- Expected Feb 25, 2020
"Mixing everything that's best about dragons, dystopia, and generational conflict, Tang delivers a high flying debut that pulls no punches." --E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Things just got weird for Prudence Wu.
One minute, she's cashing in on a routine smuggling deal. The next, she's escaping enforcers on the wings of what very much appears to be a sentient cybernetic dragon.
Pru is used to life throwing her some unpleasant surprises--she goes to prep school, after all, and selling banned media across the border in a country with a ruthless corporate government obviously has its risks. But a cybernetic dragon? That's new.
She tries to forget about the fact that the only reason she's not in jail is because some sort of robot saved her, and that she's going to have to get a new side job now that enforcers are on to her. So she's not exactly thrilled when Rebelwing shows up again.
Even worse, it's become increasingly clear that the rogue machine has imprinted on her permanently, which means she'd better figure out this whole piloting-a-dragon thing--fast. Because Rebelwing just happens to be the ridiculously expensive weapon her government needs in a brewing war with its neighbor, and Pru's the only one who can fly it.
Set in a wonderfully inventive near-future Washington, D.C., this hilarious, defiant debut sparkles with wit and wisdom, deftly exploring media consumption, personal freedoms, and the weight of one life as Pru, rather reluctantly, takes to the skies.
In this exciting debut set in an alternate North America, a handful of independent cities, the Barricade Coalition, maintain the last bastion of democracy against former war mech manufacturer United Continental Confederacy Inc. Teen prep school student Prudence Wu is skilled at running contraband literature to the culture-starved citizens of UCC Inc. territory, despite rumors of the corporation's wyvern legions. When a drop goes sour, she's rescued by Rebelwing, a cybernetic dragon capable of choosing its own pilot. After Rebelwing imprints on her, she is drafted into the top-secret weapons program that developed it, joining her best friend, master strategist Anabel; acerbic engineer Cat; and Alex, a charming mech pilot, as the Coalition's first line of defense against the UCC's newest generation of weapons technology. Keen action sequences and an intriguing premise fuel this story, and interstitial sections featuring media reports and message boards delve into the background and current events. Though the ambitious worldbuilding sometimes slows pacing, Tang's prose is snappy, Pru's voice strikes a likeable balance between sarcastic and sincere, and the inclusive cast is fleshed out, making this an enjoyable tale of political conspiracy. Ages 12 up.