Rebel Seoul Review
Updated: Jan 21
After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State. When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war. With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.
Now I'm going to tell you the Good, the Bad, and my final thoughts on the book.
-I love the characters in this book, Jaewon, Tera, Alex. I enjoyed following them and seeing where their stories were headed. Each of them had their own motivations and hurdles to get over. Jaewon is trying to do the right thing, Tera wants to be free, and Alex is just looking for someone to care about him. All of this why trying to navigate a war.
-The world of Rebel Seoul was great, I could imagine it as if I was watching a TV show rather than reading a book.
-The pacing in this story is a bit slow, it took a while for the plot to pick up, and even then I wasn't sure which plot point to focus on, the characters, or the war around them, as by the end of the book I felt the war aspect was condensed to the last act.
-There's a lot of telling in this book and a lot of the telling gets really technical. It tells of each type of weapon that's being use, each robot. If this was an anime it would make sense because we're seeing what they're talking about, but in book form, it comes off as "oh okay, that's cool, I guess."
What I've been seeing is a lot of people saying that Rebel Seoul is a combination of anime and Korean dramas, and I have to agree. I was getting Gundam Wing meets Another Oh Hae Young feels, I loved it. While I didn't devour this book and it took until halfway through the book that I didn't want to put it down, I think it was worth the purchase and I would definitely recommend it to friends and sci-fi/anime fans alike.
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Overall Rating: Good