In this thrilling sci-fi retelling of the story of China’s only female emperor, Xiran Jay Zhao’s brilliant world-building weaves a world like no other. In the dark world of Huaxia, girls are extendable fuel for pilots of Chrysalises, the only force against the invasion of Hunduns, mecha aliens beyond the great wall. As the protagonist, headstrong and brave Wu Zetian sets her course for revenge against the female sacrificial system that took her sister, she discovers secrets, her power, and even love. Wu Zetian’s path for vengeance is engaging throughout, and the Iron Widow’s ending is sure to shock all.
Review by Sophia, Teen Reader