From the author of Bonds of Brass, don’t miss Hullmetal Girls, which NPR calls “a little Ender’s Game, a little Hunger Games, [and] a little Battlestar Gallactica.”
Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.
Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.
In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintian unity.
With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.
Emily Skrutskie was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She attended Cornell University and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Skrutskie is the author of Oaths of Legacy, Bonds of Brass, Hullmetal Girls, The Abyss Surrounds Us, and The Edge of the Abyss.
“A captivating sci-fi adventure that will make you fall madly for Skrutskie’s fabulous writing, if you haven’t already. [Perfect] for fans of: Cindy Pon (Want) and Pierce Brown (Red Rising).“-– Paste
“A book you will devour in one sitting, Hullmetal Girls is not to be missed!”—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of A World Without You and Across the Universe
“Hullmetal Girls has everything I love in a space opera: deep faith, high stakes, endless questions about humanity, and a cast that shows the best (and less-best) of what we might become.” –E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Inevitable Victorian Thing
★ “Unexpected and clever…A great science fiction story.“–VOYA, Starred Review
“An engaging narrative with a complex cast that intersects race, sexual identity, religion, and class.”–Kirkus Review
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