Rise of the Red Hand


Product Details

Erewhon Books
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.06 pounds

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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.


"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 Reviews

"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

"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 and 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." --H. A. 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, author of Gamer Girls