Sci-Fi Distopian Future

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I was excited to receive this book because it is a mash-up of two genres that I really like, dystopian and historical fiction, although it felt as though I missed part of the backstory to this book.

I really enjoyed the part one of the book because it showed the family that is created within a war torn country and the little sanctuary that is created in the hopes of keeping them safe. However, once that sanctuary is attacked and Ify is taken to live in the Nigerian part of the country Onyii basically becomes a living weapon for the Republic of Biafra.

In part 2 of the book there is a 4 year time jump and the fluidity of the narration breaks down. At this point it became a slog for me to finish the book. I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't. I also felt that there should have been a glossary for some of the words and perhaps pronunciations for the names, it would have made it easier to read.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from Razorbill Books via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.