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NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with an offer to expose a government experiment exactly like the one she fled. Soon, Ama is traveling with PHNX on a series of dangerous assignments, using her telepathic powers to aid the rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance. As the war ramps up, PHNX is given its most dangerous mission yet: to infiltrate the base of the Alliance’s new war commander, a young man rumored to have no fear of death. But when Ama sees the commander for the first time, she discovers his identity: Alex Kim, the boy she once loved and who betrayed her. Now, Ama must use her telepathic abilities to pose as an officer in Alex's elite guard, manipulating Alex’s mind so that he doesn’t recognize her. As the final battle approaches, Ama struggles with her mission and her feelings for Alex. Will she be able to carry out her task? Or will she give up everything for Alex again—only to be betrayed once more? Part heist novel, part love story, Rogue Heart is perfect for fans of Marie Lu’s Warcross and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.


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NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with an offer to expose a government experiment exactly like the one she fled. Soon, Ama is traveling with PHNX on a series of dangerous assignments, using her telepathic powers to aid the rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance. As the war ramps up, PHNX is given its most dangerous mission yet: to infiltrate the base of the Alliance’s new war commander, a young man rumored to have no fear of death. But when Ama sees the commander for the first time, she discovers his identity: Alex Kim, the boy she once loved and who betrayed her. Now, Ama must use her telepathic abilities to pose as an officer in Alex's elite guard, manipulating Alex’s mind so that he doesn’t recognize her. As the final battle approaches, Ama struggles with her mission and her feelings for Alex. Will she be able to carry out her task? Or will she give up everything for Alex again—only to be betrayed once more? Part heist novel, part love story, Rogue Heart is perfect for fans of Marie Lu’s Warcross and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

30 review for Rogue Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eri

    after like two years of emotional pining over Alex and Ama from Rebel Seoul....this book just decided to deliver the most pitch-perfect concoction of everything I adore from kdramas in the form of this innocent looking book. THE ANGST LEVELS IN THIS also [redacted spoilery name] is like favorite favorite character and really took me by my surprise how much I fell in love as literally he's my favorite archetype in fiction ever. probably. anyway, fans of the first book definitely will not be after like two years of emotional pining over Alex and Ama from Rebel Seoul....this book just decided to deliver the most pitch-perfect concoction of everything I adore from kdramas in the form of this innocent looking book. THE ANGST LEVELS IN THIS also [redacted spoilery name] is like favorite favorite character and really took me by my surprise how much I fell in love as literally he's my favorite archetype in fiction ever. probably. anyway, fans of the first book definitely will not be disappointed to catch up with Ama who I adore and Alex and other characters! publishing give Axie more books!! coherent review coming soon....hopefully

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz Rebel Seoul was my top read of 2017!! So when I heard there was a companion novel / sequel I knew I had to read Rogue Heart, especially if it shed light on what happened between Ama and Alex!! I am always on the lookout for books set in Asia and this series fits the bill. Rogue Heart as a title does speak to the romance in the book. It's not a bad title... but I would have loved to continue the location titles... Rebel Seoul... Rogue Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz Rebel Seoul was my top read of 2017!! So when I heard there was a companion novel / sequel I knew I had to read Rogue Heart, especially if it shed light on what happened between Ama and Alex!! I am always on the lookout for books set in Asia and this series fits the bill. Rogue Heart as a title does speak to the romance in the book. It's not a bad title... but I would have loved to continue the location titles... Rebel Seoul... Rogue Beijing... that would have been a really neat title!! I DO like this cover a lot better than the Rebel Seoul one though. It still has the character at the center of the art but it speaks a little more to what the story is about... which is a little spy thriller set in the future. The Premise In Rebel Seoul we get a super future world where a War is going on in Asia... using mechs! Experimentation with orphan children is set to release the first super soldiers to win the war... unless they can escape first! I really enjoyed Rebel Seoul and felt like the world, characters and plot came together in a delightful adventure. And we return to this rich sci-fi world in Rogue Heart!! This time we follow Ama. She's the super soldier who is all telepathy and mind control rather than kickass fighter like her sister friend Tera. So instead of jumping into the mechs again we get into the spy part of the war. Ama gets a chance to USE her powers... and to choose which side she's on. As you can probably already tell I loved this sequel!! We get a new POV, Ama, instead of Jaewon, but we pick up where we left off in the war. So its a bit of companion novel and a bit of a sequel. I really enjoyed this aspect of Rogue Heart because I wanted to know so much more about Ama and Alex than we got from Jaewon's POV. And Ama made for a equally compelling protagonist as Jaewon!! I loved how Tsuko kept popping up and causing Ama's heart to be in conflict. It really helped her to be able to choose the path she wanted to take. Sometimes our friends do that for us. Even though we can't travel together there is a bond that won't break. Axie Oh somehow is able to develop new characters in a short amount of time that I care about. And we see the return of many of the characters we loved in Rebel Seoul. I also enjoyed seeing more of the world... We leave behind Seoul and travel to Neo Beijing, pick up a translation app, and infiltrate a mech training base! I was happy to see Ama find a life of her own. She's more than a love interest and a best friend. And we get to see her come into her powers... But I was also happy to see Alex again. Ama needed closure. We go fast and furious and don't linger because this war is about to explode!! My Experience One of the things that quite impressed me about Rebel Seoul was the world. Sure we had stellar characters that I wanted to follow... but this Asia centered war and these new Asian capitals took on a character of their own. We had mechs, scheduled battles, a war of knowledge and the media. And then we had protected cities with shield domes and towers of power. We see a different side of all of this in Rogue Heart. I LOVED THIS! There wasn't rehash but an expanding world. I loved how we saw doppelgangers in Rogue Heart and Ama even touches on them. Similarities in personality or focus that reflect one another while also being independent at the same time. Tera became quite jealous and this touch of friendship was so adorable. We also meet Jaewon's "reflection" and he became my favorite new character!! We also see that the Alliance is not done experimenting on kids. This was a POW! moment for me. I admit that I didn't see them coming but the way Ama dealt with them was so, so good. I'm quite happy with where this current duology has gone. But I also could see jumping into a third book with Su as the lead character... His philosophy on how to end the war is fascinating and I wouldn't mind seeing how that plays out in a plot with him at the center. Plus who doesn't want to see Su happy?! Rogue Heart is a stellar sequel to Rebel Seoul where we follow a different super soldier who isn't sure she wants to be involved in the war anymore. Ama is a strong woman who didn't fight in the traditional way but found her place in a team who searches out the truth! Find out who wins and what happens with TEAM Amaterasu!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building B+ Cover & Title grade Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) For fans of Rebel Seoul, let me just start this off by saying you have to read Rogue Heart - it will soothe your soul. Although Rogue Heart is full of all the angst! What I adored about Rogue Heart is a combination of the detailed science fiction world and the characters. It's been so long since I read a science fiction world in the psuedo future. I'm such a sucker for technology! Oh (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) For fans of Rebel Seoul, let me just start this off by saying you have to read Rogue Heart - it will soothe your soul. Although Rogue Heart is full of all the angst! What I adored about Rogue Heart is a combination of the detailed science fiction world and the characters. It's been so long since I read a science fiction world in the psuedo future. I'm such a sucker for technology! Oh delivers a world that feels far away from our reality, but also within grasp. At the same time, Rogue Heart is a book full of characters. I was reading for the side characters as much as for the main character, my precious Ama! Thematically, Rogue Heart is pure gold. In a world with super soldiers, we are asked at what cost? In a seemingly endless war, what will we do to get the upper hand? And when there's this list of sacrifices and tough decisions, what differentiates us from our enemies? Rogue Heart asks us how we can achieve a true sense of peace. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aila

    I AM CRYING AND I AM READY FOR THIS BOOK TO TAKE ME.

  5. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    4.75 stars POETIC CINEMA and YES. I AM crying rn!! the angst was Too Much and I will not be able to stop thinking about this book for quite a while

  6. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I enjoyed Rogue Heart as much as the previous book, Rebel Seoul. Although the focus here is more on cloak-and-dagger machinations rather than mecha battles, these very anime-inspired characters are just so much fun to follow. In the first book, we followed Jaewon as he becomes close to experimental test subject Tera. In this book, we follow fellow supersoldier test subject Ama as she attempts to hide from the More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I enjoyed Rogue Heart as much as the previous book, Rebel Seoul. Although the focus here is more on cloak-and-dagger machinations rather than mecha battles, these very anime-inspired characters are just so much fun to follow. In the first book, we followed Jaewon as he becomes close to experimental test subject Tera. In this book, we follow fellow supersoldier test subject Ama as she attempts to hide from the authorities trying to track her down. I can only hope that Su (together, they form "Amaterasu" - the name of the project) gets a story in the next book. Story: Ama survived the crash in which she was thought to have perished. Laying low in Neo Beijing, she works at a local restaurant quietly and efficiently. But it can be hard to hide her telepathic powers when they cause her pain - and soon she will be found by a rebel faction who wants to use her for their own ends. Unsure where to go and always caught in her memories of time with Alex, Ama will have to make some hard decisions and soon - before they are made for her. The story moves between China and Korea, with most of the emphasis on Ama's telepathy. There is a mecha battle at the end but for the most part, this is a nice noir thriller type of story. Readers of the first book will remember that Ama formed a relationship with Alex (Jaewon's 'frenemy' and son of the dictator-like bureaucrat) and she still longs to see him again. As well, there is the conflicted Su, the male component of the Amaterasu project, who haunts her as he pursues his own agenda. Most of the characters in the first novel are present in the second, with Alex getting much of the page time due to being a love interest for Ama. More about the supersoldier program is revealed, including some interesting revelations, and more of this interesting world is explored in this second novel. At its heart, what makes the story work is that it has characters you really want to follow - they aren't perfect but they are interesting enough to make the read worthwhile. As well, I have to appreciate the setting of Korea and China, something we don't often get in science fiction. But equally important is that this series is such a great homage to anime, especially mecha/sci fi. There are so few opportunities to read well written and culturally knowledgeable books inspired by manga/anime. I look forward to the next book, when we can learn the story of our favorite emo guy, Su. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    I'm so blown away by how much I loved this, wow

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Oh man, I'm so ready for this book! The first book was like coming home, so I can only imagine how this one will make me feel and I'm SO EXCITED! Also, can we talk about how gorgeous that cover is?! Blog || Instagram || Twitter

  9. 4 out of 5

    K.E.

    Sometimes the path you want and the path you need will get you to the same place, you just needed a detour and a little guidance from someone who believes in you. Ama has choices to make and when she gets in too deep as a spy she thinks it'll help her move on. The future is within her grasp until the past catches up to her and she has to decide to stay on her path or betray everyone and everything she's been fighting for.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A story about love surviving like a weed in the most inhospitable circumstances - I adored this!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Much like its predecessor, Rogue Heart has its moments, but is mostly flat and shallow. The world was not developed in book 1, and Rogue Heart does little to remedy that. There is no explanation given for things. What is this interface that keeps being mentioned? You can't add advanced technology and not explain to your readers what it is and how it works. The characterization is the worst part, though. Ama has the most character development in this story, but everyone else comes across as flat, Much like its predecessor, Rogue Heart has its moments, but is mostly flat and shallow. The world was not developed in book 1, and Rogue Heart does little to remedy that. There is no explanation given for things. What is this interface that keeps being mentioned? You can't add advanced technology and not explain to your readers what it is and how it works. The characterization is the worst part, though. Ama has the most character development in this story, but everyone else comes across as flat, shallow, and unrealistic. The characters banter back and forth in a manner that people do not, I hope, in real life. They never really talk to each other so you don't get to know them or care about them. Shun is just another YA male character that annoyingly draws attention to how handsome he is at every opportunity. Someone like this in real life is either extremely arrogant or they're so insecure about their appearance that they feel the need to constantly draw attention to it. Neither is charming. His feelings for Ama are pointless, as it predictably never goes anywhere. Alex is clearly a troubled individual and I don't think it the type of man any girl should seek to be in a relationship with. He also claims he doesn't put Ama on a pedestal or think of her as an angel while simultaneously seeming to worship her, saying all the cliches, that he's never felt this way toward anyone the way he does with Ama, that she calms him, that he doesn't feel troubled when in her presence but feels free and like he can be himself. Blah, blah, blah. Maybe it's supposed to be endearing, but it comes across as disingenuous. Laying it on a little thick there, aren't you bud? As for this war...It's supposed to be the driving force for the plot, but somehow takes a backseat to Ama and her love life. Even in book 1, we never get an explanation as to WHY this war started in the first place, nor who the villain is supposed to be. Clearly, Oh wants us to think it is the Alliance, but other than them experimenting on some children, we never really see them do anything terrible until the end. I felt like this series was trying to be like the Hunger Games a little bit, albeit way in the future and in Asia. But in the Hunger Games, we know the Capitol is the villain and we clearly see why. Not so here. Both the Alliance and the rebels (but mostly the Alliance) deserve to lose this war for the simple reason that their soldiers do not act like soldiers but idiots. There is a distinct lack of discipline or the taking of things seriously that make me wonder how these fools ever got to be soldiers in the first place and makes the suspension of disbelief that teenagers could ever hold such high and important positions in the military impossible. That's a problem with YA. All the main characters are teenagers and yet they hold such high positions in the government, military, resistance groups, etc. that they cannot realistically or logically have. Their ages are always going to be a problem in that case but there are ways to handle it better than it was here. I read this book because there was a different character, one I found more interesting, and the plot sounded more promising. I hoped it would build on what was already established and be better, since it wasn't a debut book, but I was disappointed. The next time the first book in a series was a let down, I won't reach for the sequel no matter who the main character is.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rich in Color

    Review copy: Purchased I was looking forward to getting back into the world Axie Oh built in Rebel Seoul, and I am delighted to say it’s just as much fun as I remember. This time around, Ama is our narrator, with Jaewon and Tera only showing up as supporting characters in the second half. I’m happy to report that Ama is just as engaging a narrator as Jaewon was. Due to the mental powers granted to Ama by the Amaterasu project, Rogue Heart ends up being more of a spy novel compared to Rebel Seoul’ Review copy: Purchased I was looking forward to getting back into the world Axie Oh built in Rebel Seoul, and I am delighted to say it’s just as much fun as I remember. This time around, Ama is our narrator, with Jaewon and Tera only showing up as supporting characters in the second half. I’m happy to report that Ama is just as engaging a narrator as Jaewon was. Due to the mental powers granted to Ama by the Amaterasu project, Rogue Heart ends up being more of a spy novel compared to Rebel Seoul’s giant robot war novel (though the giant robots and the war are ever-present in the background). It’s a fun change of pace to see other facets of the rebellion against the Alliance, and it was exciting to follow Ama and the other PHNX members as they did their work from the shadows. One of my favorite sub-plots in Rogue Heart was the confirmation that other Neo Cities besides Neo Seoul were also running their own versions of the Amaterasu program. That’s exactly the kind of world-expanding I love in companion novels/sequels, and the way Ama handled her Neo Beijing counterparts were some of my favorite scenes in the book. Tsuko also got a lot more fleshing out in Rogue Heart, and Ama’s scenes with him were equally great. How to make ethical, moral decisions in wartime is a theme I’m fond of, and Rogue Heart gave the characters plenty of opportunities to ask themselves and others that very question. Where is the border between what you’re willing to do and the step too far? Like Ama’s decision to go undercover to spy on Alex. And by going undercover I mean using her telepathic abilities to change his perception of her, to take information from his mind, to make him forget things, and so on. Ama struggled with the way her relationship with and perception of Alex had changed prior to the start of the novel and how she got to know him in the course of her undercover work. It was messy and complicated and an interesting way to reintroduce characters who had known and (thought they) loved each other. I enjoyed the glimpses we got into Alex’s character and his grief, and the resolution of their joint plot was satisfying even though the very end of the book as a whole felt a bit rushed. Recommendation: Get it soon. Rogue Heart is a worthy sequel/companion to Rebel Seoul. Ama’s turn as the narrator allowed us to explore this world in a new way, and her espionage plot with Alex was compelling. Overall, an entertaining return to a fun science-fiction world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    ** I read an advance reader copy of this book. ** This was very enjoyable. Dystopian government, super-powered individuals, characters who are neither good nor evil, only human. These are some of my favorite elements to find in books and they are all present in this story. I haven't read the previous book (billed as a companion novel so I assume it's okay to read them out of order) but I definitely want to after finishing 'Rogue Heart'. I want to know more about the characters, more about the ** I read an advance reader copy of this book. ** This was very enjoyable. Dystopian government, super-powered individuals, characters who are neither good nor evil, only human. These are some of my favorite elements to find in books and they are all present in this story. I haven't read the previous book (billed as a companion novel so I assume it's okay to read them out of order) but I definitely want to after finishing 'Rogue Heart'. I want to know more about the characters, more about the world, and I hope 'Rebel Seoul' will give me some more information. My only real issue with 'Rogue Heart' is that the ending feels a bit too easy. Too clean. I found myself hoping for a sequel or maybe a book of short stories giving more detail into how the ending came to be. Overall, this was a fast-paced, enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    Having never read the first book, Rebel Seoul, I thought I was going to take a while to catch up with what happened in the first book, but Rogue Heart can be read as a standalone companion. Ama and Alex and Tera and Jaewon were all such great characters, and while I might have missed the Jaewon and Tera couple from the first book, I still can say that I really liked reading about Ama and Alex. Although I would have liked to have had more insight into their feelings (and the ending felt rushed, Having never read the first book, Rebel Seoul, I thought I was going to take a while to catch up with what happened in the first book, but Rogue Heart can be read as a standalone companion. Ama and Alex and Tera and Jaewon were all such great characters, and while I might have missed the Jaewon and Tera couple from the first book, I still can say that I really liked reading about Ama and Alex. Although I would have liked to have had more insight into their feelings (and the ending felt rushed, like they just ignored the fact of how Alex and Ama/Jangmi interacted while she was undercover) especially in the epilogue when they're together as a happy couple again but still it was a great read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I really love Ama's world, and this was a very satisfying conclusion to the story started in Rebel Seoul. It's got all sorts of things I would have loved as a teen, from mech fights to seekrit spies to glittering tech filled sci-fi cities. It was also just really nice to read a YA book I actually wanted to read instead of one I felt like I had to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Craig Fee

    IT WAS AWESOMMMME! It had it all. Romance. Giant Robots. SUPER POWERS. You get all the excitement from seeing the characters from the last book as well as amazing new ones! Gayoung and Giwoo are some new aces that get introduced and theyre super badass. The best part is seeing Ama grow as a person. It was an awesome read full of action and romance and conflicts both internal and external! You should definitely read it. Like now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    bjneary

    Loved this 2nd book----Ama, Alex, PHNX, Jaewon, Tera, Su, and many more great characters. Ama begins the story and likes where she is working with a family who really cares about her---since she was made to be a weapon and exploited, this family does not know anything about Ama and accepts her. I loved whenever Ama sung, her voice and songs captured people's hearts (esp Su who faithfully came (he was disguised) to listen to Ama for 2 years). I loved her past romance with Alex and how they "find" Loved this 2nd book----Ama, Alex, PHNX, Jaewon, Tera, Su, and many more great characters. Ama begins the story and likes where she is working with a family who really cares about her---since she was made to be a weapon and exploited, this family does not know anything about Ama and accepts her. I loved whenever Ama sung, her voice and songs captured people's hearts (esp Su who faithfully came (he was disguised) to listen to Ama for 2 years). I loved her past romance with Alex and how they "find" each other, it was thrilling and the spying and keeping up a glamour was awesome. The battle tactics, the other Ama and Tera, the super soldier push was mesmerizing; I can't wait to read more Axie Oh books!!! Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    I didn't read Rebel Seoul, but after finishing this book, I don't feel I lost much by not doing so. That's not a criticism, but a compliment to this one. It has great characters, plenty of action and intrigue, a well built world structure, particularly in terms of the geopolitics, and a dandy ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it. School and public libraries catering to teens who like an intelligent science fiction novel would do well to consider this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nafiza

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lulu (the library leopard)

    OH HELL YEAH

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ain

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iany Mcgrawn

  28. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kasey

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