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Rebel Seoul
Contributor(s): Oh, Axie
ISBN: 1620142996     ISBN-13: 9781620142998
Publisher: Tu Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.96  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2017
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Robots; Fiction.
Soldiers; Fiction.
War; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017014951
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (1.30 lbs) 389 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72110
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Oh debuts with an engrossing SF thriller that combines giant robots, Korean culture, and dystopian themes. In 2199 in the divided city of Neo Seoul, Lee Jaewon, an ambitious young soldier, is recruited to pilot a God Machine, one of the "massive, human-piloted machines of modern warfare" that operate on the front lines of the decades-long Great War of the Pacific. After Jaewon partners up with Tera, who is part of a project to take the God Machines to a frightening new level of destruction, he discovers that the Neo State of Korea holds devastating secrets. Caught between the establishment (as represented by the tyrannical Director), a rebel faction, and an influential criminal syndicate, Jaewon has to decide where his loyalties rest. The worldbuilding and backstory are left somewhat vague, but Oh balances the story's action sequences with plenty of moral and philosophical quandaries for readers to consider. It's a gripping, satisfying tale on its own, and the ending leaves room for further exploration. Ages 12–up. Agent: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 7 Up—It's the year 2199, post the Great War that left East Asia divided. Living in the slums of Old Seoul, Lee Jaewon wants a better life and enrolls in the Apgujeong Academy in Neo Seoul to secure a high-level position in the military. After surviving a crucial simulator placement test, Jaewon is placed in the Tower to monitor a secret military weapon—human killing machines. As the rebels become stronger, the military must hurry to prepare their human weapons for battle. There's just one problem: Jaewon has fallen in love with his assigned killing machine, Tera, and must make a tough decision between love and war. The theme of fathers and sons is multilayered and engaging in this stand-alone novel. Alex Kim, a friend of Jaewon, desperately seeks his father's approval while his other friend Park Young has made peace with his father. Jaewon's own parental issues fall somewhere in between as he struggles with abandonment and identity. This debut has a large cast of characters that includes teens and adults, and heroes and villains. Jaewon is the most fully developed, but those around him help to shape this appealing young man and to help him grow and decide which side he is on in the impending civil war. VERDICT This action-packed sci-fi novel, with deeper explorations of empathy, humanity, and the capacity to love, is a great choice for most collections.—Dawn Abron, Zion-Benton Public Library, IL

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