Fall of the Iron Gods (Hardcover)
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Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the The Mechanists series.
The South Asian Province’s secret prison has been destroyed and its leaders are on trial. But the Red Hand is more endangered than ever. The Planetary Alliance Commission has branded them public enemy number one and is determined to root their remaining forces out of their Himalayan base, even as the pandemic rages on in the province.
Ashiva, armed with a new bionic upgrade, leads a team back into the fray to track down a mysterious beacon that may well be a trap. Synch helps lock down and evacuate their mountain stronghold. Taru discovers a precious resource that everyone—especially the PAC—is desperate to control. And the PAC is all too willing to sacrifice an entire province to achieve their optimal results.
Ashiva, Synch, and Taru must save their homeland before its entire population is sacrificed for the greater planetary good.
About the Author
Olivia Kaur Chadha began her writing career with a stint in Los Angeles writing comic book scripts for Fathom. She has a Ph.D in creative writing from Binghamton University and a master's in creative writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research centers on exile, folklore and fairy tales, and the environment. She is first-generation American of Punjabi Sikh and Latvian/German descent and lives in Colorado with her family and two very odd dogs.
Praise for Rise of the Red Hand:
"Rise of the Red Hand mixes the best of cyberpunk and anime with a tale of family and revolution to create something completely unique--intimate yet action-packed, touching yet thrilling. Olivia Chadha delivers as much action as she does heart, all with a healthy dose of mecha. It kicks ass."
-MIKE CHEN, author of Here Now and Then
"A captivating sci-fi debut that masterfully weaves in commentary on climate change, technology, and class inequality. Rise of the Red Hand delivers on its promise of an action-packed story of rebellion and resistance, and you'll be rooting for the badass revolutionary hero, Ashiva--a girl with teeth, and a metal fist."
-FARAH NAZ RISHI, author of I Hope You Get This Message
"An exhilarating and relevant story that gives voice to those often unheard and sticks with you long after that last page."
-ALECHIA DOW, author of The Sound of Stars
Innovative, smartly written, and harrowingly relevant."
-JULIA EMBER, author of The Seafarer's Kiss
"It's everything I want in a cyberpunk story: devastating political and existential stakes, a surging pace, and profoundly rad cybernetics."
-HANNAH ABIGAIL CLARKE, author of The Scapegracers
This is speculative fiction as we rarely see it—with the global south speaking up in a powerful and compellingly imagined near future. Rise of the Red Hand explores the most urgent issues of our time, the soullessness of technology and the gap between rich and poor, with non-stop action propelled by a sharp young cast. More brilliant speculative fiction like this, please!" —Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of The Bloodprint
"Fun, exciting, thoughtful, and very hard to put down. If you're looking for a story about resistance and family set against a world that blends the best of cyberpunk and anime, this book is for you." —Mary Kenney
"Olivia Chadha’s heartfelt, adroit, brisk and thoughtful debut novel proves that everything old is new again . . . Rise of the Red Hand proves itself willing to shatter daringly all its initial assumptions and verities, putting its cast through life-altering fires, in order to create new forms of beauty and hope and possible salvation." —Locus Magazine
"Steeped in elements from real-life South Asian cultures, the worldbuilding is original and intriguing, incorporating dystopian and utopian elements along with current hot issues such as societal inequities, digital surveillance, and technology’s impact on humanity.... [A] strong and intricate story." —Kirkus