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  • Iron Widow

  • De : Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Lu par : Rong Fu
  • Durée : 12 h et 14 min
  • 4,2 out of 5 stars (14 notations)

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Iron Widow

De : Xiran Jay Zhao
Lu par : Rong Fu
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    Description

    2021 GoodReads Choice Award

    2021 Nebula Award

    An instant number one New York Times best seller!

    Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA listeners.

    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 the 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.

    ©2021 Xiran Jay Zhao (P)2021 Penguin Teen

    Commentaires

    Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

    An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Young Adult

    An Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

    A Polygon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2021

    An Indigo #1 Teen Book of the Year

    An Indigo Best Teen Book (2021)

    An Indigo Best Teen Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book (2021)

    A Barnes & Noble's Best YA Fantasy & Adventure of 2021

    A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens (2021)

    A Canadian Children's Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year (2021)

    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2021

    A Cultured Vultures’ “21 Best Books Of 2021”

    A 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee, Best Young Adult & Science Fiction

    Nominated for the Science Fiction Writers of America's Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

    “The action-packed plot, involving battles both physical and mental, is original and incorporates queer themes and Zetian’s unwavering, cathartic feminism.” (Kirkus Reviews

    "[This] duology opener will appeal to those seeking high-energy, feminist, queer narratives."Publishers Weekly

    "[An] incredible novel, fun and exciting, sometimes horrible to read, but in all the ways that make you fall in love with a character."Tor Online 

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    Bi/poly unhinged woman piloting a mecha

    I'm usually difficult with sci-fi but THIS, this was quite the ride & I want MOAR. It could be summurised as: a bi/poly unhinged woman pilots a mecha to get her revenge on the patriarchy.
    It has bisexuality, polyamory, feminism, mechas, "magic", treasons, love.
    Lots of chinese words but it helped get into the book and its lore. The choice of voice actress was good.
    The book was so captivating I had trouble pausing to rest x) And that ending... good thing there's a second book on the way :D

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    A debut novel with some punch

    Well rounded characters that will surely catch your heart, a compelling world building unapologaticly rooted in mecha culture, but the writting is still green and it shows!

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    • Cody McGrath
    • 28/09/2021

    A fun yet uneven read.

    There are a lot of great concepts at work in this book. It has a very interesting setting and some great character moments. If you want some fun anime style mecha fights with Chinese culture thrown in, look no further, this book has what you need!

    There are plenty of flaws here too. The dialogue often feels very awkward and the main character will come to many of her poignant feminist epiphanies seemingly out of nowhere. Being a fan of Xiran from her online presence and content, it often feels like the protagonist, Zetian, will be speaking with Xiran's voice instead of her own. Another issue is world building. This world has a ton of potential, but the world building left very bare, barring some reveals at the end. This may be rectified in the teased sequel.

    Don't go into this book expecting a moral protagonist, this is a revenge plot. It is a female power fantasy and suffers from many of the issues that male power fantasies do.

    Overall I enjoyed my time with this book, despite its flaws. It was a good first book for author Xiran Jay Zhao, and I look forward to seeing how she develops as an author.

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    • Emma Pickens
    • 23/09/2021

    Exciting without being exhausting

    Shows like Handmaid's Tale can be exhausting to watch with the content need for the main characters to bend to save their own lives, but the protagonist of this story never feels like she is giving up any ground so it doesn't feel like watching or reading an hour of straight suffering to get to a victory. Whenever it feels too on the nose and heavy handed with the main characters learning a lesson or seeing something fall through, I remember it's a giant kaiju vs mech story and it feels in place for the universe. Not to mention the amazing twists in the ending that make me excited for the next book.

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    • Becky's Book Recs
    • 06/12/2021

    Maybe it was the timing

    If I had rated this at 70% finished, I would’ve given it 5 stars. The writing, the world building, the story, the pacing are all excellent. Adored the feminist message as well.
    But (spoilers from here on) the polygamous relationship was a turnoff. Still, to each his own. Could’ve gotten past it. However, reading about the murderous rampage the main character goes on, justifying the deaths because of how the people wronged her, was too hard to swallow a week after another high school shooting. Maybe would’ve cheered for her more if they were actively trying to kill her but most were unarmed and pleading for their lives when she killed them. Just didn’t sit well with me. Really wanted to love this. 😞

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    • KinDallas
    • 23/11/2021

    Not Quite What I Expected

    To be completely honest, the premise sounded amazing, so I was disappointed when I could only it a quarter of the way in before I gave up. The prose is just...disjointed. The heroine is one note (sulky/angry) to the point I couldn't get into the story. The narrator did what she could, but it's not written well enough to make up for it.

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    • Daniel J. Mijares
    • 26/09/2021

    🔥🔥🔥😎

    legit good stuff here

    good story, cool integration of chinese culture. having the actual chinese spoken in the story was a real immersive experience. that's not the point, but as a silly american mexican who doesn't have native chinese speakers around it was really neat to finally start to be able to recognize the tones just from hearing the story for several hours. i really think this is amazing!!

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    • Laura R.
    • 29/11/2021

    I absolutely loved it!

    The acting was fantastic! The story was amazing! I've listened to it probably 10 times already, it is my regular companion around the house and on long drives. Really an excellent listen.

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    • Jordan
    • 25/09/2021

    Fantastic

    I first found this author on YouTube and have been following every single video on Xiran Jay Zhao’s channel. I have to say I was looking forward to this book and my expectations were blown out of the water. Amazing work. Hoping there is a sequel coming.

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    • Babushka
    • 23/09/2021

    Hunger Games meets Girls of Paper and Fire

    This book did everything right that the Hunger Games did wrong.
    I'm upset that I finished it because I need more.

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    • ema
    • 07/01/2022

    Great concepts - poor excecution

    This book had some really interesting and unique concepts. However, characters and pacing felt inconsistent, throughout. There was a huge lack of build up to what was supposed to be significant moments, and overall it read similarly to a draft. If the writer had reworked this book I'm sure I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Overall it's a good first effort with many interesting ideas, but it majorly lacks consistency and natural dialogue, which felt extremely clunky and somewhat juvenile. I'm sure the author will improve with time and I am interested in what she'll come out with next as she has a lot of potential.

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    • Jim
    • 15/11/2021

    Great concept, heavy-handed execution

    I really wanted to love this book because I thought the concept was very inventive and I watch and enjoy the author's YouTube channel. Even though I actually agree with the ethos of the messages in this book, I found their delivery to be very heavy handed. It also suffers from "perfect protagonist" syndrome, which doesn't let you feel afraid for the main protagonist whenever she's in trouble. In a highly creative book like this, I typically like it to be grounded by people who act like people...I wish there was a bit more of that.

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    • Olga Horn
    • 17/12/2021

    Destroying gender roles with giant robots

    Came for the polyamorous love triangle. Stayed for the systematic destruction of the patriarchy.

    I don't really have anything more to say, book's good

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    • FishingForFantasy
    • 03/01/2022

    Great entertainment with the best speaker for an English novel I heard so far

    This fast paced story with an excellent speaker provides great entertainment, if you don’t look for high literature and if you don’t mind quite repetitive passages on the female heroine’s frustration about the unfair treatment of women in the world of this story. Usually I listen to English language fantasy novels late evening in bed. I tend to fall asleep within half an hour - not with this story and definitely not with this speaker, which kept me awake until around 3 a.m. ! I have never perceived speakers making a big positive differentiation to a story - not with this one, however: Rong Fu definitely adds to the fast pace excitement of this story! A nice touch and unfortunately quite rare thing for translated stories from Chinese authors is that with Rong Fu a speaker was selected, who is capable of proper pronunciation of Chinese language derived names and phrases.

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    • Rutana
    • 23/11/2021

    Must-Read!

    Fantastic book, fantastic narrator.
    The epilogue is killing me!!! I need a sequel! q.q
    I can fully recommend the book to everyone who isn't affected by the amazing content warnings at the beginning of the book! (This needs to become a standart!)

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    • Zuzana Kratochvilova
    • 28/02/2022

    Binged it!

    Great plot, finally a fresh take on a heroine, that actually has some debt and wasn't just "chosen" based on some random, passive features she never had to work for. I was honestly surprised and binged the whole thing in two days. Also, credit where credit's due, very good interpretation from Rong Fu, at least personally, I found her voice and intonation very pleasent and fitting the story.

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    • CaGö
    • 11/12/2021

    Like reading mediocre fanfiction

    Really tried to get into the story, immerse into the world. But story fails to hook me in. The whole thing seems like a crossover between Pokémon and Transformers with a veneer of fantastical and historical elements jumbled in. Also the book throws in some heavy gender equality issues and teenaged angst.
    Reader’s voice is pleasant enough but not able to save the whole mess.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/12/2021

    amazing

    I have been waiting for this since I stumbled upon Xiran Jay Zhao on YouTube and it did not disappoint. such a fierce protagonist, fantastical story and breaking of gender and relationship norms. I couldn't stop listening to it and now I am sad it's over.

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    • Fiona
    • 10/12/2021

    I am in love with this book

    I truly did not know what to expect from this book. I had seen it being praised in my social media circles but there have been vastly overhyped books around there before so I was cautious but DAMN. I sped through this in less than a day. It kept me engaged from start to finish and I can't wait for the sequel. Reading the premise, one might wonder, how does this work? But it does. Mecha fights, sci-fi, and mythology and great characters intertwine for an amazing fast-paced story.

    I usually struggle to like the protagonists of many stories but here, I loved her! Zetian is an amazing protagonist and it's so much fun to experience her world from her perspective. Everything is so well done in this book. The writing, the characterization, the worldbuilding, and the action. Everything just fits together. It's never overbearing or too much but just right.

    I was amazed by the author's ability to make this world feel so real with so many little touches here and there and the ending had me worked up. It's perfect!

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    • M.
    • 04/11/2022

    The Performance was stunning.

    so good that at time I forgot it wasn't my voice in my head, but the narrator!

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    • L K
    • 12/10/2022

    hat Spaß gemacht

    es war eine schöne Geschichte mit leichten schwächen. es ist angenehm modern aber reproduziert leider manchmal den Sexismus gegen den es sich wendet.
    bi und polyamore Darstellung fand ich gut

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    • Selix7
    • 24/08/2022

    Ungewöhnlich gut

    Es ist wirklich eine spannende Geschichte. Auch wenn ich einige der Wendungen erwartet habe, waren sie doch alle nacollziehbar. Gerade das „Worldbuilding“ gefällt mir sehr gut. Die Welt ist stimmig aber auch anders genug um super spannend zu sein.
    Leider sind die letzten 1,5 Stunden etwas überdreht. Es geht zu leicht von statten. Schwer zu beschreiben ohne etwas zu verraten. Powercreep ist einfach zu stark.
    Trotzdem würde ich das Buch uneingeschränkt weiter empfehlen und warte gespannt auf den nächsten Teil.