as the setting. That was pretty cool. Bonus points for incorporating commentary on the Nigerian Civil War. Haven't heard much about that before, so it was interesting to look into it and learn something new. Without a doubt, that historical tie-in was the
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Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Beasts Made of Night, its sequel Crown of Thunder, War Girls, and the upcoming Riot Baby, forthcoming from Tor.com in January 2020. He has graduated from Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’études politiques with a Masters degree in Global Business Law.

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“Peace is not given,” Ngozi says in a voice as hard as the metal of an Igwe. “It is taken. For so long, they have visited violence upon us. It never starts with machetes. It starts with shutting the Igbo out of government. Then it becomes giving all the good jobs to the Hausa andthe Fulani and the Yoruba. Then we are accused of crimes we do not commit. Called animals. They say we infest this country. Then we become the reason the Sahara grows larger and more and more of Nigeria turns to desert. We are blamed for the drought. We are blamed for the radiation. Then we are thrown in jail. Then we are murdered.” 1 likes
“We have tried peaceful protest,” Ngozi continues. “We have tried marching. We have tried registering even those Igbo in the hinterlands to vote in the elections.” She speaks not like she’s reciting from an article or from some downloaded history but from life experience. She speaks like someone whose parents argued politics over thetable at family dinners, like someone who was carried in her father’s arms during those peaceful marches. She speaks like someone who knew a period before war. Before it all turned to violence. “You do not meet hate with love. Some will say that when a hateful person makes you hate, they win. But those people will never say what exactly it is that that hateful person wins. They will say that if you resist hate and meet it with love, that you win. But they never tell us what we win. We see with our eyes. We see that the only thing we win is death by machete. Isolation. Massacre.” Her frown deepens. “They did this” 1 likes
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