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Zhao, Xiran Jay - Iron Widow

Zhao, Xiran Jay - Iron Widow

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In Xiran Jay Zhao's captivating debut novel, "Iron Widow," readers are transported to a futuristic world where China has colonized the moon and established a society built on martial prowess. Amidst this backdrop of technological advancement and cultural clashes, a young woman named Wu Zetian rises to prominence, defying societal expectations and challenging the established order.

A Tale of Rebellion and Self-Discovery

Wu Zetian, a fiery and determined young woman, is thrust into the role of a pilot in the Huaxia Lunar Defense Corps, a position traditionally reserved for men. Driven by a burning desire to avenge her sister's death and fight for a better future for women in Huaxia, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and rebellion.

A Gripping Blend of Science Fiction and Coming-of-Age

"Iron Widow" seamlessly blends science fiction elements with coming-of-age themes, creating a captivating and thought-provoking narrative. The novel explores the challenges and joys of navigating identity, relationships, and societal expectations in a world where gender roles are rigidly defined.

A Celebration of Female Empowerment and Social Justice

At its core, "Iron Widow" is a celebration of female empowerment and social justice. Wu Zetian's journey inspires readers to question societal norms, challenge authority, and fight for their right to self-determination.

A Must-Read for Fans of Dystopian Fiction and Strong Female Protagonists

With its compelling characters, engrossing plot, and exploration of universal themes, "Iron Widow" is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and strong female protagonists. Xiran Jay Zhao's debut novel is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, the importance of challenging the status quo, and the transformative power of love and friendship.

Awards and Recognition:

"Iron Widow" has received numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction

  • Kirkus Reviews Best of Young Adult Fiction

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Book Title: Iron Widow

Author: Xiran Jay Zhao

Publisher: Penguin Teen Canada

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction

Number of Pages: 400

Dimensions: 5.88 x 1.24 x 8.63 inches

Weight: 0.36 kg

Relevant Tags: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

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