Women from Other Worlds

When: September 26, 2022 | 5 PM

Where: Dog-Eared Books

Women From Other Worlds Book Club explores the contemporary work of female authors of fantasy and sci-fi. Historically underappreciated in the genre, these writers are now doubtlessly some of its greatest leaders.

This month we are reading Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. The Women From Other Worlds book club will meet at 5 PM, on Monday, September 26.

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.

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us for discussion at Dog-Eared Books at 5 PM, on Monday, September 26. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate, no registration necessary.

Dates and books of upcoming 2022  Women From Other Worlds Book Club gatherings: 

September 26 at 5 PM Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

October 24 at 5 PM Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

November 28 at 5 PM Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang

December 19 at 5 PM A Half Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys