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Hullmetal Girls

– tekijä: Emily Skrutskie

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Aisha Un-Haad, seventeen, and Key Tanaka, eighteen, have risked everything for new lives as mechanically enhanced soldiers, and when an insurrection forces dark secrets to surface, the fate of humanity is in their hands.
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Skrutskie, Emily. Hullmetal Girls. Delacorte, 2018.
Hullmetal Girls is not just a generation starship story. It describes a fleet of generation ships looking for someplace to migrate humanity, or what is left of it. The fleet is run by a junta called the General Body presided over by a chancellor and protected by a marshal, who has at her disposal large squads of mind-connected and mind-controlled cyborgs. Our protagonists are the members of one of these teams of cyborg warriors. The novel is character-driven—delving into the deprivations that lead members of the team to have their bodies weaponized and their minds turned over to a supervised artificial intelligence. The trouble is that the fleet idea itself doesn’t make much sense. A culture that has the resources to build a fleet of ships but does not have the technology to identify and scout a likely destination does not pass the plausibility test, especially when we are told that the ships do have faster-than-light capability they don’t always use. ( )
  Tom-e | Aug 23, 2020 |
4.5 stars

This took me a good hundred pages to warm up to (keep in mind this book is not that long - only 320 or so pages), but OH MY FREAKING GOD I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.

RTC. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
Literary merit: good
Characterization: good
Age appropriateness: teens

According to Wikipedia, a space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology. The term has no relation to music, but is instead a play on the terms "soap opera."
This is a space opera, for sure.
The characters have all opted to “take the metal” and transition from human to Scela. Think Wolverine mixed with a G.I. Joe. The enhancements are woven through your body, becoming part of your biology. Few survive the surgery in the first place.
Though the start is a little slow (because…world-building), this has all the elements of a space opera, and would appeal to any fans of the genre.

Recommended? Optional purchase. ( )
  SWONroyal | Feb 22, 2019 |
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Very Good
Recommended: Recommended for genre fans
Level: High School

In the far future, the fleet carrying all that is left of humanity depends on cyborgs to protect itself from internal threats. To support the cyborg implants, each human host is given an AI computer, implanted directly into their brains, which actively communicates with the human host while also controlling it. Each human host has a slightly different relationship with their AI implant. The concept is fascinating, and with a diverse and interesting cast and an interesting villain and premise (though if you've watched WALL-E you'll likely guess what's going on), this book is definitely entertaining and engaging for fans of the sci-fi genre. I only wish that Skrutskie had pushed her interesting sci-fi elements that much further, and been a bit bolder in exploring her more troubling concepts. In such a complex world, the ending felt a little too neat and unsatisfying. ( )
  SWONroyal | Oct 24, 2018 |
This science fiction story takes place in a fleet of humans looking for a new home planet. They have been searching for 301 years. During this time the fleet has divided itself into seven castes of varying prosperity. The book is told alternately by Aisha and Key.

Aisha is from the seventh tier which is the lowest caste. She has been working as a janitor to support her younger sister and brother since her parents' deaths. Now her young brother has caught the plague which can be treated but costs a lot of money. In order to provide treatment for him, Aisha decides to become a Scela for the higher paycheck. The Scela are the peacekeepers in the fleet and are remade with mechanical parts. It is a desperate option but Aisha doesn't have any other. She's doing it for her family. She leaves her sister with her mother's sister Yasmin. Yasmin is supposed to keep her out of the dyeworks where many in her tier work and die.

Key is from the first tier where the rulers and rich people live. She wakes to find that she is now Scela and has no idea why she made that choice. She has large gaps in her memory about her life and her past.

The two girls and two other new Scela become a squad and go through basic training to learn to use their new bodies. They have ups and downs as they learn to integrate the machine intelligence that is now part of them. On Aisha's first leave, she and Key are allowed to go back to her home ship to check up on her family. There Aisha finds out the her sister is working in the dyeworks, her brother has been sent to the plague ship for treatment, and her aunt is part of the underground Fractionists who are rebelling against the leaders of the fleet and who believe that they would have a better chance of finding a new planet if they fleet split up. Aisha, very reluctantly, gets involved with the Fractionists because she is being coerced by her aunt in return for better treatment for her sister.

Meanwhile, both girls are seeing things that lead them to believe that the leaders are so eager to hold onto power that they are passing up planets that could be settled. Key also begin to learn some of the things that were blocked from her memory which I had already figured out.

This was an engaging and exciting science fiction story. The characters were well drawn and the world building was intriguing. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 13, 2018 |
näyttää 5/5
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