And our final book club pick of the year is …

Join us in November for our final book club of the year!


We’re closing out the year with a final book club pick: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao.

As with all our book club picks, we’re focusing on books that highlight underrepresented authors, characters and issues. We’ve already read two powerful books in 2021: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas and Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

We’re excited to continue with this science-fiction YA novel from a debut author.

Listen to the Announcement:

Here’s how it works:

  • Members of the Bookstacked Team are already reading Legendborn. They’ll be sharing their thoughts on the book via social media posts using #BookmarkedYA.
  • If you want to join our conversations, you can also post on Twitter and Instagram using #BookmarkedYA.
  • At the end of NOVEMBER, we’ll drop a book club discussion episode in the Bookmarked podcast feed. #BookmarkedYA comments and posts from listeners and readers will be incorporated in the discussion (so be sure to post if you want your voice included in the episode!)

About Iron Widow:

‘Iron Widow’ by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen)

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.

We’ll see you in November!

Saul Marquez founded Bookstacked in 2014 and serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily covers news for Bookstacked. He also co-hosts Bookmarked: A YA Book Podcast.

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