Review by Booklist Review
When faced with multiple threats to Wormwood, an alien that ultimately intends to replace humanity but also brings healing, electricity, protection, and significance to the Nigerian city of Rosewater, what course of action should the city's beleaguered leadership pursue? Alyssa wakes up one morning unable to remember anything about her life. She is at the front lines of a subtle alien invasion: the majority of her DNA has been replaced with alien matter, and she is being sought by Wormwood, the Nigerian government's Section 45, Rosewater's mayor Jack Jacques, and the mysterious plant that seems to be sprouting everywhere in the city. S45 operative Aminat is charged with finding and retrieving Alyssa in an increasingly chaotic environment. Under attack by the Nigerian government as well as the alien foliage, Wormwood's dome is failing, putting Rosewater's human and alien life at risk. The many narrative threads in this fast-paced future-noir novel will best be understood by readers of Rosewater (2018), but Thompson ably sheds light on the alien agenda while keeping individual personal struggles front and center.--Anna Mickelsen Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
In the second installment of this mind-bending futuristic trilogy (following 2017's Rosewater), the subtle alien invasion of Earth continues as the entity known as Wormwood expands its influence over the Nigerian city of Rosewater. The city's mayor, Jack Jacques, wrestles with affairs of state as his declaration of independence meets with external resistance. Housewife Alyssa Sutcliffe awakens to memory gaps and doubts about her own identity. Government assassins and psychics engage in a secret conflict while representatives of the xenoform Homians proceed with their long-term plan to replace humanity through microorganic assimilation. Ultimately, open warfare breaks out, forcing those involved to seek a radical solution that will affect everyone living in Rosewater-humans and aliens alike. As with the first entry in this series, Thompson lays out the narrative in a non-linear fashion through multiple perspectives, resulting in a story that feels alternately epic and almost claustrophobically intimate. The slow pacing and numerous moving parts make this ambitious tale somewhat dense and difficult at first, but the exciting second half and intriguing ending set the stage for what promises to be a fascinating conclusion. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
In the second part of The Wormwood Trilogy (following Rosewater, 2018), a Nigerian city in an alternate near future experiences civil war among humans and alien creatures.The Homians, aliens from a distant planet who have despoiled their own world, have uploaded digital copies of themselves onto vast servers and are planning a mass downloadinto us. They have seeded the Earth with xenoforms, alien microorganisms that have penetrated the environment and its flora and fauna. Over the years, the Nigerian city of Rosewater has grown up around Wormwood, a huge alien organism whose emanations have immense healing powers. Femi Alaagomeji of Nigerian intelligence agency S45 is concerned about the degree to which xenoforms have integrated with most people. And she's right to be concerned; that integration opens the way for Homian download. But something goes awry with the first attempt to take over a human body; the being in the body of Alyssa Sutcliffe knows that she isn't Alyssa, but she's not quite sure whoor whatshe is instead. S45 agent Aminat Arigbede attempts to bring "Alyssa" in for testing, even as Rosewood erupts on multiple fronts: Wormwood is under attack by another alien organism, a plantlike creature intended to act as a regulatory mechanism but instead gone wild; and Rosewood's mayor, Jack Jacques, tries to consolidate power by announcing the city's secession from Nigeria, which incites armed conflict in the streets. The key to settling both matters may lie with Kaaro, one of the only surviving psychic sensitives, who is both Aminat's boyfriend and a friend to Anthony, Wormwood's human avatar. However, Kaaro has no intention of allowing himself to become a pawn in Rosewater's power games, in which loyalties shift so rapidly that even the reader races to figure out what side everyone's on, if sides can even be defined.A complexly layered and action-packed middle volume that sets the stage for the conclusion. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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