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The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing tovoices. The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city's alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends... Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity's last line of defense. Tade Thompson's innovative, genre-bending, Afrofuturist series, the Wormwood Trilogy, is perfect for fans of Jeff Vandermeer, N. K. Jemisin, William Gibson, and Ann Leckie. The Wormwood TrilogyRosewaterThe Rosewater InsurrectionThe Rosewater Redemption


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The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing tovoices. The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn't everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn't willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city's alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends... Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity's last line of defense. Tade Thompson's innovative, genre-bending, Afrofuturist series, the Wormwood Trilogy, is perfect for fans of Jeff Vandermeer, N. K. Jemisin, William Gibson, and Ann Leckie. The Wormwood TrilogyRosewaterThe Rosewater InsurrectionThe Rosewater Redemption

30 review for The Rosewater Redemption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabi

    A worthy, fast paced ending to this outstanding SF series. Colour me a Tade Thompson fan girl. The final solution fell a bit flat for me, therefore 'only' 4 stars. Yet the buildup had all the wonderful blunt prose spiked with humor and self-deprecation that I adore. We learn more about Oyin Da as all the embosomed characters once more enter the stage trying to save (with varying success) humankind - while Layi only wants to join the first Rosewater Pride march, just in case he turns o A worthy, fast paced ending to this outstanding SF series. Colour me a Tade Thompson fan girl. The final solution fell a bit flat for me, therefore 'only' 4 stars. Yet the buildup had all the wonderful blunt prose spiked with humor and self-deprecation that I adore. We learn more about Oyin Da as all the embosomed characters once more enter the stage trying to save (with varying success) humankind - while Layi only wants to join the first Rosewater Pride march, just in case he turns out gay. I highly recommend the trilogy to anybody who likes alien aliens, inventive worldbuilding, genuine, layered characters and mindboggling SF ideas. For me one of the big highlights of the last years and a sure candidate for several enjoyable re-reads. Thank you, Mr. Thompson!

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Spectacular ending to the epic trilogy about a slow-burn alien invasion centred in a breakaway ex-Nigerian city-republic. The whole thing is brilliant, imagined on a gigantic scale, with a huge cast (extremely well managed, I had no trouble picking up the story threads from where we left off last time) and marvellous description. Gloriously imaginative, well written, manages a lot of sometimes pretty bleak plot themes and elements while hanging on to the humanity of all involved, so it's emotion Spectacular ending to the epic trilogy about a slow-burn alien invasion centred in a breakaway ex-Nigerian city-republic. The whole thing is brilliant, imagined on a gigantic scale, with a huge cast (extremely well managed, I had no trouble picking up the story threads from where we left off last time) and marvellous description. Gloriously imaginative, well written, manages a lot of sometimes pretty bleak plot themes and elements while hanging on to the humanity of all involved, so it's emotionally engaging throughout. Really terrific. I can't wait to see what this author does next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn C

    Thompson has really created a unique, genre blending trilogy, so full of twists and turns that it’s impossible to guess where it’s going. The language is fresh, the city vibrantly alive with real people fighting for their existence between the alien entity of Wormwood and politicians with an agenda of their own. I’ll admit I lost track of what was going on quite a few times, but I kept being mesmerized by this fast paced, almost thriller-like scifi slash adult urban fantasy slash horror slash Ni Thompson has really created a unique, genre blending trilogy, so full of twists and turns that it’s impossible to guess where it’s going. The language is fresh, the city vibrantly alive with real people fighting for their existence between the alien entity of Wormwood and politicians with an agenda of their own. I’ll admit I lost track of what was going on quite a few times, but I kept being mesmerized by this fast paced, almost thriller-like scifi slash adult urban fantasy slash horror slash Nigerian history lesson. I’m very much a fan of Tade Thompson’s writing style and will continue to follow his work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    All three of these Wormwood books are perfect for Weird fans. Not that you have to be weird as a fan to enjoy them, merely that you must enjoy Weird fiction, be tolerant of cthulhu-like alien entities who provide rather miraculous services in return for a foothold in humanity. Wait. Isn't this just an alien invasion story? Sure, like Fight Club is just a story about self-help groups. We get a solid return for main characters in the previous two, get thrown into time-travel, All three of these Wormwood books are perfect for Weird fans. Not that you have to be weird as a fan to enjoy them, merely that you must enjoy Weird fiction, be tolerant of cthulhu-like alien entities who provide rather miraculous services in return for a foothold in humanity. Wait. Isn't this just an alien invasion story? Sure, like Fight Club is just a story about self-help groups. We get a solid return for main characters in the previous two, get thrown into time-travel, end-of-the-world, last-stand alien repulsion, and, surprisingly, a rather large part of the novel deals with gay rights. The subtext is solid, but it never gets in the way of the over-arching tale. Which is big. It spans across a lot of countries and across a theoretically huge amount of time, and although there IS time travel in this, it doesn't take up a lot of page-time. I loved the big story. I enjoyed seeing old characters come back. I wasn't as impressed with the amount of character-building in this one as compared to the first or especially the second books, but it felt like a pretty good send-up to me. The most impressive part of these books is the all-out genre-bending courage it takes to make them. I'm a big fan of Tade when it comes to this. His two novellas gave me a huge wonderful taste and three out of five novels pretty much solidified it. Imagination is key. They're full of it. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Rating: ★★★★☆+ Synopsis The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn’t everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn’t willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city’s alien inhabit Rating: ★★★★☆+ Synopsis The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices. Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn’t everything its citizens were expecting. The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn’t willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city’s alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends… Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity’s last line of defense. Tade Thompson’s innovative, genre-bending, Afrofuturist series, the Wormwood Trilogy, is perfect for fans of Jeff Vandermeer, N. K. Jemisin, William Gibson, and Ann Leckie. Review Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of The Rosewater Redemption (The Wormwood Trilogy #3) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel. The Rosewater Redemption is a picturesque finale to the Wormwood Trilogy and cements Thompson as one of the major players in the science fiction genre for many years to come. His mix of highly imaginative world-building, exquisite prose, characterizations, and fresh take on the alien takeover trope leads to one of the best trilogies I have ever read. How does one accurately describe their experience with a book that has so much going on with it and going for it, knowing that this is the end of the line? We have seen the rise and fall of Rosewater, the takeover by Wormwood and its advancement across the country, the growth of many multi-layered characters and their every-changing environments. Now we get time-travel and the crossing of international boarders and my head is left spinning. To believe that Tade had shown us all of the cards he had to play in Books 1 and 2 is to believe that the Earth is indeed flat. Thinking back on my read-through of this novel, I can’t help but picture Rosewater and its vibrant culture in my mind. The city, its people, the language, the goings on within and without the city center. The xenosphere taking the story beyond reality and giving us yet another layer of sci-fi gloriousness. At the same time, how that same city has fallen under the control of the extra-terrestrial existence with no-one to turn and only a few who are willing to fight back. I am in just utter awe some Tade’s writing at this point in time. The Wormwood Trilogy continues to dazzle my thoughts while his Molly Southbourne novellas haunt my dreams. I cannot wait to see what else he has in store and I’ll be the first in line for it. If you enjoy weird science fiction with Lovecraftian nods, immersive world-building, and an array of layered yet enjoyable characters, The Wormwood Trilogy should fit nicely on your shelf.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Howley

    I rarely read the third part of a trilogy and want to immediately restart the series. This book is a perfect amalgam of what I loved about the first two parts. Tade Thompson does a good job of reminding you what happened before, though there were some times I couldn't quite place a character or two. Like the best sci-fi, this series asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of humanity and our place in the world. What makes it even better it's written by someone with a view I rarely read the third part of a trilogy and want to immediately restart the series. This book is a perfect amalgam of what I loved about the first two parts. Tade Thompson does a good job of reminding you what happened before, though there were some times I couldn't quite place a character or two. Like the best sci-fi, this series asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of humanity and our place in the world. What makes it even better it's written by someone with a view and a voice often excluded from the mainstream. Some threads felt a little messy to me, and a few things never felt completely resolved. But I'm so glad these books exist. I can't wait for more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A phenomenal ending to a truly great sf trilogy. Unlike the slow burn of the first two installments, REDEMPTION by comparison hits the ground running, covering an astonishing amount of fresh ground while expertly weaving together new and existing narrative and thematic strands with truly baffling ease. I devoured this deliciously weird, unsettling, and reliably slippery inversion of Lovecraftian sff with breathless abandon, my one regret being that like all great trilogies, the ROSEWATER cycle s A phenomenal ending to a truly great sf trilogy. Unlike the slow burn of the first two installments, REDEMPTION by comparison hits the ground running, covering an astonishing amount of fresh ground while expertly weaving together new and existing narrative and thematic strands with truly baffling ease. I devoured this deliciously weird, unsettling, and reliably slippery inversion of Lovecraftian sff with breathless abandon, my one regret being that like all great trilogies, the ROSEWATER cycle simply ends much too soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Runalong

    Now this was brilliant end to a fantastic science fiction series and each story gets a pay off so well - read this!!! Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/ha...

  9. 5 out of 5

    JonBob

    Originally reviewed at Parsecs & Parchment ***Spoilers ahead for the first two Wormwood books*** A spectacular conclusion to the genre-blending Wormwood trilogy from one of the most imaginative writers in SFF today. The story of Rosewater is one of insidious alien invasion, self-serving humanity, powerful interest groups, and running through it all the subtle optimism that imperfect, even cynical people can do good things while making mistakes along the way. There are multiple story threa Originally reviewed at Parsecs & Parchment ***Spoilers ahead for the first two Wormwood books*** A spectacular conclusion to the genre-blending Wormwood trilogy from one of the most imaginative writers in SFF today. The story of Rosewater is one of insidious alien invasion, self-serving humanity, powerful interest groups, and running through it all the subtle optimism that imperfect, even cynical people can do good things while making mistakes along the way. There are multiple story threads running through REDEMPTION. The violence and upheaval that accompanied Rosewater’s secession from Nigeria and the conflict with the cherubim has died down, but the aftereffects are causing a headache for Jack Jacques. A militant group of Homians have begun murdering humans to accelerate the takeover of their reanimated bodies. Aminat has been appointed Rosewater’s head of security and struggles with her own conscience about which side to take in the escalating conflict with the Homians. We get to follow Oyin Da as she manipulates the xenosphere to travel through time and uncover the mysteries of Wormwood’s past. Kaaro takes centre stage again. And amidst all this Femi still has her own agenda… There’s actually even more going on than I have space to mention. Society-altering court cases, gang warfare, mongoose fights! REDEMPTION is packed full of so much plot, setting and character I can’t even fathom how Tade kept it all straight in his head. And yes there’s a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed, just in awe of how alive everything about this book felt. Tade Thompson really has created something special. The people in this book are real. Rosewater is a vibrant, dynamic city. The society it has haphazardly thrown up is alive, evolving and no matter how weird things get (and things get weird) it all somehow remains all too plausible. In my review of the first Rosewater book, I wrote that it presented us with a pessimistic view of humanity and, while I still think that’s partly true, I’ve realised these books are far more than that. They present a complex view of humanity. Good people make mistakes. Bad, self-serving people have layers of compassion. And these contradictions are never static. Every character is changed by their experiences, resulting in a mess of conflicting emotions, relationships and motivations that make them all so human. This nuance is explored so fully across the span of these novels that I challenge anyone not to identify with at least some aspect of every character that Tade Thompson has so masterfully brought to life. It’s particularly clever how Tade structures the narrative throughout the series, variously pitching Wormwood and the Homians as potential allies or villains depending on whose perspective the story is being told from and the pragmatic necessities of the shifting power relations between the various people, factions and interest groups. I admit to reading the first half of the book and thinking it wasn’t quite reaching the heights of the previous books, mainly because, despite an explosive beginning, the plot didn’t seem to be driving forward as much as I had become accustomed to in this series. Taken as a whole however, I fully appreciate that section of the story, even if it did seem to meander more than was necessary at the time. Despite this, the second half of the book takes the series to new heights and I’m feeling so many emotions right now just re-living how this book soars to its phenomenal conclusion. Overall this was a rewarding, immensely satisfying and at times gut-wrenching ending to what has quickly become one of my favourite science fictions series of all time. I never expected Kaaro to be the kind of character with the emotional capacity to make me tear up, but here we are. If you haven’t already, please please please read these books!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Mini-Review: 4.5 Stars Round Up to 5 Stars for GR Rating 4 Stars for Narration by Bayo Gbadamosi (It would have been 5 but there are still errors that need to be taken out. (view spoiler)[I really liked it when he sang the robot hero song. Ha! (hide spoiler)] ) Everything that lead up to the ending was great! This one held all of the alien weirdness, interesting perspectives and reveals that made the whole trilogy come together. I wish e Mini-Review: 4.5 Stars Round Up to 5 Stars for GR Rating 4 Stars for Narration by Bayo Gbadamosi (It would have been 5 but there are still errors that need to be taken out. (view spoiler)[I really liked it when he sang the robot hero song. Ha! (hide spoiler)] ) Everything that lead up to the ending was great! This one held all of the alien weirdness, interesting perspectives and reveals that made the whole trilogy come together. I wish each of the books were like this one but realize that the atmosphere, pivotal event sequences, dialogues and more would not have been possible without the groundwork set down in the first two books. I actually want to go back and re-read the first two books now because I really liked how details came together. It's not a matter of being surprised by events as much as enjoying the journey. A good adventure with potential for more. Bayo's only flaw is that he doesn't have a wide range of female voices. Other than that, he really seemed to hit his stride with the story and the characters came alive in a way that made me feel like I'm in the story vs casually watching from the side. The audiobook was a lot of fun to listen to and I'll probably re-listen to the trilogy next year. I must have gotten used to Thompson's writing style because I did not get confused by the POV/scene/time changes in the last two books of the trilogy. Recently, I've re-listened to a few series because I wanted to re-enter the world and realized they were just as fun or more so on the second round due to knowing the world & characters involved. I feel that I will probably enjoy a return to the trilogy more than my first encounter because I already have the setting in place.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles Payet

    Absolutely RIVETING! To give context to how much I enjoyed this, I can only compare it to how much I love Tolkien's LOTR, which I've read over 30 times in the last 35 years. It will certainly take several more read-throughs to fully absorb and appreciate what Tade Thompson has created in his Wormwood Trilogy. I just finished the concluding book of the trilogy this morning, so I don't want to say too much, as I might give something away. There's no way I'd want to take anything away from the p Absolutely RIVETING! To give context to how much I enjoyed this, I can only compare it to how much I love Tolkien's LOTR, which I've read over 30 times in the last 35 years. It will certainly take several more read-throughs to fully absorb and appreciate what Tade Thompson has created in his Wormwood Trilogy. I just finished the concluding book of the trilogy this morning, so I don't want to say too much, as I might give something away. There's no way I'd want to take anything away from the pure satisfaction of the ending. One of the reasons I compare it to LOTR though, is that, to my mind, Thompson does a similarly amazing job of making his world come to life in your head in remarkable detail, but without actually writing endless paragraphs of description. So many other recent, and very popular, series go on for book after book after book, because it takes the author that many words to create the world. Not Thompson. His writing is clear, his imagery highly evocative, such that the characters and places come vividly to life. That is truly the sign of a great writer. At least in my opinion. :-) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. And if at all possible.....buy all 3 books together, block off the whole weekend, make sure you won't be disturbed, and don't stop until you're done. You won't be able to anyway.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Grieve

    A fitting conclusion to an epic yet also introspective series, this satisfyingly ties up all lose ends and tells an entertaining story to boot. There is a melancholy tone to this tale, yet there are fun moments as well and it doesn't fall to being maudlin or present cheap sentimentality; It is still powerful and interesting. I think the best part of the book is the character arch of the first books point of view protagonist (he is less prominent a character and not point of view in this boo A fitting conclusion to an epic yet also introspective series, this satisfyingly ties up all lose ends and tells an entertaining story to boot. There is a melancholy tone to this tale, yet there are fun moments as well and it doesn't fall to being maudlin or present cheap sentimentality; It is still powerful and interesting. I think the best part of the book is the character arch of the first books point of view protagonist (he is less prominent a character and not point of view in this book ), surprising yet also satisfying, while keeping authentically constant with the character and his less admirable traits. In fact this is the book filled with complex and well written characters, as the series has been also, character development and creation being one of it's biggest asset. The science is sound and does not go too complex or dense to detract from the speed and digestion of the plot. The prose, more specifically the parts in third person, I found more conversational then the style in the previous books, more playful and humorous. I would say this book is less thrilling then the second and may get a bit to held down by politics, but it has a fast pace and is at an agreeable length. And while mentioning the length, I will end the review with that length now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    I need a new word that goes beyond 'outstanding', 'excellent', 'stellar' and other such adjectives. The final part of the Rosewater trilogy is glorious. Most of the surviving characters from the earlier books come into a sharper, brighter focus - often in ways that surprise, developing a whole new dimension to their story that is enthralling and bewildering in equal measure. The quality of the writing and the use of words makes my heart sing. Tade Thompson is blunt and poetic in equal I need a new word that goes beyond 'outstanding', 'excellent', 'stellar' and other such adjectives. The final part of the Rosewater trilogy is glorious. Most of the surviving characters from the earlier books come into a sharper, brighter focus - often in ways that surprise, developing a whole new dimension to their story that is enthralling and bewildering in equal measure. The quality of the writing and the use of words makes my heart sing. Tade Thompson is blunt and poetic in equal measure, the words wrap themselves around you, carrying you to new levels of of thinking. You speculate and consider, rolling the ideas around in your mind until they poke holes in your previously held concepts and beliefs opening up new pathways of thought that push your perceptions to new places. I really don't want to say too much about the story for fear of spoilers but it is an immensely satisfying ending though it comes packaged with mixed emotions. It left me feeling bereft and complete in equal measure. I could go on at length but it would all boil down to one one thing - go, get you to the book shop, buy these books - all three, read them. You will think a little differently.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    I'm giving this book 5 stars, mostly because the 3 Rosewood novels together are some of the best sci-fi that I have ever read. It's all so compelling: a world seeded with alien cells, a reality shaped by shared experiences, and a real-life Nigeria brimming to the seams with vibrancy. The characters are believably flawed and their actions are full of mistakes and their consequences. The conclusion of Kaaro's story is one of the best ever. Not to spoil anything but the Gryphon gets to be the bad a I'm giving this book 5 stars, mostly because the 3 Rosewood novels together are some of the best sci-fi that I have ever read. It's all so compelling: a world seeded with alien cells, a reality shaped by shared experiences, and a real-life Nigeria brimming to the seams with vibrancy. The characters are believably flawed and their actions are full of mistakes and their consequences. The conclusion of Kaaro's story is one of the best ever. Not to spoil anything but the Gryphon gets to be the bad ass that it's always wanted to be. Such a satisfying end. It's sci-fi with heart and a conscience. It's adventure with a character-driven approach with an author's voice that is clear and confident. BRAVO!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    So I needed to know how it ended so it jumped the queue. Essentially, it was a good ending to the series, as it dealt with the main issues plaguing the city of Rosewater and while some of the characters didn't have the best endings, everyone of significance was dealt with in some way or shape. However, the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly I found, considering how difficult it was to deal with Rosewater in the first two books. Either way, I still enjoyed it. It is still totally unique, So I needed to know how it ended so it jumped the queue. Essentially, it was a good ending to the series, as it dealt with the main issues plaguing the city of Rosewater and while some of the characters didn't have the best endings, everyone of significance was dealt with in some way or shape. However, the ending was wrapped up a little too quickly I found, considering how difficult it was to deal with Rosewater in the first two books. Either way, I still enjoyed it. It is still totally unique, dealt with a different type of situation than most science fiction I have read, entirely different settings, and lots of female characters, many of which were of primary focus - especially in the small area of really good science fiction novels.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    The concluding book in the Rosewater trilogy. There really isn’t a way to describe it more fully than that without spoilers for the first two books. I still enjoy the rather different perspective on alien life that these books offer, but I think they get a bit too complex and unnecessarily convoluted as they go along. Sometimes it was quite difficult in this one to work out who is talking and which bit of which plot they are in at the moment. Are they alive, or dead or something else, where The concluding book in the Rosewater trilogy. There really isn’t a way to describe it more fully than that without spoilers for the first two books. I still enjoy the rather different perspective on alien life that these books offer, but I think they get a bit too complex and unnecessarily convoluted as they go along. Sometimes it was quite difficult in this one to work out who is talking and which bit of which plot they are in at the moment. Are they alive, or dead or something else, where are they in time and space, and whose side are they on anyway? Having said that I still think these books are well worth reading and thoroughly enjoyable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Salt

    Sad to see this end. A very engaging trilogy that manages to ask critical questions about reality, rebellion, revolution and rights. Anyone interested in sovereignty and considerations of post humanity should definitely read this. Anyone with a passing interest in colonialism and questions of autonomy should also reflect on the warnings -- and the dilemmas here. As a work of fiction, this is magnificent in its creativity. Thompson creates a unique world that can be limited by the huma Sad to see this end. A very engaging trilogy that manages to ask critical questions about reality, rebellion, revolution and rights. Anyone interested in sovereignty and considerations of post humanity should definitely read this. Anyone with a passing interest in colonialism and questions of autonomy should also reflect on the warnings -- and the dilemmas here. As a work of fiction, this is magnificent in its creativity. Thompson creates a unique world that can be limited by the human demands placed on it. I look forward to seeing the next world(s) emerge from him.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Memphis

    The ending felt a little rushed. All in all, the story was a fresh and different take on an alien invasion story--told with the lens of Africa's experience of colonization. "But we kept the trains" as an idea, could Africa benefit from the alien colonizers? I resented the CIA guy a bit. Wish that Americans hadn't been involved at all in the solution to the problem. The robot's attempt to build affordable housing was a brief aside, but part of a handful of things that gave this series its own poi The ending felt a little rushed. All in all, the story was a fresh and different take on an alien invasion story--told with the lens of Africa's experience of colonization. "But we kept the trains" as an idea, could Africa benefit from the alien colonizers? I resented the CIA guy a bit. Wish that Americans hadn't been involved at all in the solution to the problem. The robot's attempt to build affordable housing was a brief aside, but part of a handful of things that gave this series its own point of view.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sparks

    Having listened to the 2 previous books in this series and being very pleasantly surprised by each book being better than the last I almost expected this book, the conclusion to the trilogy to be good but not better, I was wrong, this book is better and concludes the series in a way that to me could leave it open to more tales (I hope so) the narration was outstanding, the story even more so. Read, listen, enjoy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rich

    The Rosewater Redemption (The Wormwood Trilogy, #3) by Tade Thompson A very worthy end to this series! How do you end a war with aliens that are actually millions of miles away? And what to do about all those spare bodies? Or are they really dead? Some truly brilliant writing in this last installment. The characters are compelling, and the plot is very involving. You rally don't want to put this book down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Full review available on my blog. This is a hell of a way to end an already intense but fun experience. The story up to this point was already a crazy ride; this third entry becomes something else entirely. There are spots where things got confusing, especially as it could be hard to keep track of who is supposed to be aligned with who, and why they aren't aligned with someone else, or why they betrayed this other person who they were aligned with...it can be a lot to follow. But ultimately, Full review available on my blog. This is a hell of a way to end an already intense but fun experience. The story up to this point was already a crazy ride; this third entry becomes something else entirely. There are spots where things got confusing, especially as it could be hard to keep track of who is supposed to be aligned with who, and why they aren't aligned with someone else, or why they betrayed this other person who they were aligned with...it can be a lot to follow. But ultimately, Thompson brings it all together to the explosive conclusion. Oyin Da may protest having to be the one to tell the story, but she is the one that saw it all. Plus, having her tell the story gives a better picture of who she is. Questions from the previous books are answered, relationships are tested, and motives become clear, all to the backdrop of the fun but ugly mess that is the city of Rosewater.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    A satisfying - if perhaps overly complete - wrap up to this trilogy. I like a bit of ambiguity in an ending and enough threads are tied up here that I might normally be put off, but it occurred to me that there was so much Strange, and Other, and extreme moments throughout the books that a neat wrap up was the most welcome resolution. I really liked this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Simons

    It’s got the pacing of a thriller, interesting science, great characters, a good ending, great characters, and time travel that isn’t time travel but kind of is. If you’re wondering if the ending is worth your time: it is. As are all of the books in the trilogy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Epic conclusion that works towards an inevitable conclusion with very few surprises, despite some confusing descriptions of events at times

  25. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Not published and distributed yet.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A solid series-ender

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Brown

    Brilliant!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Satisfying end to the trilogy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    A brilliant conclusion to a imaginative and groundbreaking afrofutirist trilogy. I wish I could read the series entirely afresh. Highly, highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kat Hooper

    Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com.

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