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If you're looking for a beach read, this is not the book for you. If you only like books that are light and fluffy, that give you hope for humanity's potential, do not pick up this book. But if you want something that will grab hold of your heart on the very first page and will not let go until long after you've closed the book and had a good solid cry, then you should absolutely read War Girls.

Set approximately 150 years in the future in the middle of a war-torn Nigeria, Tochi Onyebuchi's masterpiece of a novel pulls no punches. It follows Onyii and Ifeoma, sisters, child soldiers, and orphans of the brutal war between Nigeria and the fledgling rebel nation of Biafra, as they are repeatedly traumatized both by what they survive at the hands of others and by the heinous acts they themselves are forced to commit.

War Girls deals with hard, violent things. I had to put it down multiple times just to collect myself enough to keep going. It's difficult to read, as it should be. War should never be easy to digest. But it's also beautiful, full to the brim with proud, strong women who fight for the opportunity to live in a better world. It shows that even in the midst of hell on earth, there is love to be found.

— From Laura


Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria.

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.

Acclaimed author, Tochi Onyebuchi, has written an immersive, action-packed, deeply personal novel perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Marie Lu, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

About the Author

Tochi Onyebuchi is a writer based in Connecticut. He holds a BA from Yale, an MFA in screenwriting from Tisch, and a JD from Columbia Law School. Tochi is the author of Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder.

Praise For…

"A brilliant novel about sisters, war, and freedom."--Booklist, starred review 

“Onyebuchi has created a fascinating futuristic Nigeria and a plot filled with left hooks and upper cuts, even as he nobly illuminates one of the most pervasive conditions of the human experience.”--The New York Times Book Review 

"Set amid the horrors of war in a world ravaged by climate change and nuclear disaster, this heart-wrenching and complex page-turner, drawn from the 1960s Nigerian civil war, will leave readers stunned and awaiting the second installment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"The intense plot is narrated in alternating third-person perspectives, and the author explores themes surrounding colonization, family, and the injustices of war. The story culminates in an unexpected, heart-wrenching end. An exhilarating series opener."--Kirkus Reviews 

"[A] compulsively readable story with high action and high drama in equal measure. Perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi’s novels and the Pacific Rim films."--SLJ

War Girls
is a brutal and spectacular feat of imagination.”--Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451481696
ISBN-10: 0451481690
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Pages: 480
Language: English