WOW: Hullmetal Girls


Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Expected Publication: July 17th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 320

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Hullmetal GirlsAisha 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 maintain 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 Strutskie. Strutskie’s duology, The Abyss Surrounds Us, was one of my favourite reads last year. I loved the adventure and the characters. It was really original and, to be honest, I’d be happy to try whatever this author has come up with next.
  • The world-building. The world-building in The Abyss Surrounds Us was one of the things I loved about it, so I’m assuming that will apply here too. It looks like that’s going to include aliens, symbiotes, cyborgs and apologetically angry women.
  • The comp titles. Strutskie called this “Battlestar/ Pacific Rim/ Sense8/ Snowpiercer frolic affectionately known as Cyborg Space Jam” and I think, if that’s not enough to sell it to you, nothing will.

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