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 outfit ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
A scifi in Nigeria?? About two sisters and their bond?! WHAT?! My heart has dropped! This is freaking awesome, maybe I am biased because I'm Nigerian, but damn! I love how there is so much more diversity coming out in the literary world the past few years. The young girl inside of me that dreamed of reading stuff like is squealing!
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As you’d surmise from the title, we have war and we have girls. The setting is Africa--specifically a war between Biafra and Nigeria. The year is 2172. Our two main viewpoint characters are Iffy and Onyii. The back cover calls them sisters, but their relationship is almost more mother-daughter. Onyii is fiercely protective of the younger Iffy. A surprise Nigerian attack on their camp leads to their separati ...more
At the beginning, I was absolutely enthralled with War Girls. The first hundred pages hooked me. The characters were interesting and the world building was fascinating. A lot of science fiction coming out these days feels copy/pasted. The language and setting feel the same – that’s not the case with War Girls.
The scien ...more
I love what this book stands for. Generally, I think science fiction featuring people of color is something we need more of. I love the plot and story of this book, seeing the sisters Onyii and Ify be separated by warring countries and attempt to reconfigure the biases told by their native countries about the opposing one.
However, I will admit that there ...more
If you just want to read my review, then scroll down ⬇. But I’m going to go off on a small tangent here first, because I feel like I should explain myself:
So as previously mentioned, I read this book backwards (literally). I started at the end and read each chapter in reverse order 🤪 (don’t judge me, I had my reasons). Admittedly, this was an experiment. Partially because I was just curious. Primarily because of the way I read, I often find myself rereading ...more
This middle grade Afro sci-fi novel left me feeling two different ways. On one hand, I thought it very expertly handled a lot of important and difficult topics, from state and sectarian violence and the legacy of colonialism to predatory resource extraction, detention, incarceration, and bio-augmentation. It's important for diversity in a field that can be sorely lacking in it, and it's got an inte ...more
i hope tochi has brushed up on his writing since beasts made of night. and this book BETTER not have a n y romance in it. i just want two girls having a fun hecking time
DNF @ 23%
Unfortunately, I really didn’t like this book. From the first page, I felt like it wasn’t going to be my type of story but I wanted to give it a try. So I gave it 100 pages before I couldn’t do it anymore.
I’m very sad because I did have high hopes for this book. With the “Black Panther-inspired Nigeria” and the GORGEOUS cover, I had every hope in the world to love this. But I just didn’t.
I didn’t care about any of the characters, the ...more
Based on the Nigerian Civil War, WAR GIRLS is the story of Onyii, a child soldier in the Biafran Army, and Ify, a girl who is for all intents and purposes her sister. The novel spans years as the girls navigate the war, their own relationships, and the world as they know it. It’s horrible and beautiful and moving as the reader follows the girls coming of age in a world that seems determined to fall apart. ...more
War Girls follows Onyii and Ify two sisters in a war torn world. The book takes place in 2172 where there was a nuclear war. I honestly had such high hopes for this book, especially because the cover is so beautiful and looks promising.
I didn’t like this book as much as I had hoped. I love anything and everything fantasy, and I was very excited to read about a futuristic world that has been through so much. I honestly had so ma ...more
Onyebuchi's novel is epic, rich science fiction. The characters and the world-buildi ...more
Wow, this novel is filled with action that starts from the first chapter, when they hunt for rations then intensifies from there until the shocking end. The pilot military scene with Onyii is my favorite part. I also loved the fantastic technical world building, blew my mind, multiple times I found myself uttering, "wow."
The added realistic element about the Nigerian Civil War, made me ponder about wars we don't know about, hidden in our ...more
The author shines a light on a part of history I had no idea about. I think for those like myself who are not familiar with the Nigerian Civil War, the story might be confusing when it comes to the two factions.
The writing was amazing as was the world building looking at the two factions and how di ...more
This book is a story unlike any other I've read. While the novel tells the story of the Nigerian Civil War through robots, mechs, kick butt ladies, it also tells a story of the horrors of war and how nobody wins. Onyii takes on so much physical and emotional pain as she fights for her people.
Onyii and Ify are heartbreaking characters on so many levels. Separated due to war, Onyii becomes inconsolable about the loss and turns to "Chu ...more
This story is full of suspense; two sisters caught on opposite sides of a brutal war is something that I think can resonate in a lot of different cultures but for those of us who remembers the wars in Africa in the 90s brings up memorie ...more
This book was a beast but luckily the fast paced nature of the story kept me coming back for me.
I loved the added historical aspects of the Nigerian Civil War was incredibly captivating and twisted a hind of realism into the story and really made we want to google further information about historical facts pertaining to that war.
The bond and dynamic between the two sisters, Onyii and Ify, was captivating and h ...more
I was drawn in by descriptions of everything. The robot arms, the compression bras and “her skin the color of sand”. The writer gives you beautiful imagery.
I am learning about Nigeria. New word ...more
I haven't read Tochi's other books, Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder, but after reading War Girls, I feel these are a necessity to hold me over until publication.
The letter from the Assistant Editor was a nice, personal touch, as I don't see that a lot with excerpts/first looks/ARCs. I learned more about Tochi and his reasoning for writing War Girls, which helped me become more engaged in the story ...more