‘The Rosewater Insurrection’ Review: Aliens vs Humans Amidst Top-Notch Worldbuilding

The Rosewater Insurrection takes us further into the mysteries of Thompson’s infinitely inventive world, supported by a bevy of narratives all providing unique perspectives on the unfolding events. Tensions are high amidst this strange city built on the outskirts of the epic alien dome, and the world begins to unravel as the alien’s plans become clear. This second book in the series feels unique from the first, shifting to a focus on the alien’s intentions with Earth and the events required to further their plan. The groups of characters include some we know and some we’ve only seen at the periphery of Kaaro narrative. This expansion deepens the story, giving us fascinating insights into a future where alien lifeforms threaten to change humanity to its very core. 

I was most impressed by the range of characters the narrative inhabits. We follow Aminat, Kaaro’s mysterious girlfriend from the first novel, and the groundbreaking work she’s a part of. Section 45 is as present as ever, continuing their work to uncover the alien intentions with Earth and to combat the ill effects of these microbes that have infected every part of the planet. We follow Anthony, the alien being within Wormwood, as it continuously creates human facsimiles and attempts to complete the first phase of a sinister plan. It’s a fascinating creature that’s more robot than human. We also get a look inside the mayor’s point of view as he attempts to secure his hold on the city from the federal government. 

Overall, The Rosewater Insurrection is an exciting addition to The Wormwood Trilogy, filled with excellent writing and character narratives. The world building is top notch, as always, promising an explosive ending to come for this innovative trilogy.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

The Rosewater Insurrection

By Tade Thompson
Orbit Books

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  1. I am delighted to read the reviews of another Tade Thompson fan. His brilliantly original re-envisioning of tired SF tropes reminds me of how William Gibson transformed the science fiction of his time. I can’t wait for _Rosewater Redemption _!!

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