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Rebel Sisters

(War Girls #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  47 reviews
In the epic, action-packed sequel to the “brilliant” (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun.

It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Razorbill
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Adah Udechukwu
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rebel Sisters is good but the novel falls below the high standard set by War Girls.
Mikaela Garcia
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's actually 451 pages long.

It was better than the first book. And I like how Tocho Onyebuchi includes Today's China. For example, in Xifeng the government treat the Muslims and force them to become "Chineses".
Something I liked is the relationship between Ify and Uzo and how they both have each crisis to handle and it can read from each point of view.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: torture

Rebel Sisters is a story about the importance of the past as we move forward. A central question asked throughout the book, is how do we move on from trauma, from wars, from a world that isn't our own anymore. Onyebuchi presents a clever perspective on the future of connectivity and the dangers it could pose. The ways it can be used for knowledge, but also erasure. At the
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of this story fixed my minor issue with the first one and excelled at keeping me on edge. Awe I say. I need to read more Tochi Onyebuchi asap.

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

I will admit, not as good as the first one but still such an enjoyable sci-fi.

The world building is fantastic and just so imaginative. I love that this is a woman centric story, with strong female mcs.

The story for me took a while to get going but once it did...

The so much was happening and I had so much to take it. It really gripped me.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
It’s been too long since I indulged in some #sciencefiction. I’m really glad this is the title that broke my fast.

Didn’t realize this was a series when I started this read. But having not read the first did not diminish my reading. I do want to read the first one now as well tho.

Good sci-fi uses current cultural and political unrest to create fantasy societies and science that are remarkably relevant.

Rebel Sisters does just that and does it so well! You’re going to get colonization, immigrant
Katrina Ayala
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rebel sisters is an epic read following War girls by Tochi Onyebuchi. It was fast paced, heart wrenching and full of twists and turns. I enjoyed this story and the narration just as much as the first book. Powerful and entrancing
Tim Butzen-Cahill
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very strong follow up to War Girls. Everything about this ongoing story is so smart!
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
First thing first, lemme thank Fairyloot and Penguin Teen for gifting me an arc of this wonderful tale. Full disclaimer: this is an honest review, I’m no way bias.
True to college fashion, I am posting my review at midnight before release🤫 Anyway let's not waste any more time and get to reviewing.

This is a book that is meant to be savored. I’m a fast reader. It’s very common for me to finish a 300-page book in a day (maybe two). However, every once and again a book comes along that I must force
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this action-packed sequel to War Girls, Rebel Sisters follows the life of Ify, now a doctor living in the Space Colonies, and Uzo, a young synth helping to preserve the memories of those deceased in Nigeria. Their contrasting lives end up intersecting when Ify has to travel back to Nigeria to find the cure for a virus that is infecting refugee children in her hospital. But when Ify returns to Nigeria, nothing is as it seems.

I found this novel to be more captivating than the first. Onyebuchi
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I am really torn with writing this review. I fully appreciate the insight the author provides, through amazing research, the plight of refugees. Likewise, I concur with the portrayal of the “Powers that Be” that may disregard the pain and suffering of those fleeing persecution and war. The author strives to create an empathy that is solely lacking for our fellow humans that have no safe home country and they gratitude that those who enjoy this blessing should have.

The author also tackles many to
Sifa Poulton
Oct 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 25%

There are some very important, timely themes in this book as it deals with the fallout of war and refugee crises, as well as privilege.

However, I just couldn't get into the plot. The main issue was that the second of the two alternating POVs was in first person while Ify's POV was in third. The constant first-third switch was so jarring, even though I knew what was coming. Plus the two
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the events of War Girls, Ify seems to be conforming to the environment that is the space colonies, putting all her effort into forgetting her past, her people, where she is from and what she endured; her vengeance, and the ones who meant so much to her and fought for and with her.

But even in the colonies where borders and differences should not hinder the acceptance and incorporation of refugees into the communities, familiar racist, prejudicial, ignorant, oblivious white privilege and pra
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are some sequels that can function as stand-alone novels, in my opinion Rebel Sisters is not one of them. Potential readers definitely need to have read and remember War Girls, since much of the plot is about characters dealing with the emotional and physical fallout from the events in the first novel. Ify is now a medical professional in the Space Colonies, working with the refugee population. A mysterious illness has struck refugee children, leaving them comatose and their bodies failing ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story took place five years after the Biafran War, and we can now see Ify as a high-ranking medical officer who dedicated her life, helping people rebuild the colonies. She was doing fine and all until she has to face the fact that she must go back to the place she has sworn she will not see again to help find what is causing the virus outrage and the cure. It is true that no matter how much you tried to move on and escape the hardship of the past, it will find its way back to you, and this ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this great book! Rebel Sisters is the sequel to War Girls, and it continues Ify's story after the events in the first book. Ify is now living in the Space Colonies, and she is struggling to deal with her past in the Biafran War. Ify's story alternates with the story of a synth named Uzo who is living in Nigeria and dealing with the aftermath of the war there. The two storylines converge and the characters ar ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rebel Sisters checks all the boxes for a basic sci-fi story. Even though I barely remembered the events of War Girls it was easy to fall into this one. I was quickly compelled by Uzo and the writing effortlessly drew me in. But the further I read the more I felt like things were repetitive and nothing was really happening. Except for the rare moments of action, that were so fast-paced and jarring compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. Rebel Sisters was the kind of book that takes you ou ...more
Emma Y
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to penguin teen for giving me this earc for an honest review. After the Biafran war, Iffy is a high ranking medical officer living in the space colonies and is in charge of curing a deadly disease that has put hundreds of people into a coma. Uzo is a synth in Nigeria helping Xifeng collect data on the Biafran war. Their paths end up crossing when Iffy is sent back to her homeland, searching for the answer for the cure of the disease. This book realistically discusses trauma and dealing ...more
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Rebel Sisters either should have been a much tighter, much more edited finale to the story; or the second book in an expanded trilogy. The book tried to cover way too much ground. Either several scenes & dialogue should have been drastically cut, or the publisher should have given Onyebuchi a trilogy/multi deal, allowing him space for a more expensive story in the War Girls universe, and room to split this book into two.

Onyebuchi had amazing character development, as usual. But there were sectio
Ms. Humphrey
I did not enjoy reading this sequel to War Girls, I think in part because I didn't care for book 1 much. But I did appreciate some of the questions the novel raised: Would it be better to completely forget about a trauma you've experienced, as though it never happened, or better to remember it and move through it? What makes a human "human"? Is it our memories? Our ability to sift through our own thoughts or make meaning from the thoughts of others?

I might hand this duology to a student who love
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Sisters continues the story of Ify and Onyii four years after the events of War Girls. This is a story about moving forward and finding a place - a home - after unspeakable trauma and hardship.

Like War Girls, Rebel Sisters took some time to get going. The story was quite interesting through the middle, but then it just kept going. The characters evolve and grow throughout, but there were So. Many. Obstacles. I felt like there were too many climaxes and resolutions before we actually got to
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, read-2020
I found that, like War Girls, the writing was very good and the world building was really intriguing. However, I didn't feel that the characters were at a bit of a remove - I had a bit of a hard time feeling in touch with even the main cast, and much of the time I didn't feel that they were particularly connected with each other. The pacing also a bit uneven, and I'm not entirely certain that I fully tracked everything that was going on in the plot (perhaps due to the layout?). Overall, it felt ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
There is an overwhelming emphasis on trying to make humans perceive robots or synthetic humans as actual human. It's overly repetitive and annoying. There's also the actual repetition of memory in this novel. The author clearly trying to drive home the point that our experience make us human.

By far it is pretension. The novel does not compare to War Girls which was filled with complex relationships and immense world building. If I'm not comparing it to the latter to say the least it was bland.
Mar 09, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

An enjoyable sequel! Unfortunately I didn't like this as much as the first book but I still had a good time reading this. I loved that this book still held the parts that I loved from the first one like the character developments and the sci-fi elements to the plot. But it did take me a while to get into it which I think ruined the reading experience for me. The pacing I wish was different and the story moved forward quickly and differently.

Will I still continue this series? Yes, I ne
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, fantasy, futuristic
Book 2 to War Girls; was a good sequel. Ify is a doctor who notices her refugee patients are going into a coma-like state for no apparent reason. She is sent back to Centrafrique with her assistant, Grace, to investigate what could be causing this mysterious illness. Along the way, Ify is forced to remember the horrors of the war she survived as a young girl, and among those bad memories is her sister, Onyi, who she both loves and hates. The ending was absolutely great. I didn't anticipate that ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but I felt as if it was repetitive. As I listened to the audiobook, I would have moments of deja vu, of having heard a particular passage multiple times. There were moments of genuis, but they were few and far between. Maybe it was too long a time between when I read "War Girls", and "Rebel Girls".
But, I'm also beginning to wonder whether duologies are just not my thing. Or maybe, Tochi's books need to be read, rather than listened to. I don't know what it is,
Nicole Alycia
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely don’t think this one was as good as the first book ... I think it’s because I didn’t like Ify as much as the main character of this one.
The story started out slower and didn’t pick up until about halfway through for me. It did get really exciting though at points which is why it earned 4 stars.
All in all, not as exciting as the first but definitely more of a thinking book. It makes you think about how people are perceived, how unjust things are in the world, and how hard it can be
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Much like War Girls, this sequel has a lot of potential and a lot of interesting things going on, but it just feels too muddled and too much. It doesn't help that half the story is told from the perspective of this synth robot/human hybrid that only speaks in the present tense and it's not always clear what's happening. It also plays with a lot of deep themes of war and remembering and forgetting and refugees, which is perhaps why I was able to muddle through. ...more
Margarita (margaritathedrink)
The sequel to War Girls. I really enjoyed this book along with the first one. I've learned a lot about the history, the characters and I love the world building. I think I enjoyed the first book a little more as this one I felt disconnected with the characters when I didn't in War Girls. Still enjoyed it. ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
CW: violence, war, murder, death (including death of minors), torture, gore, implied sexual assault, epidemic, racism, sexism

⭐ 3+ ⭐

I DNFed this temporarily halfway through but I'm glad I ended up going back to finish it because the last third of this book was the best part, I wish the whole book felt more like that
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Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of Beasts Made of Night, its sequel Crown of Thunder, War Girls, and the upcoming Riot Baby, forthcoming from in January 2020. He has graduated from Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’études politiques with a Masters degree in Global Business Law.

His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Scie

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