Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Iron Widow is a 2021 Canadian science-fantasy novel by Xiran Jay Zhao. Also, this is Xiran Jay Zhao’s debut novel. Iron Widow is a re-imagining of the history of Wu Zetian, Empress of China during the late 600s. Iron Widow reached #1 in the Young Adult Hardcover category of New York Times Best Sellers in the first week after its release. The book received generally positive reviews.
Xiran Jay Zhao
Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Date of Publication
September 21st, 2021
No. of Page
This Book is featuring aliens, giant robots, and a quest to battle evil. In the world of Huaxia, boys pair up with girls to operate transforming robots named Chrysalises, but the girls often die from the mental strain of it all. When a teen girl named Zetian takes on the mantle of an Iron Widow and is paired up with a male pilot named Li Shimin, the story becomes one of power, vengeance, and gender equality.
Iron Widow Age Rating and Parents Guide
Iron Widow Xiran by Jay Zhao rated 14+ as the content of the book contains gore, murder, torture, mentions of rape, threats of rape, misogyny, femicide, suicide ideation, abuse, alcohol addiction.
Iron Widow Summary
“Men wants us so badly for our bodies, yet hate us so much for our minds.”
― Xiran Jay Zhao, Iron Widow
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 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. [Source: Publishers]
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