• The Rosewater Insurrection

  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (413 ratings)

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The Rosewater Insurrection

By: Tade Thompson
Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
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Publisher's summary

The Rosewater Insurrection continues the award-winning, cutting-edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices.

All is quiet in the city of Rosewater as it expands on the back of the gargantuan alien Wormwood. Those who know the truth of the invasion keep the secret.

The government Agent Aminat, the lover of the retired sensitive Kaaro, is at the forefront of the cold, silent conflict. She must capture a woman who is the key to the survival of the human race. But Aminat is stymied by the machinations of the mayor of Rosewater and the emergence of an old enemy of Wormwood....

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 Trilogy:

  • Rosewater
  • The Rosewater Insurrection
©2019 Tade Thompson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Mind-bending.... Alternately epic and almost claustrophobically intimate.... The exciting second half and intriguing ending set the stage for what promises to be a fascinating conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

"Terrific... raises the bar, introducing a number of fascinating new elements into an already intriguing storyline. If you haven't go started on it already this is a series you'll want to get on board with now." (Toronto Star)

"I found myself close to tears, the human cost of insurrection laid bare. Thompson's willingness to push himself as a writer, to not just rely on his strengths - the zippy dialogue, the sharp storytelling - is the reason I will continue to follow his career, why I will read whatever he writes." (Locus)

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Great story but Not edited well

You can hear background noises, retakes, and sentence repeated 2-3 times. Pretty sloppy editing that jolts you out of story.

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Even better than the excellent book 1

If you liked book 1, this is even better as the plot of Rosewater and the alien “invasion” grows in depth and breadth.

Love the style of writing and narration and their synergy.

Can’t wait for book 3!

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Delightful Science Fiction

Over all I enjoy the story and take on an alien invasion and how that might play out.

The amount of characters was a little hard to follow. I suspect the printed version has formatting that would make the time jumps or narrative bits easier to understand. That said I really like all the characters and the world development that was the focus of Insurrection.

Bayo Gbadamosi has a fantastic voice and makes listening to the story very easy. However the editing could have been a lot better. Sometimes there is background noises or the natural retakes of a performer that weren't edited out.

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Messy

I couldn't make it all the way through this book. The narration is good, there are some cool concepts, but the story was confusing and never hooked me enough to make me want to finish it.

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Rosewater continues to deliver...

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story about rose water. characters and superb storytelling. Good job!

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Goings on in Rosewater

Tade Thompson's The Rosewater Insurrection is the second installment in his Rosewater trilogy. The mystery of the alien comes into focus. The sensitives from the first volume have either died out or been largely eliminated. Efforts are underway to study the increasing presence of alien elements in random individuals. One particular woman with an unusually high percentage forgets who she is. At the same time, the mayor of Rosewater seeks to secede from Nigeria and precipitates a political and military response. The alien plan is seen as an invasion with the eventual takeover of Earth.

Thompson weaves an engaging story that blends lots of action with both a political and military flavor, while at the same time injecting a unique form of alien invasion. A creative solution that is more an accommodation is offered at the end.

The narration is acceptable, although the character distinction is uneven. Pacing is extremely slow.

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Book 2

I'm a sci fi fan since Asimov and his robots. This is a fine contribution by Thompson /Gbadomosi.
Book 2 finishes with a chuckle. Looking forward to the finale.
This Nigerian author provides a new insight into another culture.
If your looking for something "out there" listen to or read Electric Church...and it's follow up books.

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It's Got Everything

Great originality
Alien science fiction
Empowered & dangerous women
A related fantasy fiction
A good romance side story
Irreverence & a bit tawdry
Give me moar

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Creative, scary, thought provocing

Great alien invasion story . Love the concept and scares me at the same time.

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got bored with this sequel

i gave 5 stars for the original... unfortunately I got bored and didnt finish this one

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