Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Hullmetal Girls

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 brot...

Details Hullmetal Girls

TitleHullmetal Girls
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews Hullmetal Girls

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit➽and yes, this review...
  • Lola
    I’m going to tell you right from the start that you’re not missing anything by passing on this one.Even if you’re a die-hard fan of science fiction. Even if you absolutely love lesbian relationships. Even if YA is your jam, man.Because if you’re a die-hard fan of sci-fi, you’ve read so much better. This author isn’t even trying to be original. Enhanced human soldiers that become cyborgs? I mean, that sounds awesome but the word ‘‘...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Hullmetal Girls is the weird, complex, sci-fi book about consent and reluctant friendship between girls I didn't know I was looking for. This book follows two POVs, Aisha Un-Haad (a hijabi aroace girl) and Key Tanaka (a Japanese girl) when they each become Scela, genetically altered, mechanical soldiers. Aisha makes the choice for herself, a drastic decision that goes deeply against her religion, in order to get the government money her younger s...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    ETA — SECOND THOUGHTS: I had a lot of issues with the treatment of queer characters in this book, which I wanted to mention in my review, but didn't know how to word things. The representations in this book are pansexual, ace/aro, and trans, and I don't fall into any of these categories as a cis bisexual woman, so I wasn't sure if I was imagining the issues I had, but after talking to friends and reading own-voice reviews, I am convinced that I...
  • Acqua
    This was more formulaic than I expected. I thought a story set on a generation fleet that promised queer rep and revolutions wouldn't feel like the average 2012-era YA dystopian, but it did. I've already read this plot at least ten times before; the only things that changed in Hullmetal Girls are the setting, the technology and the focus on friendship instead of romance, which I really liked.The queer representation wasn't great. I say this not b...
  • Leah
    I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately, it fell flat in a lot of ways. Read the full review on my blog.Brief note for those who only look at GoodReads reviews: if you are trans and/or aroace, please read the full review as the coming out scenes for the trans character and the aroace character were really harmful.
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...When her brother contracts a plague Aisha volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to serve the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive 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...
  • Tara Sim
    If you like badass girls, space adventures, gray morals, and huge mecha soldiers, this is the book for you. Emily once again demonstrates her ability to craft an action-packed story that nonetheless wallops you right in the feels.
  • Jessica Cluess
    COME ON AND SMASH.This is the Battlestar Galactica cyborg space military mashup you never knew you always wanted. Fascinating biotech, flawed but strong characters, realistic relationships, a unique militaristic society, plot twists and turns galore, it all amounts to one of the best YA sci fi books out there.I'm not a big sci fi person. I'm not a cyborg fan in general. And I LOVED this book. I can think of no better recommendation than that. Go ...
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek Buddy Read with Destiny!! Update: I have mentioned the potentially triggering content involving LGTBQ+characters in this book, characters being outed involuntarily in a manner I didn't agree with. However, I have also seen the author invade a reviewer's private space also in a manner I don't agree with so unfortunately I don't think I'll continue reading her work. It isn't right for a reviewer t...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    It's probably more like 3.5 stars but oh well. Full review to come.
  • OutlawPoet
    Unfortunately, Hullmetal Girls just didn’t live up to my hopes.I loved the mecha aspect of everything. The author put such thought into her cyborgs – the way the mecha merged with the human, and some of the ways in which it really didn’t.But our Girls were kind of…bland. They were so…so…angsty/introspective most of the time. (And, BTW, I hated our Hullmetal Boy.)The worldbuilding was a little slow for my taste. It took forever for me ...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this arc as a gift from a friend). Hullmetal Girls was rich, thought provoking, and full of two fantastic protagonists. I loved that some describe this book as full of 'angry cyborg girls' because that to me sounds like my anthem. I want angry cyborg girls and Skrustskie delivers.So let's begin with the characters. First off, Key felt like this breath of cathartic fresh air and she remains this enigmatic puzzle until the e...
  • Chessa
    I was super ready to love this: angry cyborg girls, space, queer characters?! Sign me up!Alas. I have basically read this book before. It’s pretty much Hunger Games, without the literal games, in space. See also: An Unkindness of Ghosts.The thing about space books is I love them so much, but my standards are also v v v v high as a result. I liked the initial premise of this book a whole lot - but felt really let down in the delivery unfortunate...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    Read out the first chapter of Hullmetal Girls here! "The Chancellor sees us the way humans do, the way I used to see Scela. We're tools. Weapons. Things to be wielded with force." Hullmetal Girls is an ambitious science fiction novel that brings together many elements into an interesting (and frightening) future. The book gripped me with its first words, providing just enough of a primer of the world, the customs, and I had high hopes for this...
  • Arys
    Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie is a young adult Sci-Fi novel. Set 301 years after a fleet of ships leaves the Solar System in search of a new planet where humanity can survive, things have settled into tiers based on how close a ship is to the front of the fleet. A terrorist group, Fractionists, aims to take power in order to break up the fleet rather than keep it consolidated. The General Assembly's troops and enforcers, Scela, are made up o...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    maybe a 2.5 if I am being lenient. Maybe.I am disappointed, though. This book has more than a few good ideas but the messy execution of them makes it hard to stick around, much less immerse myself in Key and Aisha's POVs. The worldbuilding is sink or swim, but without enough information provided and the POVs felt indistinguishable. There is a definite uptick after about 65% in -- the story makes up somewhat for lost time by the end but it's not e...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3 stars (but only because I'm honestly undecided and have no idea what my feelings really are about this book)So...what just happened?I honestly am just a big jumble of EMOTIONS™ after this book because wow there were so many things going on and this was a wild ride.I'm probably going to have to sleep on this decision, but the best way I can describe my feelings is this is an adult science-fiction plot shoved into the young adult format and I h...
  • Whitley Birks
    I was most of the way through this book and stuck on why I was having so much trouble finishing it. It made no sense why I wasn’t devouring the book as fast as possible – it’s got spaceships and cyborgs and conspiracies and training montages! It’s got girl friendships and cool tech and interesting side characters and evil governments being taken down from within!And…it’s the last one. Taken down from within. Because, as much as there...
  • Caro Herrera
    Although I was initially very excited for this book, I'm sad to say it just didn't live up to my expectations. There were aspects I definitely enjoyed, but overall the book just seemed pretty bland and repetitive of a bunch of previous books. (The fact that the different ships are each called "Districts" and the farther away from the main ship that the District is, the poorer that District is... I mean, we've seen this exact thing before, haven't...
  • Sadie Forsythe
    This was so much better than I expected. I’m just so jaded on YA lit, but this gave me hope for the genre. These girls face some real challenges and succeed through perseverance and determination, every times. Plus, the book is full of diversity and calmly breaks patriarchal norms all over the place. There are people who look different from one another and economic/class distinctions. There’s an aroace character, a pansexual character, someon...
  • Meg
    Emily Skrutskie's Hullmetal Girls is what I've been wanting to see from YA science fiction for what feels like forever! A lot of the "science fiction" YA books I've read in the last several years have been more science fantasy, or they've been shelved in the adult science fiction/fantasy section, which can keep titles out of view of their targeted audiences. And I'm happy to say that I absolutely LOVED Hullmetal Girls.Emily calls it her "standa...
  • Ashley
    Hullmetal Girls turned out to much differently than I expect. The thought put into the Scela design, how the tech interacts with a person’s mind and how it influences them, this was huge. You could see the amount of thought that the author put into that integration. If you need an angst fix, along with sci-fi, this will do it for you. Both Aisha and Key faced tragedy in their lives, before and after becoming Scela. As they learned their new rol...
  • Tori Frost
    In HULLMETAL GIRLS, author Emily Skrutskie crafts a science-fiction masterpiece as honed and relentless as her monstrous mechanical heroines, yet like them, it never loses its human heart. Her protagonists' visceral change from ordinary girls to hulking, neurally-linked cyborgs isn't the book's most impressive transformation, however. Skrutskie takes gritty, militaristic science-fiction and rips out all the boys' club imperialism, combining the t...