A story of rage and love with an engaging thoughtful plot.
The lads of Huaxia aspire to team up with ladies to operate Chrysalises, enormous changing robots capable of combating the mecha aliens lurking beyond the Great Wall. It makes no difference if the females frequently die as a result of the emotional strain.
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Zetian, an 18-year-old concubine-pilot, puts herself up to murder the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she exacts her vengeance in an unexpected way: she murders him via the psychic link between pilots and escapes the cockpit uninjured. She is known as an Iron Widow, a feared and hushed female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
“Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this empowering combination of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers in this instant number one New York Times bestseller book.”
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She is partnered up with Li Shimin, Huaxia’s strongest and most contentious male pilot, to control her unsettling but crucial mental strength. But now that Zetian has tasted power, she will not back down. She will use every opportunity to use their combined force and notoriety to escape assassination attempt after assassination attempt, until she can discover out why the pilot system operates in such a sexist manner – and prevent other females from being sacrificed.
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