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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Business is booming for Prudence Wu.

A black-market-media smuggler and scholarship student at the prestigious New Columbia Preparatory Academy, Pru is lucky to live in the Barricade Coalition where she is free to study, read, watch, and listen to whatever she wants. But between essays and exams, she chooses to spend her breaks sweet-talking border patrol with her best
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Razorbill / Penguin Random House
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♠ TABI ♠
Aug 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: edelweiss
DNF @ 49% as my first official ARC dnf ever. And I'm super disappointed because this was one of my most-hyped books because DRAGONS but also CYBER-SENTIENT DRAGONS . . . but what I got was uber, Jay-Kristoff-level-annoying sassy characters, slow plot, too much info-dumping, and something that just didn't flow right to keep me interested. Also, not enough of the promised robotic dragons. Sure, I may try to pick this up again before the release date, but I'm not holding my breath.

I received a
Amélie Zhao
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even start with REBELWING?

This is the Asian SFF book of my dreams -- the one that little Amelie desperately needed in her life, and I am so incredibly, heart-bursting-from-chest-ingly happy that it is coming to you in 2020.

REBELWING follows the story of Prudence Wu, a witty and precocious high school student with a side job: she smuggles banned media from one of the last free, democratic strongholds of a futuristic United States into "Incorporated" lands strife with propaganda and
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Rebelwing is everything I wanted and more. Prep school setting, smuggling, and cybernetic dragons? Even more than that, Rebelwing asks questions about censorship, rebellion, and hope. Prep school smuggling in a Science Fiction setting with sentient cybernetic dragons? I feel like Rebelwing was made for me. Rebelwing is an action packed story that features an unlikely heroine and
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
oh my GOD

OFFICIAL BLURB: Freedom! Revolution! Mecha-dragons! Soaring with wit, heart, and thrilling heroics in spades, Rebelwing is too damn fun to put down. Emily Skrutskie, author of Hullmetal Girls
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome!! How can you go wrong with a dystopian sci-fi with dragons and rebellious teens? It's also a magnificent tale of believing in yourself and in your capacities, and to listening to your heart. The characters jungle with being students in a prep school and with.... saving their world. Not easy!

Many thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the advance copy of this book! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Francesca Flores
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOLY WOW THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! There are few words that could describe how much I LOVE Prudence Wu and this world that the author has crafted. Everything about this world is at once intelligent-as-heck, stunningly beautiful, and all the while universal. Because that's what I felt in each of these characters: something universal that tied me to them and made me absolutely invested in their story. Pru is one of my favorite protagonists ever, with her wit, humor that made me laugh out loud many ...more
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
According to Andrea's twitter this book contains:

"1. cold war via robot dragons
2. 3 fighty girls + 1 soft pretty boy fighter pilot
3. battling dystopian evil for school credits
4. aggressive snack breaks
5. world's saltiest single mom"

PLUS prep schools and smuggling and a sentient cybernetic DRAGON 🐉?!?!?

Hannah F. Whitten
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the smartest, funniest, and most thought-provoking books I have ever read. Andreas characters and descriptions are thoughtfully and cleverly written and the world she creates is fascinating and terrifying and so, so fun to be immersed in. ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
While the author effectively uses a teen voice, to connect with the targeted demographic, the plot leaves much to be desired in terms of continuity and intrigue. There are moments of action that draw a reader into the story, but they are lost in quick resolution that returns to a meandering passage of time. For what happens in the timeline, the plot feels as though it unfolds over a shorter period than the phrases suggest. There's an awkward hint of romance between two characters that is topped ...more
4.5/5 Stars

*I received a free ARC of this book from Razorbill/Penguin Random House. All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.*

Rebelwing tells the story of seventeen-year-old Prudence Pru Wu, a prep-schooler who, between her classes and studies, smuggles banned, black market media from her home in the Barricade Coalition, where people have the freedom to read, watch, and listen to whatever they like, to the less fortunate citizens of the United Continental Confederacy, Inc (UCC).
This book makes me feel the same way I feel about Pacific Rim. It's bright and neon and full of absolutely delightful, unapologeitc ridiculousness. It's witty and warm, full of biting humor and character growth to die for. But it's also a social commentary and a ruthless destruction of capitalism and censorship. It's about a girl piloting a dragon-shaped mech that's sentient and imprinted on her mind. But it's also a war story. It's about absolute disaster teens who I love with my entire being ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
DNF at 1/3. Will comeback to try again when I'm in a better mood
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. If anything, my only issue was that the pacing didn't work for me personally, but I'm still very excited to read the next book. I loved all the characters, and the world was well developed and thought provoking. I definitely highly recommend this.
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
This book is a NEED not a want
Grace Li
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yes
Rebelwing is a gem of a book -- brilliant, witty, and, at turns, heartbreaking. It's about power, political dynasties, all the glory and folly of revolution, but it's also about family, teenagers carving their space in the world, and all the small, lovely moments that make a life worth living. I loved everything about it (but especially Jay Park, who has my whole heart and then some).
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
DNF @ 15%
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
I REALLY wanted to love this but sadly that wasn't the case. I hardly ever DNF books this early anymore but I could get into the story because of the writing and style and the main character. The author kept jumping around in the writing, with one scene abruptly jumping to another and going back and forth from mentioning past stuff to present stuff. Maybe my Kindle ARC copy didn't
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I totally fell in love with the concept of this book and the struggles Pru went through controlling the government's most desired weapon and being the chosen one, to attending prep school and the troubles of being a teenage girl. Pru is a rebel on a routine smuggle deal to the chosen one that's destined
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. The beginning was a bit hard to follow but its much better than having a super long and boring intro. Characters are amazing and very well explained. I would 100% recommend this book. The universe created by Andrea Tang leaves me in awe. ...more
Books I DNF automatically get 1-star ratings.

I've gotten lazy in the last couple weeks writing reviews for books I've finished, but I kind of felt obligated to write one for this book since I DNFed it. I actually made it more than halfway through the book before I called it quits, but all the eye-rolling on my part that was happening with increasing frequency as the book progressed forced my hand to just put the book down for good.

The book just felt too chaotic to me. It felt like the author had
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction

...just kidding.
I'm probably the biggest fan going of the Zoids anime and this book was unable to meet my high expectations. Which wasn't necessarily the book's fault, I guess, because those were lofty expectations, indeed.

There's just an awful lot stuffed in here, not all of it interesting. Buckets of teenage angst and dialogue that implies much but says little. Not much in the way of RAD MECHAS BATTLING. There's a bit of that, but not a lot, and it's written from such a
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It may sound like the beginning to an odd joke, but what do you get when you cross a group of high school kids with assorted skills and a sentient cybernetic dragon? The answer is a story that explores teenage feelings of attraction, intrigue, responsibility, and rebellion. But those kids also happen to be citizens of New Columbia (the former District of Columbia), and are swept up in the conflict between the Barricade Coalition and the United Continental Confederacy, Inc. The UCC and the ...more
Novel Grounds
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! Sometimes YA novels re a hit or miss for me. This was a hit.

This book took place in a science fiction setting and had...DRAGONS. I know guys. Dragons. But it is absolutely NOT what you are thinking and you have no idea what you are getting into.

This book is action packed and goes until the very end. This book plays with a lot of things that are revenant to our current climates in the world and that made it that much more of a great read.

I loved how
Shoshana Frank
In a dystopian near future Prudence Wu is struggling to pass her classes at New Columbia Prep Academy and pay for books with her illicit business. The partition war is seemingly over and Pru, living in a barricade city is using her democratic freedom to smuggle banned books into the UCC, Inc for their citizens who are seeking more than censored government propaganda. But when a moderately risky drop goes horribly wrong, Prus entire world is changed. Zeller conveys the tense emotions and ...more
Vinny —.:* Artsy Draft
Thank you Razorbill for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free review copy of this book.
It's got great emotional language - I was made to feel things against my will!
The dragon on the cover is too blunt-nosed for my taste, and not as graceful as the Rebelwing I imagined while reading. She's a blade, not a hammer.
There's some of the teen romance that seems inevitable in recent YA, but thankfully, it takes a back seat to the more important action scenes of "we all might ACTUALLY die," even when the action's primarily political. The love
Erin Moulton
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was interesting. A solid 3.5 stars to me. I loved the dragon and I enjoyed the fight for intellectual freedom. Some of the dialog felt too dense and constantly politically focused to the point where I couldn't get a grasp on Prudence more personal passions. That's a big one for me. I want to get to know why the character is doing what she is doing and a lot of the time Pru was reluctantly thrust into things.

Likewise, most of the people seemed extremely perfect in a lot of ways, which
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
As a student at New Columbia Prep, Prudence Wu has found a way to supplement her scholarship by smuggling black market media. But when she's betrayed by one of her buyers, she only makes it out by the last minute rescue from a sentient cybernetic dragon. Suddenly, Pru finds herself in the middle of a revolution she had no interest in joining.

Rebelwing is a smart, sci-fi, YA novel that I'm totally here for. This novels boasts multi-dimensional POC main character and we'll fleshed out queer side
Lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

I am biased, okay. I just can not bear to (officially) give this book less than three stars.

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Suzanne Christensen
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like dystopian societies and dragons, this book is for you! Pru is a high school student who does a little smuggling on the side but when she is rescued by a cybernetic dragon, her life will change forever. With lots of action, some romance, and fun, this book was a fast fun read.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This provides you with a great escape, a cause to champion, heroes with crushes, and layers of family drama -- LOVED IT and its unfailing sense of humor!
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