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The Rosewater Insurrection

(The Wormwood Trilogy #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,017 ratings  ·  142 reviews
All is quiet in the city of Rosewater as it expands on the back of the gargantuan alien Wormwood. Those who know the truth of the invasion keep the secret.

The government agent Aminat, the lover of the retired sensitive Kaaro, is at the forefront of the cold, silent conflict. She must capture a woman who is the key to the survival of the human race. But Aminat is stymied by
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Orbit
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Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, sf
Compulsively readable, endlessly inventive, and altogether compelling, I very much enjoyed this sequel to the also-excellent Rosewater. In both novels, Thompson has concocted a propulsively-plotted tale set in a near-future Nigeria that mashes up horror elements, alien invasion, down and dirty politics, dark humor, ecologically fantastical creations, and a lot of skillfully-drawn action set pieces. I have great admiration for his nimble juggling of multiple POVs and narrative voices as he ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"In the darkened room with him there are sixteen reanimates, whom he brought along to be shields, to protect his body when he goes into the xenosphere. The room smells of desperate, unwashed humanity, and it is at times difficult to breathe, but there is a price to pay for everything."

Rosewater, the first book in the Wormwood trilogy, was a top favorite for me last year. I loved it so fucking much! This delicious blend of aliens, science fiction, cyberpunk, Afropunk, aliens, future noir,
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, sf-f, favorites
When I learnt that not only did Rosewater win the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel, but was the first in a trilogy, my curiosity was piqued enough to want to read the second straightaway. I remember being frustrated by Rosewater when I read it initially, a genre hybrid that tried to splice together too many disparate elements to make for a cohesive whole: Apocalyptic SF, alien invasion, zombie horror, spy thriller, noir, Afrofuturism.

The latter trend was probably sparked originally by
Nick T. Borrelli
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story picks up not too long after the events of the first book. This time however, instead of Kaaro being the main POV character, it is his girlfriend and government agent Aminat. The makeshift town of Rosewater continues to grow in population as pilgrims from every corner of the world come to be healed of their ailments. The problem is the biodome at Rosewater's center seems to be dying ever so slowly, leaving their hopes of a reversal of their maladies very much in doubt. Added to the ...more
While the wonderful first book in the Wormwood Trilogy had a slightly more interesting and convoluted storytelling structure befitting a mystery novel with explosively weird fantasy and SF elements, the second book tones that down and gives a much more straightforward tale.

This isn't a bad thing, considering what is being accomplished. Some mystery is here, of course, and the worldbuilding is phenomenal. This little Nigerian town was turned into a hub of spore aliens slowing taking over not just
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was happy to find that The Rosewater Insurrection was as weird and wonderful as its predecessor. In many ways, I even got along better with it because the story was slightly simpler and easier to follow, and it also features one of my favorite characters from the first book as the protagonist.

This time, we get to ride along with Aminat while her lover Kaaro, the main character from the first book, takes on a more
K.J. Charles
This was absolutely terrific. Better than the first book: the writing is more assured and the plotting clearer. Thompson handles a large cast with aplomb, the imagination is glorious and vivid and there's a lot of wry humour. Great ideas, haunting imagery, neither of them swamping the exciting progress of a well worked out plot.

A really fantastic SF, exactly what I read the genre for. (And confirms the theory I read recently and can't forget, that all SF is now about climate change.) Thompson is
James Tivendale
Feb 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Thank you to Orbit for sending me a review copy of The Rosewater Insurrection. It cheered me up on what has been an otherwise awful day and I'll probably read it next.
Alex Bright
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I switched the first book to 4 stars, and am giving this one half a star more, since it’s narrative is so much tighter. I may end up rounding to 5 in the future. Can’t wait for the third book!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant imagination coupled with crisp writing and flawed characters made this one wild and exhilarating ride. I enjoyed being back in the trippy world of Rosewater, following some familiar characters and meeting some intriguing new ones, through a story that smashes together political corruption/scandal and alien invasion. The political storyline got a little drawn out for me in the middle of the book, but it was wholly redeemed by Thompson’s remarkable creativity and ability to weave in ...more
I had a hard time reorienting myself in this story initially. There are multiple PoVs, and I could not remember who a few of them were. I did, however, feel very happy that Aminat from book one had a much more prominent role in this story.
The story: In which the alien invasion kicks up several notches, S45/Femi is up to her elbows in managing the situation and Rosewater Mayor Jack Jacques, who wants to make Rosewater independent from the rest of Nigeria, while Kaaro's holed up at home, enjoying
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt quite a lot more focused and sure of itself without the tough guy act of the first book seeing/stirring chaos everywhere. The more organized plot gave room for the suspense of the various individual 'invasion' experiences and political machinations to grow to vivid and gripping levels, and made the characters much better accessible.

Where the first book left me somewhat cold, this - with it's beautifully portrayed, almost chillingly calm and casual body invasion scenarios - inspired.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully weird with a ton of ideas packed into the book. 4.5 stars rounded up, Tade is stuffing so many pieces into the story it can be hard to keep up sometimes. Girl power! Aminat, Femi, Lora all rock! Femi's character arc is fascinating to me, I find myself alternately cheering for her and loathing her and am completely uncertain where my final emotion will land at the end of the trilogy. Very unusual, I tend to make quick judgments and stick to them. I will definitely read the third book ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-to-follow
Yeah! I loved it! It's 4.5 stars in comparison with the first novel, cause I was missing the complicated structure I appreciated in the first book, but that made this sequel at least easier to follow.

What a wonderful mix of truly alien aliens, coldblooded and uncaring politicians and secret organisations in a state of everybody against everybody.

Thompson's prose is blunt, his characters are absolutely real and not bloodless larger-than-life heroes. His concept of the aliens is weird and
Dawn C
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-audible
I was extremely fond of the first Rosewater book, and the sequel didn’t disappoint. Again we follow a few different characters, some familiar faces from the first book and some new people. Kaaro makes appearances but not as the main character and this suits the story very well.

The thing I fell for in the first book is how truly alien the aliens of Rosewater is. Instead of any clear communication with them, they exist through the influence they have on their surroundings, the flora and fauna and
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very compelling and exciting sequel to the brilliant Rosewater. I found it to be a little bit better than the first book. It flows better and the plot is a lot clearer. It's wonderfully imaginitive and the multiple viewpoints work very well.

I'm very much looking forward to the third book.
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as pile-of-shame  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, arc
Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Oleksandr Zholud
This is the second volume of Rosewater trilogy. The review contains spoilers of the first book.

The slow invasion continues. We start with the action sequence, some new guy, Eric (S45 Agent) tries to kill an agitator in Rosewater. It gives us, readers, a pace for the book and continues not so much jumping in time, as the narrative of the first volume, but among multiple characters. Kaaro, the protagonist of the first book is more a background (albeit important) presence, while major protagonists
Lee Gingras
I feel bad giving this only two stars. I LOVED the first book, which was one of the best books I read in 2019, but unfortunately, it feels like this sequel drags under its own weight. The first book set forward all the pieces, which delivered feat after feat of imagination. This book focuses more on putting the pieces into battle, which I just can’t find as compelling. The plotting seems sloppier too; the parallel storylines just barely held together in the first one, and in the second they just ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed

3.5 Stars for Narration by Bayo Gbadamosi (I like his voice but he is not necessarily a good choice for a story with multiple POVs & there were mistakes left on the final recording.)
4 Stars for Solid Character Shorts
2.5 Stars for Main Characters

This was an easy book to read. While the story was easy to process & understand, I felt the story was not as intimate as the the first book. It was cool to have female characters lead in the current plot arc but I felt like a removed
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Starting this review off with thanks to Orbit and the author for an advanced reading copy of The Rosewater Insurrection (The Wormwood Trilogy #2) in exchange for an open and honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

So, unfortunately, I did not get around to reviewing Book 1 of this trilogy as I read it during the holidays where life seemed to always get in the way of being in front of a computer. Nothing wrong with that, but I did not get
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tade Thompson is a British-born and raised writer of Nigerian descent. I read his first novel of the Wormwood Trilogy, Rosewater, last year and liked it quite a bit. That was nominated for several awards last year, but did not win. This second novel was recently released and I read it in trade paperback right away. The conclusion to the trilogy, The Rosewater Redemption, is scheduled for publication in October of this year.

This novel continues the story of Wormwood, a living alien artifact that
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
Pleasingly, the sequel to Rosewater shifts focus from Kaaro to Aminat, his girlfriend. Although I found Kaaro an excellent protagonist, so is Aminat and it’s always nice when female characters get to be centre stage. The plot is perhaps slightly looser than in the prequel, revolving around the mayor of Rosewater declaring independence and the aliens being threatened by a plant-like entity. The world-building is once again excellent, vivid, and distinctive. Making the mayor a point of view ...more
Shaun Hutchinson
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Chris Brown
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent sequel to Rosewater! Looking forward to the rest of Rosewater Trilogy.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the sequel was even better than the first which is a high bar to pass!! Goes for an epic scale and huge cast to create a memorable tale

Full review -
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
TW: sexual assault (in a flashback)

How do I even describe this book? Let’s start with the basics. The Rosewater Insurrection is the sequel to Tade Thompson’s astounding “aliens invade Nigeria” novel, Rosewater. If you haven’t read Rosewater, you need to get on that ASAP! And I would highly recommend reading Rosewater before you read The Rosewater Insurrection. No guarantees that this review won’t contain spoilers for the first book.

The Rosewater Insurrection shifts the narrative away from Kaaro
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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I read and reviewed Rosewater back in November and absolutely loved it for its inventiveness and fresh take on the sci-fi genre. I was excited to read this sequel because I knew it would follow more of Aminat's character, and on that count this book absolutely delivered. The Rosewater Insurrection picks up pretty quickly after the events of the first book, which made it easy to jump right back into it.

I can't go into any specifics in this review
Villain E
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a new pet peeve: when a writer tells a story from multiple character perspectives and they all sound the same. The point of different perspectives is different voices and ideas. In this book there are some first-person chapters, some third-person chapters, even excerpts from a novel, and they all sound exactly the same. If this were all first-person from one character, like the first book, it wouldn't bother me. If this were third-person-omniscient, it wouldn't bother me. For that matter, ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as good, if not better, than it's predecessor in the Rosewater Trilogy. A much more complex story told from many different points of view - including some quite surprising ones. There are many different strands to the story but all leading to one central point, they intertwine but never tangle which is no small feat.
I am in awe of Tade Thompson's imagination and the skill with which he shares it. The writing is assured, elegant and gripping. The story many layered, rich and complex. It
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