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Iron Widow

Author/Illustrator: Xiran Jay Zhao
Ages 13-17
Published February 28, 2023
$ 1199 USD



The instant #1 New York Times bestseller, now available in a stunning new paperback look with bonus content.

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 aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall of China. It doesn't matter that the girls 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 when she gets her vengeance, it becomes clear that she is an Iron Widow, a rare kind of female pilot who can sacrifice males to power up Chrysalises instead.

To tame her frightening yet valuable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest male pilot in Huaxia, yet feared and ostracized for killing his father and brothers. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will take over instead, then leverage their combined strength to force her society to stop failing its women and girls. Or die trying.

This deluxe new paperback edition features eight pages of Chrysalis concept art and a discussion guide.

• 2021 GoodReads Choice Award
• 2021 Nebula Award
• 2021 British Science Fiction Association Award short-listed
• 2022 Aurora Award - Best YA Novel short-listed
• 2022 Green Mountain Book Award
• 2021 British Science Fiction Association Award winner
• 2022 Barnes & Noble Children's & YA Book Awards - Young Adult winner
• 2022 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award short-listed
• 2022 Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy short-listed
• 2022 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award winner
• 2022 Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy winner
• 2023 White Pine Award
• 2024 Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
• 2023 Green Mountain Book Award winner
• Sunshine Coast Writers and Editors Society Book Award short-listed

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