Waiting On Wednesday (116)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

War Girls
Tochi Onyebuchi
Razorbill, October 2019
Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

From the publisher—

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.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? While this genre is one of my favorites, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything set in Nigeria and this intrigues me. Most post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian books are set in the remnants of the First World and to have one in the current Third World has me already looking for great worldbuilding. Is Nigeria still a Third World country just before the events that led to the awful conditions of 2172? I really want to know!