Young adult novelist, Zoe Hana Mikuta, to speak at WSU

"Gearbreakers" cover
"Gearbreakers" cover

Zoe Hana Mikuta, author of the recently released science fiction novel “Gearbreakers,” will kick off Washington State Univerisity’s Visiting Writer Series next week.

Mikuta won a two-book publishing deal at age 19 which led to “Gearbreakers” and its soon-to-be released sequel, “Godslayers.” Now 20, she recently sold the movie rights for “Gearbreakers” to a producer. On her website, she says that deteriorating worlds and characters with “bad tempers, skewed morals and big hearts” are what she primarily enjoys writing about. Her characters are queer, half-white girls without families who fight robots and fall in love.

“Gearbreakers” centers on two main characters, Eris and Sona, in a fictional world. The two seem, at first, to be on opposite sides of a war spread by the oppressive rule of Godalia and giant mechanical weapons known as Windups. After a run-in with each other, they learn that their intentions and morals aren’t as different as they think.

click to enlarge Zoe Hana Mikuta, author of "Gearbreakers"
Zoe Hana Mikuta, author of "Gearbreakers"

Mikuta, who is Korean-American, grew up in Boulder, Colo. She attends the University of Washington in Seattle where she studies creative writing and history of religion. She will speak at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, 405 S.E. Spokane St., in Pullman. The event is free. More information on Mikuta and her works can be found online at

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