Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao


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.

My Review:

What does giant robots and big mobsters have in common?

In a world where men suit up in big robots to fight monsters. Where woman are use to be either killed or helped the men out. Depends on how strong they are. Zetian volunteers to be co pilot, to have revenge for her sister’s death. She don’t really care if she dies afterwards. Soon she will discover there more to these robots and monsters story. Will Zetian live long enough for the truth to come out.

Iron Widow was such action packed. I love different the storyline is.. It was very exciting and tense at times. The main character, Zetian only care about her revenge then living. Soon she drag into the dark secrets of the robots and monster world. There hardly not much of romance in the book which I don’t mind. Zetian just ready to be killed after she gets revenge.

Also I love the cover and the outfits in the book so much. I’m so looking for book two to come out. Perfect fans who loved the anime Gundam Wing and Handmaid tale. It’s a men world and Zetain just trying to survive it.

Happy Reading!!!

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