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Rogue Heart

(Rebel Seoul #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Neo Beijing, 2201.

To escape the ghosts of her past, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a bakery and cafe, and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She's anonymous, she's safe from the never-ending world war, and that's how she'd like to stay. But then a resistance group called PHNX recruits her to help save young girls from a government experi
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Tu Books
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after like two years of emotional pining over Alex and Ama from Rebel Seoul....this book just decided to deliver the most pitch-perfect concoction of everything I adore from kdramas in the form of this innocent looking book. THE ANGST LEVELS IN THIS

also [redacted spoilery name] is like favorite favorite character and really took me by my surprise how much I fell in love as literally he's my favorite archetype in fiction ever. probably.

anyway, fans of the first book definitely will not be disap
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Rebel Seoul was my top read of 2017!! So when I heard there was a companion novel / sequel I knew I had to read Rogue Heart, especially if it shed light on what happened between Ama and Alex!! I am always on the lookout for books set in Asia and this series fits the bill.

Rogue Heart as a title does speak to the romance in the book. It's not a bad title... but I would have loved to continue the location titles... Rebel Seoul... Rogue Bei
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

For fans of Rebel Seoul, let me just start this off by saying you have to read Rogue Heart - it will soothe your soul. Although Rogue Heart is full of all the angst! What I adored about Rogue Heart is a combination of the detailed science fiction world and the characters. It's been so long since I read a science fiction world in the psuedo future. I'm such a sucker for technology! Oh d
Axie Oh does it again with another scintillating spi-fi tale that spans time and dimensions. Set two years after the events of REBEL SOUL (which you can find my glowing review over here:), ROGUE HEART returns us back to a technologically-advanced future and beloved characters that are still alive, against all odds. With Oh’s beautiful writing and complex characters, ROGUE HEART is an adventure that will capture readers’ hearts and souls as we follow the adventure of Ama and her path back to just ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Ama is a lovely heroine—sensitive, capable, a romanticist—and Alex and Tsuko are deliciously complex, though ROGUE HEART's climax was not afforded adequate page space or drama. Underrated, and recommended.

My fan cast (it's my first)!

Wang Yu as Ama
I do apologize as I failed to find a Chinese idol and/or actress who's currently 18 years old—yet I do believe Wang Yu embodies Ama?

SKZ's Hwang Hyunjin as Alex, 20, 179 cm (1 cm away from Alex's 180!)
This was as well written as its companion book, though I had a few personal issues with it that knocked it down a star compared to Rebel Seoul.

1. I liked Jaewoon more than Ama as a character.
2. I hate spy plotlines in general.
3. Even though there were battles and stakes and whatnot, I never felt the pressure of war in this book.
michelle (magical reads)
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 2021
4.75 stars

rep: Chinese protagonist, Korean love interest, Korean side characters, Chinese side characters; (Korean-American author)

POETIC CINEMA and YES. I AM crying rn!! the angst was Too Much and I will not be able to stop thinking about this book for quite a while
Kate Willis
May 31, 2022 rated it liked it
I'd like to preface this review with two things:

1. I didn't realize that "companion novel" didn't mean "standalone novel". So some of my struggles with worldbuilding and connecting to the characters are likely because I didn't read the first book. 😂😬

2. Second chance romance and bad boy tropes have never ever been my thing, and while this book did better than some, it didn't completely convert me. 🤷‍♀️

Main thoughts: wow, the portrayal of telepathy is absolutely beautiful. I loved every descriptio
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The dreamers gather in Neo Beijing’s starlight district. The wanderers and the thrill-seekers. Those with poems in their souls and secrets in their hearts. All those racing toward the bright, unknowable future. (c)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story about love surviving like a weed in the most inhospitable circumstances - I adored this!!
Aug 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
"Where is the war fought? On a battlefield of thousands or in the heart of one individual?"

I am grateful we got to dive back into the world from Rebel Seoul through Rogue Heart. Taking place two years after the events of Rebel Seoul, our story follows Ama who is living under a alias name and trying to get by. Ama soon joins PHNX, a group trying to end the war and save lives. Ama is sent on a mission to find out information to help the rebels, but her commander is Alex. Will she be able to ke
Mariah Pinheiro
May 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
Although the book started off kinda slow, I really liked the pacing after the first few chapters. The plot and romance was really good but I felt like the book kept dismissing things it established like how Ama used to struggle to kep her illusion on but could suddenly do it without thinking, even while unconscious. The overall story was really entertaining though and it was an easy read.
Musings and Perusings
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Much like its predecessor, Rogue Heart has its moments, but is mostly flat and shallow.

The world was not developed in book 1, and Rogue Heart does little to remedy that. There is no explanation given for things. What is this interface that keeps being mentioned? You can't add advanced technology and not explain to your readers what it is and how it works.

The characterization is the worst part, though. Ama has the most character development in this story, but everyone else comes across as flat,
Online Eccentric Librarian
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, dystopian
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I enjoyed Rogue Heart as much as the previous book, Rebel Seoul. Although the focus here is more on cloak-and-dagger machinations rather than mecha battles, these very anime-inspired characters are just so much fun to follow. In the first book, we followed Jaewon as he becomes close to experimental test subject Tera. In this book, we follow fellow supersoldier test subject Ama as she attempts to hide from the authorit
Liz Friend
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story: Two years after the battle of Neo Seoul, Ama (now living secretly in Neo Beijing) is discovered and recruited by PHNX, a group aiming to bring down the Neo Alliance. While she wants to help with their infiltration mission by using her telepathic powers, she also wants to put her feelings for Alex, the pride of the Alliance war force, to rest. Can she control the minds of those around her to see her in a different way? More importantly...can she control her own feelings for Alex long e ...more
K.E. Radke
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the path you want and the path you need will get you to the same place, you just needed a detour and a little guidance from someone who believes in you.

Ama has choices to make and when she gets in too deep as a spy she thinks it'll help her move on. The future is within her grasp until the past catches up to her and she has to decide to stay on her path or betray everyone and everything she's been fighting for.
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
Oh man, I'm so ready for this book! The first book was like coming home, so I can only imagine how this one will make me feel and I'm SO EXCITED!

Also, can we talk about how gorgeous that cover is?!

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Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yarc2019
I'm so blown away by how much I loved this, wow ...more
Yejide Falola
After the Battle of Seoul, Ama, an enhanced super-soldier from the war, hides out in obscurity in Neo Beijing as a bakery worker and lounge singer. Thinking she's done with the war and fighting, a rebel group PHNX recruits her to help save girls like her and take down the alliance. Thrust into a world where she assists the rebels using her telekinetic powers and must spy on her enemies and former allies. When she finds out Alex, the boy she used to love, is a top commander in the war, her unit i ...more
Becky B
Ama has been in hiding since she was presumed dead in the carrier crash and got free from a life being groomed to be a weapon two years ago. She's carved out a decent life for herself in Neo Beijing, but one night an assassin comes for her and Tsu comes to her rescue. He has decided that the best way to stop the insanity that led to their childhoods is to attack both sides of the war. He wants her to join him, but Ama has enjoyed being away from the conflict. Very shortly afterwards she is also ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'll start by saying that it definitely helps more to have read the previous book in the series before starting this one. There aren't depths of intrigue or nuances of character that make it unintelligible for new readers, but there are a lot of callbacks and references that make more sense if you are familiar with the first volume. I read it but it was a long time ago and I'd forgotten details, so I felt like I was missing something when references came up.

That said it was still an enjoyable r
Aug 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Despite not being fully satisfied by the first book, I wanted to explore this world a little more. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book more than the first book, mostly because we got to explore the next few years from Ama's perspective. I enjoyed her perspective a lot more because compared to the previous protagonist, she is far more compelling, or perhaps that's just because she's written with more dimension.

The writing has greatly improved overall, which is one of the i
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I read an advance reader copy of this book. **

This was very enjoyable. Dystopian government, super-powered individuals, characters who are neither good nor evil, only human. These are some of my favorite elements to find in books and they are all present in this story. I haven't read the previous book (billed as a companion novel so I assume it's okay to read them out of order) but I definitely want to after finishing 'Rogue Heart'. I want to know more about the characters, more about the wor
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
all i wanna say is: we need book 3 for Tsuko’s story. you can’t close the door to Rebel Seoul universe like that and have one of your complex written characters not have his own story. but in truth, i just want to see Alex and Tsuko’s sibling relationship and yea.. i’m interested to see who Tsuko’s romantic partner might be. The way Rogue Heart ended felt like the series was really meant to be a trilogy, intending the 3rd and final book for Tsuko because there were still some loose ends, or mayb ...more
I enjoyed this book though I thought the plot required more suspension of disbelief than its predecessor. Actually, I think the first book was better in terms of character and relationship development overall, though this one was still good on that. Also, possibly on world building, and certainly on creating a sense of being in Korea…this book isn’t set in Korea, and I missed that element. Even still I liked it and wanted to know what was going to happen next and how it would all unfold.

(I also
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I have not read the first book of this series and from what I understand, this book can be a standalone so I started with this book first

Lord…this book played a havoc on my emotions, the angst…danggg.

What an interesting concept in a pacific rim/futuristic world. The character growth is pretty amazing, particularly the female lead…heck, the male lead didn’t even showed up until 1/3 of the book.

After reading two books by Axie Oh, I can say I am a big fan of her books and can’t wait f
Jan 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: betrayal-trope
This is definitely better than Rebel Seoul. I don't know why Rogue Heart only has 160 ratings right now but it deserved better. Ama is my favourite character, even in Rebel Seoul with only a few lines. She always has a strong character which is also why Rogue Heart is a stronger book.

Not to mention, this book has my FAVOURITE tropes in romance ever!!! Betrayal trope! The 'death' trope! The angst from yearning!!!

Of course there are some flaws but I enjoyed it a lot!

4.5 stars rounding up to 5 star
Adelaide G
Apr 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
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May 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to this one. Here on Goodreads, it's Rebel Seoul #2. The book description says it's a companion book. I agree with the book description because this book focuses on Ama and Alex.
Alex is one broken kid. He's in even worse shape than the others--his father's a right ol' bastard. Ama, on the other hand, grows considerably. Overall, though, I really developed an interest in Su. Over the course of the two books, he's grown in complexity.
I hope there's a Rebel Seoul #3.
John Clark
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read Rebel Seoul, but after finishing this book, I don't feel I lost much by not doing so. That's not a criticism, but a compliment to this one. It has great characters, plenty of action and intrigue, a well built world structure, particularly in terms of the geopolitics, and a dandy ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it. School and public libraries catering to teens who like an intelligent science fiction novel would do well to consider this one. ...more
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