Review: Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Released: January 25, 2022
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Racism, slurs, rape (mentioned), violence, suicide (mentioned), substance abuse/addiction, lynching (mentioned), police brutality

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Tochi Onyebuchi is back with another blindingly brilliant and powerful novel, Goliath. Honestly, it will be a struggle reviewing this book because my words do not contain the same level of force found within this book.

By the late 2050s, the people of Earth have begun to look to the stars. In reality, that means that people with means of leaving are doing so. They’re finding new homes in space colonies, leaving behind all they knew without a second thought.

Meanwhile, Earth continues to crumble. The cities left behind aren’t staying for long as those in the colonies take every scrap of resource or memorabilia available. Once again, leaving those stuck behind with less than ever.

I just…wow. I’m sincerely struggling to find the right words to describe Goliath and how it made me feel. On the bright side, that’s how you know you’ve found a good book – when it leaves you speechless.

Goliath is a complex novel that weaves science fiction elements with real-world problems, such as politics, racism, and the state of the world. It’s not what I would call a light read, but that’s not a bad thing.

I should probably mention that much of the story within Goliath isn’t told linearly. So it can get a bit confusing at times. Honestly, it probably wouldn’t hurt for me to read it a second (or even third) time. However, I think it is worth that time and experience.

Unlike most books I read, I found myself treasuring Goliath. I didn’t read it all in one stint – but instead read a little bit here and there. It allowed me to better absorb all of the messages and material within the pages – and trust me, there’s a lot.

Goliath is a poignant read, one that cuts to the quick and doesn’t pull punches. It is brutally honest about the reality of space colonization – and who we would leave behind in the process. It is painful to read and forces the readers to really think about all of the implications within this concept. As such, I think Goliath is an essential science fiction read.

Thanks to and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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