Genre(s): science fiction, fantasy, young adult, dystopian
Publication: October 15, 2019
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.
In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life.
Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.
And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there. (Goodreads)
From what I understand, this book is inspired by the Nigerian civil war which raged from 1967 to 1970. Of course this war is something that is not taught or even mentioned in the vast majority of US school curriculum so let me give you some numbers. During the two and a half years war, there were 100,000 military casualties and up to 3 million people died of starvation/famine because all supply lines had been cut. If you want to learn more about it here is the Wikipedia page. Many reviewers suggest learning about this war before picking up the book.
That being said, this sounds like a great read. We have sibling bonds, sci fi battles, a possible down-the-road conclusion to the climate change that currently wracks our planet, and hope for a better future and the people who are willing to fight for it.
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