Rebel Seoul

Rebel Seoul

Book - 2017
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In 2199 in the Neo State of Korea, eighteen-year-old Jaewon is partnered with supersoldier Tera, but their evolving love is threatened when Jaewon must choose among conflicting loyalties-- to the totalitarian government that promises to end all war, the nationalist rebels his father followed, or the crime syndicate staging a coup.
Publisher: New York : Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Inc., [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781620142998
Branch Call Number: OH
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm.

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JessicaGma Mar 19, 2018

This book did have a lot of things going for it - good plot twists, non-North American setting, tortured hero, interesting political setup.... It might have suffered a bit in character developing (compare this to Jade City where you have almost too much about the characters) and perhaps more is needed about the robots, but still an interesting read.

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Tauriel
Mar 17, 2018

THERE IS A GLOSSARY IN THE BACK!!!!! (I didn't know until I finished! The Korean words distracted me from reading, as Oh uses much of her native language.)

I picked this book up because I thought the title was interesting. "Rebel Seoul" reminded me of a 'rebel soul.' I read the blurb inside, and thought it sounded interesting: kinda like Neon Genesis Evangelion, but in a futuristic South Korea. It is about Lee Jaewon, a high-schooler, and the GMs (God Machines), which he can pilot. As the story progresses, Jaewon is recruited by the government for a top secret project involving a mysterious person named Tera. Meanwhile, through his experiences and meetings with other people, pieces of Jaewon's past surface and we learn more about the vivid world that Axie Oh (the author) created.

PLOT: Full of un/expected twists and turns, with a political/governmental aspect that you don't often see. While somethings were predictable, others weren't, and it was enjoyable to read for fun. Was is kinda cliche? At parts, but the world of New Seoul made up for it.

CHARACTERS: Lots of character development, but nothing overdone or profound. Simple development with heavy results down the road. Jaewon was a very interesting character who developed well, as did his fellows, although some of characters are rather cliche.

SETTING: New Seoul was bright, colorful, and (in my opinion) the best part of the book. It was woven into the cloth of the story, and is an example of good world building, (But not "excellent" building).

CONCLUSION: 3.7 out of Five stars. 72% of a hundred. Thumbs up.

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