Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao

This. Book.

Okay I don’t even know if 5 stars is actually my rating for this it might be 4 or 4.5 but I have slept on it and I just feel like a 5 so we are doing it.

I have to say this book is not what I expected it to be, in the best possible way. This book is more like a The Hunger Games meets idk Pacific Rim (though I haven’t watched it) and a touch of Star Wars I think. I didn’t think this would be such a sci-fi and tech book but it is and it is good. I did think (because I don’t really read synopsys) this would be more historical fantasy or something but it is full blown sci-fi and I was amazed by it.

For me it was confusing at first to get into the worldbuilding, I don’t think the author gives us all the explanations but then after some point it just kind of clicks and you go with the flow and it all makes sense. It was not my favorite type of writing either, but it just worked for the story really well.

Zetian is a great protagonist, one hell of a woman, I adore her. Her fierceness, the fact she doesn’t hold back against the injustices commited to her. She is a real badass.

Also I didn’t know this would be a series but it obviously is and damn the cliffhanger is REAL what is happening I need more now.

I can’t not comment about the love triangle. Damn, the triangle is indeed the strongest shape. This book features the standard thrope of a girl who can’t choose between two boys but guess what she chooses both. And the boys choose each other. Making it a three way poliamorous relationship. Hell yeah I did sign up for this.

If you want a fast paced story, and amazing and fierce MC and characters made of layers that unravel across the narrative, plus fighting robots and intrigue and plot twistd then I recommend this book for you.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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