Review: Hullmetal Girls

5 stars

Women in space-worthy fullbody armor. "Hullmetal girls. Citizens. Soldiers. Rebels."

This is one of my favorite novels so far this year. With humanity divided among a fleet of generation ships and strong female characters in martial roles, it reminds me of THE STARS ARE LEGION but with a softer, more caring side. The main character’s cybernetic enhancements and military commissioning draw her not away from her family woes but deeper into it–and also into those of her squadmates, with whom she shares a new telepathic link. But this textured novel has more to offer, showcasing aro/ace and other LGBTQ representation, as well as representation of a minority religion and the persecution that so often comes with it. I hope to find many more novels like this.

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