Waiting on Wednesday: Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie


Release Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte


Aisha 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.

Why I am Excited about It:

I have heard a lot about this book (but I have yet to see any reviews) and of course since I love science fiction I had to check it out. After reading the synopsis, I feel that this book could one of two ways: either it is going to be one of the best books I have read all year or it is going to be pretty standard and I am curious to see which one it is! Of course, I want it to be fantastic as I think that it has the potential. The characters seem pretty interesting and I am hoping that they are going to be amazingly badass. I am sure that there is going to be an enemy to friend trope (which I do for the most part enjoy). I also want to understand more about the “Fleet”. Is it a single ship or multiple?  And also who does not love a good old fashion rebellion, so what is the political atmosphere that lead to this? However, these are common tropes found in a lot of science fiction or just literature in general so it is all going to Emily’s execution that determines its fate.

(Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


17 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

      1. Ahh no!! I surprisingly have nothing planned that week so my agenda is cleared for reading it. Although, I feel like i’ll regret finishing it so fast since the next book won’t be out for another year… ughh why do pub dates have to be so spread apart??! *le sigh*


      1. Yeah, I know. Sometimes I think that I should wait to read the next one, until the last one comes out. Then I’m like… that’s so far away! haha.


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