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Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers.
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
I didn’t see it coming…
First book i've read (for fun) in a year
My mental health has been terrible so this is the first book that i've had the energy to read for a long time. And god Was It Good. I sped through this incredibly fast and am itching for a sequel.
I'd especially recommend it for lgbtq people and allies (props to the author for acknowledging intersex). The biggest, brightest factor is the scorching feminism and female rage that courses through each chapter.
Amazing read, would highly recommend.
ahhhh yes finally some poly representation and it's not a guy and two girls ahhhhh. thank you so much.
Wu Zetian, the ultimate girlboss is now one of my favourite characters. This book is feminist and queer in all the best possible ways, and I can’t wait for Heavenly Tyrant.