October 16, 2020

Review: War Girls

War Girls War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the second book I've read by this author, and I think this author is not for me. I liked the first one (marginally), but this book just left me feeling meh. It's basically a retelling of the Nigerian Civil War 150 years in the future, after a nuclear exchange that takes out most of North America and Europe but leaves much of Africa and Asia intact. There is a worthy exploration of child soldiers and the terrible toll that takes, but I couldn't really connect to the characters. Also, I'm usually not bothered by descriptions of body horror, but the tech used here--artificial eyes and limbs, nanobots in the blood, and plugs in the back of people's necks that emit cords to allow for direct uploading/downloading--got to me after a while. The cover illustration is gorgeous, though.

Ah well. Onward.

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