Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.
When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.
With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.
Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.
Oh my gosh – more people need to be talking about this book. IT WAS SO GOOD! This is easily a favorite of the year. Warcross fans – where you at?!
Think of it like this. All the cool fast-paced futuristic/gamer vibes of Warcross but set in Seoul, South Korea. But don’t dismiss this book if you aren’t normally one for sci-fi or dystopian stories. There’s something for everyone – I’m talking action, romance, friendships, drama, EMOTIONAL TRAUMA – and the story-telling is phenomenal (easy to follow and damn hard to put down).
Love is a country. It’s vast and endless and full of an unbreakable hope.
Jaewon is an ex-gang member trying for a better life by attending a university in the Neo State. After an intense recruitment simulation (holy shit – you aren’t prepared for that, guys…), he’s thrust into weapons-development alongside the Director’s son, but things quickly go haywire. He meets Tera, a ‘test subject’ for the government – except she’s so much more than she seems, and the Neo State isn’t quite the honorable establishment he thought. And as Jaewon discovers secrets within secrets, his past comes drudging up, threatening to devour him.
I want to show her that life isn’t made of battles to be won. That life isn’t about winning or losing, and that her existence doesn’t need to be something she needs to deserve.
Jaewon had me rooting for him instantly. His voice in the novel was SO real, and he has a way of grounding you in the story from chapter one. I can’t even pinpoint what exactly it is about him, though its partly thanks to how well he’s developed, but I was right there with him, feeling everything he felt. But just wait – there’s a whole pile of characters that will tug on your heartstrings just as much. GUYSSSS I was so emotional over everything, from Tera to Alex to Young. And AMA omg.
There are so many people who need her. I’m just the one person who wants her.
Needless to say, I loved every minute.
I’m going to shove this book at everyone I know. If you haven’t picked up this book, you’re missing out on the best of 2017. You don’t want to miss this.