Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing sci-fi novel set in New Seoul in the year 2199.
EAST ASIA, 2199. 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 academy's ranks. Abandoned as a child in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past.
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 Republic, or a rebel of the people.
Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.
Praise for Rebel Seoul
* "This action-packed sci-fi novel, with deeper explorations of empathy, humanity, and the capacity to love, is a great choice for most collections." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "Equal parts K-drama (Korean drama) and sci-fi blockbuster, Oh blends futuristic tech, authentic Korean culture, and romance in this complex, utterly engrossing, and wholly fresh story that is sure to entice a wide array of readers." -- Booklist, starred review
* "The story effortlessly blends elements of science fiction, romance, and drama...everyone can enjoy the blockbuster action and heartwarming drama of Oh's novel." -- Foreword Reviews, starred review
"Oh debuts with an engrossing SF thriller that combines giant robots, Korean culture, and dystopian themes... It's a gripping, satisfying tale." -- Publishers Weekly
"Warning! Don't start this book unless you have time to finish it in one sitting because you will not want to put it down! I read this book as fast as I could just so I could read it all over again! This is a heart pounding, wild action packed adventure with characters that you will fall in love with and that stay with you long after you've finished the book. It is one of the most vivid books I've read in a long time--it literally played like a movie in my head. Stunning." -- Ellen Oh, author of Spirit Hunters, founder and president of We Need Diverse Books
"Open the cover of Rebel Seoul and you'll enter the thrilling worlds of Old Seoul and Neo Seoul, where the lines between humanity and technology blur, oppression and treachery are ever-present, and battles are fought in the coolest giant robots in YA literature today. I was mesmerized from start to finish. Look alive, world, here comes Axie Oh." -- Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object
"Rebel Seoul is a stunning debut and a haunting read. Axie Oh will steal your heart with her deft prose and unforgettable characters. I couldn't put this book down. Don't miss it." -- New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre
"Oh deftly weaves a high tech world contrasted with the old and traditional. Rebel Seoul's non-stop action is underscored by deeper themes of loyalty, love in all its forms, and the family we have and the family we choose. A thrilling and wonderfully layered debut." -- Cindy Pon, author of Want and Serpentine