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The Rosewater Redemption

(The Wormwood Trilogy #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,163 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices.

Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting.

The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing to let
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Orbit
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This, the final book in The Wormwood Trilogy, was as enjoyably imaginative, trippy, and compelling as the first two books. Tade Thompson’s work is a delightfully original mashup of tropes including alien invasions, comic book-style superpowers, afrofuturism, and badass female cops.

He’s definitely a writer to watch, with a great ear for dialogue, a welcome skill at crafting surprising plots, and an invigorating blend of dark humor and authentic heart.
All three of these Wormwood books are perfect for Weird fans. Not that you have to be weird as a fan to enjoy them, merely that you must enjoy Weird fiction, be tolerant of cthulhu-like alien entities who provide rather miraculous services in return for a foothold in humanity. Wait. Isn't this just an alien invasion story?

Sure, like Fight Club is just a story about self-help groups.

We get a solid return for main characters in the previous two, get thrown into time-travel, end-of-the-world, last-
‘Wow. We're at the end. Righteous.’

You can’t help but fall in love with a book that has a running gag about the President of Nigeria sending the Mayor of Rosewater constant dick pics. This results in said Mayor deciding to up the ante and not only legalise gay marriage, but to stage the country’s first gay pride march. Of course, as luck would have it, said march takes place when events in Rosewater go totally tits-up as various factions clash to prevent said town being turned into a portal for
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A worthy, fast paced ending to this outstanding SF series. Colour me a Tade Thompson fan girl.

The final solution fell a bit flat for me, therefore 'only' 4 stars. Yet the buildup had all the wonderful blunt prose spiked with humor and self-deprecation that I adore. We learn more about Oyin Da as all the embosomed characters once more enter the stage trying to save (with varying success) humankind - while Layi only wants to join the first Rosewater Pride march, just in case he turns out gay.

I hig
K.J. Charles
Oct 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: sf, african
Spectacular ending to the epic trilogy about a slow-burn alien invasion centred in a breakaway ex-Nigerian city-republic. The whole thing is brilliant, imagined on a gigantic scale, with a huge cast (extremely well managed, I had no trouble picking up the story threads from where we left off last time) and marvellous description. Gloriously imaginative, well written, manages a lot of sometimes pretty bleak plot themes and elements while hanging on to the humanity of all involved, so it's emotion ...more
Dawn C
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thompson has really created a unique, genre blending trilogy, so full of twists and turns that it’s impossible to guess where it’s going. The language is fresh, the city vibrantly alive with real people fighting for their existence between the alien entity of Wormwood and politicians with an agenda of their own. I’ll admit I lost track of what was going on quite a few times, but I kept being mesmerized by this fast paced, almost thriller-like scifi slash adult urban fantasy slash horror slash Ni ...more
Alex Bright
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying and thought-provoking ending to a brilliant science fiction trilogy.

Maybe I'll have a more specific review in the future, but that will do for now.
I did not find the new POVs to be terribly interesting, as well as the new supporting characters. The xenosphere stuff was disorienting, it slowed down my reading. Also, the ending was a bit too Independence Day. Nevertheless, I am glad I read this trilogy, it is rather refreshing and entertaining at the same time.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★☆+


The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.

Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn’t everything its citizens were expecting.

The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn’t willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city’s alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own s
This was a really good finish to what has been a wildly imaginative and inventive series with a big cast of characters. There are all sorts of elements at play in this last story about an alien invasion and all the people involved with living with it or stopping it. I was a little worried I'd have some trouble getting back into this book, but Tade Thompson handles the many perspectives and time periods well, and I found myself comfortably back in the thick of the complicated plot. There's plenty ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My GR friend YouKneeK won't read series unless they are done because she likes reading them straight through to the end. Usually I like to break them up a bit so each individual book feels more fresh but this series needed a straight through read, which I did not do. As a consequence, I was thoroughly lost for the first part of this last installment, until I forced my brain to give up the lost knowledge.

This series was excellent! It had aliens, time travel, robots, body snatching, alien invasio
Holly (The Grimdragon)
In the words of Tade Thompson, "Wow. We're at the end? Righteous."

Indeed we are! The Rosewater Redemption is the third and final installment in the trippy as fuck Wormwood Trilogy.

I'm not going to bother laying everything out that has happened leading up to this radical finale, because it's far too complex and each book must be experienced!

Not to be a broken record, but if you are reading a review for a book later in a series then you already know you are taking a risk of possible spoilers. Espe
Shaun Hutchinson
A wonderful conclusion to a really unique series. Can't wait to see what Thompson comes up with next.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, scifi
Although this feels like a very obvious thing to say, it merits heavy emphasis: the Rosewater trilogy is enormously fun to read. I've read 118 novels so far this year and both 'The Rosewater Redemption' and The Rosewater Insurrection are among the three I enjoyed most. Tade Thompson is quite simply a brilliant writer. His characters are appealing, his plots wonderfully twisty, his world-building ingenious, his pacing impeccable, and his themes cleverly developed. Each book in the Rosewater trilo ...more
Luke Burrage
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

A really great set of novels! I very much enjoyed them all. It's a good trilogy that doesn't try to continue the protagonist's story past the first novel, and instead finds new people and stories to follow in the next two instalments.

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #415:
I thought that in 2020, I might write a short or not-so-short review for every book read. A challenging resolution, but we'll see.

Anyway, to the point.
Short review: bleh, ok.
Longer review: All the things that I liked from the previous books, the things that first got me hooked, are still there, but there is not real development. Instead it seems like the writing has regressed. The writing has always seemed to me like a script for an action movie, but now it feels like scenes are lifted directly
Paul  Perry
A wonderful finale to the Wormwood trilogy. Review to follow.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good wrap up to this trilogy, though not completely satisfying. The story has so many threads to follow at this point, this installment felt a little disjointed. On the other hand, having Oyin Da mostly narrate and having fewer (no?) time jumps made the narrative easier to follow in some ways. Thompson writes great characters, and I’ll be looking for other work from him.

Overall, this is a good trilogy and gives the reader a lot to think about, especially in terms of an alien invasion tha
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always hate it when a good story ends. I actually feel that the series was too short! We get to see a little piece of a very interesting setting, we fly past the plot and suddenly the story is over. On the other hand, it is definitely never boring!
Steve Grove
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant end to an amazing series If you have any interest in Sci-Fi you really should read these books Will be reading anything that Tade publishes
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun trilogy, for the most part, although it occasionally collapsed under its own byzantine weight. In case it wasn't clear (it's clear), there's a passage near the end that announces quite literally that the whole thing is an allegory for [bullhorn] CLIMATE CHANGE and [more bullhorn] COLONIZATION. Although to be fair the colonization bit isn't really an allegory.

I don't know whether this is a problem or not, but sometimes I wasn't sure what genre I was in. The back cover says the book
Michael Howley
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borderlands-rec
I rarely read the third part of a trilogy and want to immediately restart the series. This book is a perfect amalgam of what I loved about the first two parts. Tade Thompson does a good job of reminding you what happened before, though there were some times I couldn't quite place a character or two.

Like the best sci-fi, this series asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of humanity and our place in the world. What makes it even better it's written by someone with a view and a voice
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal ending to a truly great sf trilogy. Unlike the slow burn of the first two installments, REDEMPTION by comparison hits the ground running, covering an astonishing amount of fresh ground while expertly weaving together new and existing narrative and thematic strands with truly baffling ease. I devoured this deliciously weird, unsettling, and reliably slippery inversion of Lovecraftian sff with breathless abandon, my one regret being that like all great trilogies, the ROSEWATER cycle s ...more
Ellis (whatellisreadnext)
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"You melted that woman like some Wizard of Oz shit,"
What a fantastic conclusion, to an absolutely wild trilogy. I loved every second of being in this super unique world. I don't want to talk too much about the synopsis but just know it's as brutal, funny and fast paced as the previous two installments. Thompson did a fabulous job at juggling all of the story lines and perspectives in this one; not one character felt wasted. They all had their purposes.
I highly recommend these books if you're
Peter Hollo
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's rare to find something truly original these days. This trilogy really fits the bill. Brilliantly written, deeply strange, very thoughtful and thought-provoking. Thompson has created an important meditation on colonialism but it's crazy, profane, violent and beautiful in equal measure.
Now they're all out, you've got no excuse not to read all three in a row!
Roger Whitson
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thompson mostly sticks the landing. There are few science fiction trilogies like this one.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now this was brilliant end to a fantastic science fiction series and each story gets a pay off so well - read this!!!

Full review -
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Originally reviewed at Parsecs & Parchment

***Spoilers ahead for the first two Wormwood books***

A spectacular conclusion to the genre-blending Wormwood trilogy from one of the most imaginative writers in SFF today. The story of Rosewater is one of insidious alien invasion, self-serving humanity, powerful interest groups, and running through it all the subtle optimism that imperfect, even cynical people can do good things while making mistakes along the way.

There are multiple story threads run
Resurrection Beats
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
A disappointing end to a trilogy that got off to a great start. The world gets messier and messier as the series continues, with whole features of the setting deleted (even retconned) for no clear reason, as new one-off oddities show up being perfectly fun but also perfectly superfluous. The writing's fine, and it's a sometimes fun romp, but I'm rating this book so low because it does the terrible thing of removing any hope Rosewater might have stood for. In books 1 and 2 Rosewater (the town) wa ...more
telling stories is never a neutral act. the teller has a motive, and the listener becomes complicit once the contract of storytelling has been executed.

I love these books and that's that! also this is the first time I've actually completed a series in yikes-only-knows how many years lol

also, of the three books, this is definitely the one that is truly, and sorry for sounding like a teenager online here but I've gotta say it, #forthegays, in a way that is both casual and meaningfully touching

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Tade Thompson is a British born Yoruba psychiatrist who is best known for his science fiction novels.

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The Wormwood Trilogy (3 books)
  • Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy, #1)
  • The Rosewater Insurrection (The Wormwood Trilogy, #2)

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