Rebelwing (Rebelwing, #1)
"Mixing everything that's best about dragons, dystopia, and generational conflict, Tang delivers a high flying debut that pulls no punches." --E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Business is booming for Prudence Wu.A black-market-media smuggler and scholarship student at the prestigious New Columbia Preparatory Academy, Pru is lucky to live in the Barricade Coalition where she is free to study, read, watch, and listen to whatever she wants. But between essays and exams, she chooses to spend her breaks sweet-talking border patrol with her best friend, Anabel, in order to sell banned media to the less fortunate citizens of the United Continental Confederacy, Inc. When a drop-off goes awry, Pru narrowly escapes UCC enforcers to find that her rescuer is, of all things, a sentient cybernetic dragon. On the one hand, Pru is lucky not to be in prison, or worse. On the other, the dragon seems to have imprinted on her permanently, which means she has no choice but to be its pilot. Drawn into a revolution she has no real interest in leading, Pru, Anabel, and friends Alex and Cat become key players in a brewing conflict with the UCC as the corporate government develops advanced weaponry more terrifying and grotesque than Pru could have ever imagined.

Rebelwing (Rebelwing, #1) Details

TitleRebelwing (Rebelwing, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherRazorbill / Penguin Random House
ISBN-139781984835093
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons

Rebelwing (Rebelwing, #1) Review

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 49% as my first official ARC dnf ever. And I'm super disappointed because this was one of my most-hyped books because DRAGONS but also CYBER-SENTIENT DRAGONS . . . but what I got was uber, Jay-Kristoff-level-annoying sassy characters, slow plot, too much info-dumping, and something that just didn't flow right to keep me interested. Also, not enough of the promised robotic dragons. Sure, I may try to pick this up again before the release date, but I'm not holding my breath.I received a digi DNF @ 49% as my first official ARC dnf ever. And I'm super disappointed because this was one of my most-hyped books because DRAGONS but also CYBER-SENTIENT DRAGONS . . . but what I got was uber, Jay-Kristoff-level-annoying sassy characters, slow plot, too much info-dumping, and something that just didn't flow right to keep me interested. Also, not enough of the promised robotic dragons. Sure, I may try to pick this up again before the release date, but I'm not holding my breath.I received a digital ARC from Razorbill/Penguin Random House via Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    For a hot minute my TBR pile was smaller than my Read pile, but all these awesome new releases killed that. Books, amiright?
  • Amélie Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even start with REBELWING?This is the Asian SFF book of my dreams -- the one that little Amelie desperately needed in her life, and I am so incredibly, heart-bursting-from-chest-ingly happy that it is coming to you in 2020.REBELWING follows the story of Prudence Wu, a witty and precocious high school student with a side job: she smuggles banned media from one of the last free, democratic strongholds of a futuristic United States into "Incorporated" lands strife with propaganda and str Where do I even start with REBELWING?This is the Asian SFF book of my dreams -- the one that little Amelie desperately needed in her life, and I am so incredibly, heart-bursting-from-chest-ingly happy that it is coming to you in 2020.REBELWING follows the story of Prudence Wu, a witty and precocious high school student with a side job: she smuggles banned media from one of the last free, democratic strongholds of a futuristic United States into "Incorporated" lands strife with propaganda and stringent controls. Her life is changed forever when she is saved from a smuggling-trip-gone-wrong by a sentient mechanical dragon, and swept into a game of revolution and rebellion.REBELWING boasts diversity with its POC/marginalized cast. I've grown up seeing Asian characters appear as "the ones who die first in the battle" (Pacific Rim) or "the sidekicks with glasses and no personality" (Gossip Girl) and just never, ever in the front seat, driving the cool mechanical dragon and leading the rebellion and saving the day. In REBELWING, the POC/mixed/queer characters are the heroes who save the day, and they are fighting for the good side, the free side.From a personal conversation with the author, I know that the aftereffects of the 2016 elections were a major influencing factor for this book, and I saw so much of it as I read it. Between the witty lines of banter from children with enviously large vocabularies, it explores all aspects of revolution, rebellion, and resistance: the cost of liberty, the weariness of a generation past & the hope of future generations — and the personal sacrifices and conflicts that come with fighting for a better world. And most importantly of all, it hands the torch to the next generation and ends on a note of hope.2020 can't come soon enough.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    oh my GOD OFFICIAL BLURB: “Freedom! Revolution! Mecha-dragons! Soaring with wit, heart, and thrilling heroics in spades, Rebelwing is too damn fun to put down.” —Emily Skrutskie, author of Hullmetal Girls
  • Francesca Flores
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY WOW THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! There are few words that could describe how much I LOVE Prudence Wu and this world that the author has crafted. Everything about this world is at once intelligent-as-heck, stunningly beautiful, and all the while universal. Because that's what I felt in each of these characters: something universal that tied me to them and made me absolutely invested in their story. Pru is one of my favorite protagonists ever, with her wit, humor that made me laugh out loud many ti HOLY WOW THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! There are few words that could describe how much I LOVE Prudence Wu and this world that the author has crafted. Everything about this world is at once intelligent-as-heck, stunningly beautiful, and all the while universal. Because that's what I felt in each of these characters: something universal that tied me to them and made me absolutely invested in their story. Pru is one of my favorite protagonists ever, with her wit, humor that made me laugh out loud many times, and her searing emotions that always rip me to shreds. Also, Alexandre Santiago Lamarque is <3 <3 <3 . And ALL the other characters: Anabel & Cat (*insert endless heart emojis here*), Jay Park, Hakeem Bishop (who I went from snarling at every time I saw him on the page to nodding along in agreement with everything he said by the end), Gabriel, AND OF COURSE SOPHIE WU (*insert pterodactyl-screams here*). Also, who could forget Rebelwing itself?! This book was delectable. Everything about the world was so well thought-out, I loved all the intermittent news broadcasts/reports/chat rooms that just helped bring the story to life so much. The moral dilemmas were wild, the characters were nuanced and flawed, the ending GUTTED me, and damn were there some gorgeous lines in here. Here's one of my favorites to wrap up this review:"Art is love with no place left to call home."
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  • Hannah F. Whitten
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the smartest, funniest, and most thought-provoking books I have ever read. Andrea’s characters and descriptions are thoughtfully and cleverly written and the world she creates is fascinating and terrifying and so, so fun to be immersed in.
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a NEED not a want
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    January 1, 1970
    Why am I such trash for this summary?
  • booksneedcaffeinetoo
    January 1, 1970
    According to Andrea's twitter this book contains:"1. cold war via robot dragons2. 3 fighty girls + 1 soft pretty boy fighter pilot3. battling dystopian evil for school credits4. aggressive snack breaks5. world's saltiest single mom"PLUS prep schools and smuggling and a sentient cybernetic DRAGON 🐉?!?!?2020 NEEDS TO HURRY UP AND GET HERE SO I CAN READ THIS BOOK ALREADY!!!!!
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  • Grace Li
    January 1, 1970
    Rebelwing is a gem of a book -- brilliant, witty, and, at turns, heartbreaking. It's about power, political dynasties, all the glory and folly of revolution, but it's also about family, teenagers carving their space in the world, and all the small, lovely moments that make a life worth living. I loved everything about it (but especially Jay Park, who has my whole heart and then some).
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This book makes me feel the same way I feel about Pacific Rim. It's bright and neon and full of absolutely delightful, unapologeitc ridiculousness. It's witty and warm, full of biting humor and character growth to die for. But it's also a social commentary and a ruthless destruction of capitalism and censorship. It's about a girl piloting a dragon-shaped mech that's sentient and imprinted on her mind. But it's also a war story. It's about absolute disaster teens who I love with my entire being a This book makes me feel the same way I feel about Pacific Rim. It's bright and neon and full of absolutely delightful, unapologeitc ridiculousness. It's witty and warm, full of biting humor and character growth to die for. But it's also a social commentary and a ruthless destruction of capitalism and censorship. It's about a girl piloting a dragon-shaped mech that's sentient and imprinted on her mind. But it's also a war story. It's about absolute disaster teens who I love with my entire being and their straight up shenanigans. But it's also about revolution, and maybe a little bit about Les Mis, which makes it--you know--My Thing. My Exact Brand. I admit I'm biased to like this story on principle, but trust me when I say that even if you don't think it's your jam, you will probably love it anyway. I'm not kidding when I say it's witty--the humor in this book had me in stitches, and my girlfriend asking me why I couldn't stop laughing out loud. But there are some poignant character moments that had me turning into a sobbing mess because (view spoiler)[ he'd make music, I DIE (hide spoiler)]. There's a gorgeous attitude about this book, which drops you into a near-future world that feels uncomfortably possible while at the same time being a little bit ridiculous, but in the best way. It trusts you to figure it out for yourself, much like the main character, Pru, who has to learn on the fly (literally). You learn along with her, and it's a wild ride, and I loved every page of it. TL;DR: Revoltuionary disaster teens save the world from censorship and capitalism with a magical dragon mech. Please preorder now. You will not regret it.
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