Nigerian-American author, Tochi Onyebuchi, has written an action-packed, novel inspired by Black Panther, he calls the novel War Girls. the synopsis reads
“Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria. “
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life. Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together. And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.”
just like every sci-fi book and movie about people living in space, survival and climate change has been the topic being echoed in these artistic works. the book establishes the fact that the world was made inhabitable due to climate change and nuclear disaster. not only does he talk about climate change and nuclear disaster, he also brings to the table Nigeria’s present predicament with the representation of war. even though the war in the book is spoken of as a predicament affecting every corner of the earth the writer centers his story on Nigeria or rather should i say the Nigerian sisters who are fighting for peace.
the year he sets his story is 2172, and he does well to highlight that, just like the rest of the world, Nigeria has grown in terms of technology. his story even though action packed focuses on the mutual love onyii and ify have for each other and their quest to save what is left of the world destroyed by capitalist and industrialist who had long migrated to space living the less fortunate in a world filled with chaos they had created.
the story echos a plea to the inhabitants of this world to stop destroying the world with wars and self destructive behaviors, the book is a plea to the world that they should do more to save nature, for instance plant more tree, stop throwing factory waste into the rivers and oceans, the story is just telling humanity to have sense!!!!!!!!!