Why this book?
I was shocked when I read Iron Widow - seriously, what a sci-fi powerhouse! It’s a retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history. But since it’s sci-fi, it has a ruthless patriarchal military system and giant mecha robots. Boy pilots are celebrated like heroes, but girl pilots are treated like concubines, like Zetian’s sister, who was killed. I loved the raw power of Zetian as she swears to get even with men responsible for her sister’s death.
Why should I read it?
10 authors picked Iron Widow as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!
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…