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War Girls von Tochi Onyebuchi
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War Girls (2019. Auflage)

von Tochi Onyebuchi (Autor)

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In 2172, when much of the world is unlivable, sisters Onyii and Ify dream of escaping war-torn Nigeria and finding a better future together but are, instead, torn apart.
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Titel:War Girls
Autoren:Tochi Onyebuchi (Autor)
Info:Razorbill (2019), 464 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek, Read 2021
Bewertung:****1/2
Tags:hb, YA, sci-fi, Black author

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War Girls von Tochi Onyebuchi (Author)

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RGG: Science fiction set in a future Nigeria / Biafra civil war. Powerful fighting scenes, weapon technology doesn't overwhelm the real emotional toal of war on humans. Interesting companion to Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone. Some implicit romance between some of the war girls. Reading Interest: 13-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Jan 18, 2021 |
Listened to audio narrated by Adepero Oduye. While I liked the narator the story itself is challenging to follow in audio format as the story jumps from one group to another.

The year is 2172 set in a civil war in Nigeria. Children are mechanized, body parts replaced with bionic parts and trained to fight in the war using mechs. Neither side is all good or all bad, both claim to be the righteous side of the battle but both sides do horrific things to win the war.

These two girls love each other like sisters but after an attack they are separated, both believing the other is dead. With the girls on either side of the conflict, they are used and manipulated to win for their side of the war until they find out the other is alive and things take a dramatic turn.

The story is set in the future and even though there's mech's and bionics it often has a historic feeling. I understood why after listening to the author's insight at the end of the book. The author gleaned a lot of historic information from the 1969 Nigerian civil war and additional conflicts in Nigeria. Not an easy read, in fact it shows the gritty, ugly side of political war, using the perspectives of both sides as well as the failure of outside countries to act on the atrocities being committed by both sides.

I was expecting a completely different story, but the story I read was well done, I liked it and I think others will like it as well.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
I truly loved this novel. I reread it multiple times. I hate books that in any way deal with war or soldiers but this was so elegantly done.
Be familiar with the Biafran War before you read this. I loved Half of a Yellow Sum by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie so I had a passing familiarity. Even the wikipedia article will be enough but try to understand what happened historically before reading this. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I won this book off of goodreads and honestly didn't know what to expect. I've honestly never researched other countries histories and so I went into this book blind.

The book is set in the future where the country of Nigeria is in a civil war with the new republic of Biafra. This is following an evacuation of the world due to high radiation being over the majority of it. There is also a lot of high technology creating what is called Augments and Synths.

Altogether, it creates a very unique and interesting story of a very different war than what we've seen today. It also teaches about a culture I've honestly not researched much. I am definitely interested to see what the next book brings! ( )
  Yodareads12 | Nov 30, 2020 |
If you're in the mood for action packed sci-fi with intricate world building and real world parallels you should absolutely pick this up. It's got amazing mech fights, fascinating and heartbreaking interpersonal stuff, and wonderfully complex teen girls. Also it's set during a civil war, so the violence feels guttingly realistic at times (hi, when you get to the part with roses call me if you are also VERY UPSET).

My favorite bit is the first of the 3 segments, as I got to know the main characters and learn about the technology and world. I particularly love the balletic and cinematic way Onyebuchi writes the mech fights and the other battles, giving the story a hectic and overwhelming feel during those scenes. For my taste, some of the later parts a little slow after the opening action, but ymmv depending on how you like your sci-fi. I also have some spoilery thoughts about frustrations with a few characters' motivations, if you do read this and want to talk!

Finally, read the author's note. I knew so little about the actual history that inspired this story, so I'm planning to read several of the non-fiction titles referenced in the note. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
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