War Girls

War Girls

by Tochi Onyebuchi


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War Girls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
LeeannDunton 4 days ago
Thank you to BookishFirst & Razorbill for an ARC of 'War Girls' by Tochi Onyebuchi prior to its release. 'War Girls' was, by far, one of my best reads of 2019. You're instantly sucked into a world of turmoil. Onyii, the courageous older sister, takes care of Ify after the death of their mother. While you grow to love the community of the camp they live in, you're then drawn into the reality of war. The sisters are torn apart, with each believing the other is dead. They manage their feelings in very different ways, with Onyii becoming a "war machine" & Ify becoming an intellect on the side of the original "enemy". You're taken through crazy twists and turns, all the while feeling the longing and sadness that each girl has for the loss of her sister. But when one finds out the other is actually alive, and that what she knew to be true wasn't true at all, all hell breaks loose. Onyebuchi does an incredible job of telling a dystopian story of war, while staying true to many details of the Nigerian Civil War (1967- 1970). While the augmented humans and flying Transformer-like machines are made up, the horrors of war, the killing, and the military aspects shown are all real. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of YA, dystopia, war-stories, Nigerian literature, or just plain good stories. 5 stars!
Dawn-Read_Love 27 days ago
The first thing Onyii does every morning is take off her arm." From the first line of War Girls, it’s immediately clear that this story will pull no punches. And since author Tochi Onyebuchi is referencing the Biafran War, the Nigerian Civil War, that began in 1967, it’s important that the narrative be explicit – raw, real, and uncensored. After all, nothing is clean or uncomplicated about war. War Girls is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Nigeria. Climate change and nuclear fallout have ravaged the landscape, and sisters Onyii and Ify are living together in a camp populated entirely by young women and girls. The older females are already battle tested, and many are “augments” like Onyii, with mechanized parts and tech replacing lost limbs or organs. When their camp is attacked, Onyii and her sister are separated. War Girls is fully immersive, right from the get go. Though the landscape is harrowingly bleak, part of a futuristic world filled with gadgets, technology, mechanized flying robots, augmented humans, and artificial intelligence, the novel’s heartbeat remains human. So, yeah, you’re going to get “Black Panther,” or more accurately, “Gundam” vibes with all the action, tech, and mech fights. But make no mistake, War Girls is about humanity and the effects of war. It’s a story about sisters (chosen, born, of shared experience, etc.), love, hope, and freedom. While the war and action propel the plot (and believe me, it’s some pretty intense stuff), it’s the characters, what they are feeling, and your ultimate concern and care for them that will keep you turning the pages. Onyii is perhaps the strongest female character I’ve ever read. Think Katniss and then increase the kick-ass exponentially. And Ify is equally strong, albeit in a different way. She’s super intelligent. But as she grows, she comes into a strength and independence that is worth witnessing. Interestingly, though, some of my favorite characters in War Girls aren’t human but AI. And I’ve never been moved more by people who weren’t flesh and blood. Onyebuchi breathes life into his complete cast of characters, showing goodness, strength, and dignity, while also casting light on the darker side of life. It’s the balance between strong and tender that makes War Girls special. This is raw and gritty stuff. But inside it, there in unspeakable tenderness and beauty. Onyebuchi employs an alternating third-person narration giving us a view from each side, from the Biafran rebel side where Onyii fights, and from the Nigerian viewpoint where Ify finds herself. The author’s shifting focus forces the reader to integrate the two sides and come to an informed synthesis. It can be disorienting, and I believe this is purposeful, as you have Ify, who according to how you look at it, was either “rescued” or “kidnapped” by the Nigerians who attacked their rebel camp. One reviewer on Goodreads even talks about being embarrassed that she chose the wrong side! Onyebuchi does a wonderful job not being simplistic but portraying each side in all of its complexity, even exposing the blemishes of those who you might call the “good guys”. Let’s face it, war forces folks to do ugly things. And when those folks are children, it’s even harder not to flinch. “There is no Demon of Biafra,” Onyii wants to tell them. “There’s just a War Girl.” This is an important and much needed work. As Onyebuchi explains in his Author’s Note, when he was researching the Biafran War for this project, findi
Anonymous 3 months ago
This epic tale starts with young members of the Biafran side of a futuristic version of the Nigerian Civil War. It's 2172, the richer nations have fled to space, and nations like Nigeria are stuck struggling with uninhabitable radiation and whatever technical innovations will help them survive. Onyii and the girl she took in as a sister, Ify, are inseparable, but they get split up and see separate sides of the war. What follows is a very engaging, action-heavy story with characters (including "synths" and androids) that will break your heart. The tech is very cool - I love it when nanotechnology comes into play in such an organic way, along with organic bodies augmented with technology. Sometimes the action is a bit too heavy and feels rushed on the page - there were lots of times when I tried to visualize a fight or some of the tech used and thought about how amazing this novel would be adapted as a comic book. I feel like I got a much better understanding of the political tensions between the Igbo and the Nigerian government - even though I've read a lot of Nigerian authors, none of the books I've read have touched much on the Nigerian Civil War. This book also made commentary on the children soldiers in the 1980s and 1990s, stolen away from their families and made to fight. This is a brutal, inventive world with rich characters.
Anonymous 3 months ago
My goodness, was this book a nonstop adventure! I loved the story and how much the author, Tochi Onyebuchi, integrated his own culture and history into the novel. The action was effortless, and I was left with a lot of moments where I was unable to put the book down simply because I had to know what happened next. We need more books with this type of complexity and global imagery. My one drawback to this book was how some of the chapters transitioned, and perhaps this came in part because Onyebuchi switched between the two sisters viewpoints. It just felt a little jarring at moments to be completely invested in a chapter only to have it end on small cliff hanger and be switched to the other sisters perspective. It is a minor issue, though, and it did not take away from my enjoyment of the overall story.
TinMinuteBookReviews 3 months ago
Never have I ever read an ending that made tears of sadness pool in my eyes while a smile, deep and wide, stretched the limits of my cheeks. Wars Girls drew me in with a cover featuring a character that looked like and kept me with a story that seared the old saying, blood is thicker than water, from existence. It proved that even in a future world filled with different shades of gray, love will always flow bright red! Onyii was a child solider in a war that she believed in, fighting alongside other girls who were taught to hold a gun and weld a knife. Iffy is the little girl that she saved from a massacre and became her little sister. She cares for the little girl dearly and treats her like a mother would her own child. When she sees an image of what she believes to be the little girl body, she loses any will to live and is will to kill anyone and everyone on the side of the civil war that she sees as responsible for Iffy's death. Iffy, who wasn't actually killed (not a spoiler) goes on to live with the Nigerians after finding out that she is one of them. The man who comes to care for her like a little sister is none other than the arch enemy of her beloved sister, although she is unaware of this. He treats and cherishes her with the same lever of love and admiration that a man would have his beloved child. Iffy acclimates to her new surrounding and becomes confused by her experiences with Iffy and the War Girls. The shows that there are no clearly laid good or bad sides, just islands of gray areas filled with good and bad people.
ultralurkykitty 3 months ago
War Girls is a really unique book. It is inspired by a civil war that took place in Nigeria in the 60s and 70s. This book is set in Nigeria but 200 years in the future. The earth has been ravaged by climate change and nuclear disasters and the privileged have fled to space colonies. A civil war rages in Nigeria. The story focuses on two young "sisters" Onyii and Ify whose lives have been devastated by the war. They are separated during a battle and over the years must find their way back to each other. The author is really clever in imaging what technology will be present in 200 years. The science of bionics and AI has advanced; space travel exists and wars are fought with flying mechs. The technology is quite amazing. Unfortunately, human nature has not evolved at the same pace as the technology. War is still cruel and devastating; horrific human rights violations occur. This book is thought provoking and specifically focuses on the effects of war on children. War Girls is fast paced and highly readable and should be considered a book for all people, not just YA readers.
Renee7 3 months ago
Honestly, what more could you want from a modern science fiction/fantasy story? This book is packed with people of color being bold and powerful and it is so refreshing to read. The main characters are sisters, Onyii and Ify, and happen to find themselves on opposite sides of an ugly war. What I loved about this book is that while it isn't set in the current day, it still teaches so much about civil wars in Africa, specifically Nigeria. Those aspects of history are often not taught in most history courses and so getting to learn about these horrible wars that happened through a creative venue is really interesting. Because as readers we are invested in the characters of the books we read, this book brings these subjects to the forefront and makes them something we are also invested in. This book can be difficult to read because war and the ugliness that go with it are at the center, but the way the author writes about those things as well as the more beautiful aspects of life like love and humanity really seem to balance out in the end. This book is fantastic and really a huge work of art. I loved reading every page of this and eagerly look forward to more in the future! I highly recommend this book because it isn't just well-written and features a heartwrenching story, but also sheds some light on humanity and what it means to love. I enjoyed the deeper meanings in this book and getting to learn more about historical events that are often swept under the rug.
Brooke Allen 4 months ago
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi is an interesting story of girls affected by a war set in a futuristic world. The characters were great and the setting was unique. When I discovered that this book was based on the Nigerian Civil War that happened in Nigeria in the 1900s, I thought that was pretty cool. The two main characters, Onyii and Ify, have a great relationship, and I enjoyed watching them over the course of the book. They were forced apart and believe lies they were told about each other, and I kept wanting to read more in order to find out what happened to them. Overall, I liked the story, but there's something to be said about familiarity. It took me a while to get into this story. There were a lot of terms in this book I was unfamiliar with. Once I became familiar with the terms, the book became more interesting, but the first part was a little difficult for me. I will probably want to read the second book when it comes out.
QuirkyCat 4 months ago
War Girls is the latest novel by Tochi Onyebuchi, and is the first novel in a new series (of the same name). It's the tale of two sisters thrown together by the means of war, and their different journies on the path to survival. Set in 2172, the world has gone through climate change, has survived a nuclear war, and yet those lessons weren't enough for humanity. With large chunks of the earth unlivable, war still is a fact of life for many. Nigeria is one such land torn apart by war. This is due partially to the lack of resources, but also the many cultural differences between the opposing sides. And this is the world that Onyii and Ify were born into. Onyii is a warrior. She lives to fight. She chose war, but mainly as a way of controlling her life. She adopted Ify, and became the Demon of her people – fighting, destroying, and seeking revenge everywhere possible. Ify was an orphan of the war, and Onyii took her in. They may not be sisters by blood, but they are sisters regardless. Ify loves her accent, a type of tech that she has to keep hidden. Until one day everything changes and she no longer has to hide the tech she loves. But at what cost? Enyemaka is an android, one who was abandoned but then repurposed by the two sisters. It's her job to take care of Ify. To teach her and make sure she's safe. It's a job she took to heart. And a job that she'll do to her last. “Other War Girls have gotten used to sleeping without their arms or their legs. But Onyii's phantom limb haunts her in her sleep. In her dreams, she has all of her arms and legs and she can run.” Warnings: War Girls touches upon a lot of heavy – yet very real – subjects. These are the sort of things that happen in the real world – in any world that is touched upon by war. There are subjects such as kidnapping, child soldiers, and the like all within these pages. War Girls was described to me as a female-focused and futuristic Black Panther novel. And that was more than enough to sell me on this novel. And you know what, it absolutely lived up to that promise. I know that some people will be intimidated about picking this novel up, thanks to the heavy basis is has on the Nigerian Civil War. I know I personally was a bit overwhelmed at the idea, since I'm not an expert at the subject. But I honestly had no trouble following along and can say that I have a stronger appreciation now, having read this book. So I encourage anybody that is hesitating to just go ahead and give it a try. War Girls was a beautiful and emotionally compelling book. The story of Onyii and Ify was both beautiful and heartbreaking, eliciting dozens of different emotions from me at any given point. I can't recall the last time I was so invested in the well-being of two characters. These girls felt real to me, it was as if they truly were living, breathing people, and I was desperate to see them through to the end. This novel will start out in such a way that I found myself immediately sucked into the action. It helps that it started off running – throwing us right into the more intense parts that come with an active war. The ups and downs in this novel were rough at times, but honestly, that was perfectly suited to a novel that was designed to make us feel the devastation of civil war. There's something eerie and beautiful about that fact. And a bit heartbreaking as well, of course. War Girls was an amazingly intense read – it may have been a science fiction novel, but it was heavily rooted in real lif
Kaitie-Maday 4 months ago
I was excited to receive this book because it is a mash-up of two genres that I really like, dystopian and historical fiction, although it felt as though I missed part of the backstory to this book. I really enjoyed the part one of the book because it showed the family that is created within a war torn country and the little sanctuary that is created in the hopes of keeping them safe. However, once that sanctuary is attacked and Ify is taken to live in the Nigerian part of the country Onyii basically becomes a living weapon for the Republic of Biafra. In part 2 of the book there is a 4 year time jump and the fluidity of the narration breaks down. At this point it became a slog for me to finish the book. I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't. I also felt that there should have been a glossary for some of the words and perhaps pronunciations for the names, it would have made it easier to read. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from Razorbill Books via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.
HeatherD10 4 months ago
I needed to sit on this book for a bit before writing this review because the story was so much more than I expected. Going in I knew nothing about the Nigerian Civil War and I still wonder if that helped or hurt my first reading of this book. Because of the way my brain processes thingsm I think it hindered my reading process that I didn't know anything going in. While I loved the beginning of the story and getting to know Onyii and her sister Ify and how they survive in a destroyed, war torn Earth. I found the story progression afterwards to be confusing at times as words, technology, battles and the like all seemed to be above me. However, the story of Onyii and Iffy and their relationship to one another kept me pushing through. Two sisters stuck on opposite sides of a war that seem to think each side are right. The author does a great job of interweaving suspense throughout the story and emotional, lots of war, and loss, and emotion. While I think this is a great story, I do not think they way it is told is for everyone. Many readers will not get into it because of all the technology and warfare. I do think it will be great to reread this and also to read the second one to see where the story goes. I needed to sit on this book for a bit before writing this review because the story was so much more than I expected. Going in I knew nothing about the Nigerian Civil War and I still wonder if that helped or hurt my first reading of this book. Because of the way my brain processes thingsm I think it hindered my reading process that I didn't know anything going in. While I loved the beginning of the story and getting to know Onyii and her sister Ify and how they survive in a destroyed, war torn Earth. I found the story progression afterwards to be confusing at times as words, technology, battles and the like all seemed to be above me. However, the story of Onyii and Iffy and their relationship to one another kept me pushing through. Two sisters stuck on opposite sides of a war that seem to think each side are right. The author does a great job of interweaving suspense throughout the story and emotional, lots of war, and loss, and emotion. While I think this is a great story, I do not think they way it is told is for everyone. Many readers will not get into it because of all the technology and warfare. I do think it will be great to reread this and also to read the second one to see where the story goes.
Anonymous 4 months ago
When I started reading "War Girls" I liked how the cyborg themes reminded me of books such as the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but as I continued reading the world changed shapes. I liked how Onyebuchi gave us a full image of the setting's history, by giving us the before, during, and aftermath of the war. It was a very well written book and you can tell personal emotions and pains were written into each page. The themes of family, love, pain, hope, change, war and PTSD were a core part of the story. I liked how as a reader you really get to experience them along with each character. That being said the reader really gets hurtled into a war zone, quite literally. It's a painful read. Anyone reading feels the horrors as if they were being played out right in front of their eyes. At points the story felt like it was dragging but I think that is because when one writes about themes like such it is easy to sometimes lose your reader in the chaos. Overall, It was an eyeopening novel and written with true care.
Juinnye 4 months ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from a novel seemingly about a futuristic war fought with humans and robots in Nigeria, but what I discovered was much richer than just a robot war. This is a story primarily about sisters, who are separated by war, and grow up fighting two different sides, and how they return to each other. The author paints such a vivid picture of this world that I found myself completely transported. He gives deep and meaningful character descriptions that leave you caring for both of the sisters and their worlds, letting you understand both sides. On top of that, the action, drama and adventure are skillfully deployed throughout, leaving you to always turn the page to see what happens next. If you love novels about sisterly love, belonging and striving for a better world (along with some badass female empowerment), this book is for you!
gelm 5 months ago
Possible Future? I received an advance reader copy of this book from BookishFirst. This book takes place in the not too distant future in which the world's superpowers have bombed each other, the Earth is covered in radiation, and many people live in space colonies. Those who are left behind on Earth must be tough and adaptable to avoid the radiation and affected wildlife. Technology is very advanced enough so that limbs and organs can be replaced if damaged. The book is based off of the Nigerian Civil War. One of the main characters, Onyii, was/is a child soldier who rescues her "little sister" Ify from the enemy. Unfortunately, in war, things are not always as simple as they seem. Ify is torn between who she thinks she is and who she was raised to be. The ending was very sad and leaves a possible opening for a sequel.
AOMullan44 5 months ago
WAR GIRLS is a brilliantly written science fiction story that immediately captured my attention from the very first page. I quickly found myself completely immersed in the setting and transported to a very different and brutal world where war and survival are the only way of life. Tochi Onyebuchi has written an outstanding story that is based on the Nigerian Civil War that took place in the1960’s and is inspired by his mother’s own stories as a child during that war. WAR GIRLS sheds light on a war that is unfamiliar to many but is described by the author as “perhaps the most painful episode in Nigerian history.” This book is a faced paced, powerful story about two sisters who are separated by war and their struggle to find their way back to each other. WAR GIRLS takes place in the future and is set in the war-torn country of Nigeria. The book is divided into three parts as it follows the journey of two sisters, Onyii and Ify and is told from the viewpoint of these two main characters. In this YA futuristic science fiction book, the technology is extremely advanced. Extensive networks exist making communication possible without talking as high speed trains roam through the jungle. Wars are fought by giant humanoid robots and soldiers have augmented limbs, eyes and brains. Despite all these advances, the country has been ravaged by war as the conflict between Nigeria and Biafra escalates. Onyii and Ify are sisters and survivors! The year is 2172 and they live in the war torn country of Nigeria after a nuclear war has left the planet uninhabitable. Those fortunate enough have left the planet. The ones left behind are forced to adapt, often sacrificing body parts for bionic limbs and artificial organs in order to survive. The sisters have been living in a secret hidden refugee camp for girls that has served as a refuge from the fighting. Onyii is sixteen, an experienced warrior who is determined to keep her little sister safe in a dangerous world. Ify is brilliant, always testing her boundaries and often finds herself in trouble. When the camp is brutally attacked by the Nigerians, the girls are suddenly ripped apart and find themselves on opposite sides of the war and on very different paths that could forever divide them. WAR GIRLS is a brutal, fast paced, action packed story filled with heartbreak and angst and ends with a powerful climax. The main characters are young, strong and well developed. The writing style and changing points of view give voice to the different sides of the conflict, exposing the ugly truths of war and challenging the reader to choose. I found this story to be inspirational, overwhelming and heartbreaking. Agu’s character, along with the other synths in this story, really impacted me in a very emotional way. Agu’s journey with each of the sisters pulled the story together and then in the end left me devastated. This story is brilliantly written and is a phenomenal futuristic science fiction book that has a unique setting based on a real world tragedy. Although I really didn’t like how the story ended, it takes a realistic view of war and has the reader wondering if anyone really wins when there is so much death, destruction and loss. It’s a compelling story about family, and the powerful bond between sisters. I truly look forward to seeing where Tochi Onyebuchi takes us in his next book. Thanks to Razorbill Books, Penguin Teen and BookishFirst for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
TattooedBibliophile 5 months ago
“She has walked through so much of her life believing the flesh and meat inside bodies so easily hackable and broken, so easily understood and manipulated, but now she sees that she was wrong. Her skin is hard. It endures. It grows scar tissue to make itself stronger. It molds itself. It adapts. It persists.” Did you study of The Biafran War, also known as the Nigerian Civil War? I am embarrassed to say that I’ve never even heard of it. Apparently I’m not alone. There is very little literature about the war, and what does exist is largely propaganda. War Girls offers a fictional scope into a very real political climate of a country torn by racism, a lack of political representation, and oil. The War Girls are Biafrans who attempted to hide themselves from the war, to survive in the woods on their own compound. But their luck runs out, and Onyii and her sister Ify are separated, and end up on opposite sides of the civil war. Onyii, believing her sister dead, becomes a weapon for her commanding officer, and is called the Demon of Biafra. Ify is unknowingly adopted by the man who cut her sister’s arm off as a child, and is assimilated into the Nigerian country. Both of them are being used. "Be the ram for them.” Onyii has destroyed herself, body and soul, for the good of her country. Upping herself constantly with drugs and repairing her broken body with mechanical parts, she is more of a shell than a girl. When speaking with a friend, they speak of Abraham and his sacrifice of his son. When God sends him the ram so that he may spare his son, Onyii realizes that she is not Abraham. She is not the son. She is the ram. "But Onyii sees a girl who wanted nothing of this, who had no desire for bloodshed or gunfire, who picked up a rifle only reluctantly. This is what war does to us, Onyii tells herself.” Her best friend, commanding officer, Chinelo, is one of the last people she loves. A brave, smart girl, she is one of the last pieces tethering Onyii to the earth. The potential she has to do great things is wasted on battle strategies and war politics. She and Ify represent the potential war destroys. "'Its ok,’ OnyII says, and she knows she’s lying, but she has learned that sometimes it is her job as a big sister to lie to them, if only to bring them a moment of peace. Of relief. If you shall do it, do it to me, she says to the world. To the war that is waiting for them.” This quote really brought the point home for me. All of the children are being lied to. And deep down, most of them know it. They buy the lies because they are easier going down than the truth, that their sacrifice of their lives and humanity are being wasted on the greed of men. I've read a few books recently that remind me why books are so important, why people who are successful read, why libraries are the true backbone of a civilized country. Knowledge is power. Those who are powerful try to suppress knowledge to hoard their power, to keep it from others. Tochi Onyebuchi gifts us with the powerful truth, disguised as a sci-fi novel. 5/5, HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Isabelle Wagner 5 months ago
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi is a book that takes a horrific event in history and turns it into a futuristic story to bring awareness to the world in a way that draws you in and makes you want to learn more about the actual history of this war. Like so many other readers that will be drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and promise of a new adventure, I came into this knowing nothing about the Biafran War. While the word Biafran seemed familiar, I would not have been able to tell you one single detail about this even in history but this book has me yearning to learn more. I appreciate the Author's Note at the end of the book that directs the readers to further reading about this. Onyii and Ify are two characters that could not be less alike - one a strong leader that will do anything for the people she loves and the other a studious follower intent to believe what she is told in order to survive and attempt to enjoy her life. But throughout the book, they both are thrown into situations they struggle to handle, they both grow into women stronger than they themselves could have imagined, and they both make decisions they never would have expected to be forced to make. Two desperate but strong women show us the struggle of life during war times and what that can turn you into, but also how redemptive everything can turn out to be. War Girls is a beautiful and educational story that every girl should read.
KateT74 5 months ago
I had a hard time finishing this book for multiple reasons. First, I don’t enjoy reading dystopian books and the subject matter of girls being forced to kill in a war is very difficult to read about. The author shines a light on a part of history I had no idea about. I think for those like myself who are not familiar with the Nigerian Civil War, the story might be confusing when it comes to the two factions. The writing was amazing as was the world building looking at the two factions and how different each one was. I would not recommend this book for those that don’t enjoy dystopia. While I won this as a first impressions on Bookishfirst because I loved what I read, this may not be for everyone. I would call this a military science fiction dystopia. I won this ARC for my first impressions review on Bookishfirst. Thank you to the publisher, Razorbill, Bookishfirst and the author for allowing me to read this
SharSam 5 months ago
Action-packed, thought-provoking, dynamic, conversational. Wow, this novel is filled with action that starts from the first chapter, when they hunt for rations then intensifies from there until the shocking end. The pilot military scene with Onyii is my favorite part. I also loved the fantastic technical world building, blew my mind, multiple times I found myself uttering, "wow." The added realistic element about the Nigerian Civil War, made me ponder about wars we don't know about, hidden in our history. The relationship between the sisters, Onyii, and Ify is dynamic in the sense they get separated by war but hold a secret bond through the story until the shocking end. There's so much going on in this novel it would be a good idea to read with a buddy. The book is large 443 pages long, a bit daunting for me, but the entertaining aspect helped the novel move along quickly. Thank you Bookishfirst and Razorbill, Penquin Random House for the advanced readers copy. I won the novel, so this is my honest review.
Breywar 5 months ago
I don’t even know where to begin. So let’s start at the beginning. I was super excited for this book. Literally thrilled that I got it and early. And then it took me a week to finish, but I was completely enthralled and addicted. There was so much going on, and I absolutely loved every second, even though it did take me longer than it should have. I knew nothing about the Nigerian Civil War, but man am I going to find out! Wins: -the unlikeable characters so unlikeable, but so redeemable. I will be honest, I hated Onyii at times, but that just made me love her more. And Ify. She annoyed me so bad, but crap did I love the crap out of her! -the action. So. Much. Action! There were few filler chapters where nothing happened, and I absolutely loved it! Everything happens fairly quickly and you’re roped in immediately! So freaking good! -the interludes between parts. Yes! I loved them! I wanted Enyemara to find Onyii or even Ify. And when she was about to die, my heart was literally breaking! What a good side-arc for this book! -the heartbreaking moments. I’m the type of person who doesn’t get emotional when people die in books. It’s expected for the genre that I read, but there were so many deaths that genuinely tore me apart and I had to take long breaks from it! -the authors note, and the history lesson. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I knew nothing, and now I know so much! Thank you for that! Opportunities: -not a whole lot of description. I have no idea what anybody actually looked like. Which was a huge let down. We got a lot of facts about how young they were, what color their hair was and what robotics they had. But no description of them. -I just read 446 pages of amazing technology but I have no idea what any of it actually looks like. Mechs. No idea. They were mentioned a lot, but from what I gathered, they’re giant fighting robots that the cyborgs power with their own bodies and they can feel pain -the authors note at the end and not the beginning. I’m just picking at straws here. I would’ve loved that in the beginning, but it’s absolutely an amazing authors note In conclusion. Yes this book is absolutely insane. Prepare to have a love-hate-love relationship with absolutely everyone, and be prepared to feel super emotional over some of the characters. I loved every second, and am already psyched for re-read! Incredible book!