The giant combat robots known as mechs or mechas are a staple of anime and manga, but they can be kind of hard to find in prose. But “kind of hard” doesn’t mean impossible, and if you’ve been looking for some mecha-heavy fiction, we’ve got the books for you.
In the world of Peter Tieryas’ The United States of Japan, the United States was annexed by Japan following the victory of the Axis powers in World War II. Now loyal citizens of Japan, few Americans know of the atrocities committed under the Emperor’s orders. Mecha Samurai Empire protagonist Makoto Fujimoto wants more than anything to become a mecha pilot, but rising tensions between Nazi Germany and Japan, along with his own poor academic performance, threaten to put an end to his greatest aspirations.
A little girl named Rose tumbles down a hole while riding her bike, landing in the palm of a massive metal hand. Seventeen years later, Rose is a scientist, one of a team working to solve the mystery of who left the monstrous appendage, and why. Told in a series of debriefings and documents, Sleeping Giants explores a world on the brink of change on a massive scale.
A Novel of the Armor Wars
Learning to control the biomechanical war machines known as Mechas is a grueling process, but pilot-in-training Matt Lowell is eager to do his part in the war against the Corsair Confederacy. What he and his fellow cadets don’t know is that someone or something is tampering with the mental links they use to control their machines, and slowly destroying their minds.
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
What’s even scarier than a dragon? A mecha dragon. In Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett’s fantasy series, magic-infused, mechanical dragons are the premiere weapons of the realm of Volstov in its long-running war with its rivals, the Ke-Han. A Volstov victory is very nearly in sight, but something is coming that will challenge the might of the fiercest dragon pilot in the corps.
A golem is a figure of Jewish folklore: a being made of mud or clay brought to life by magic to serve its creator. If you think about it, a golem is really a kind of robot, so the giant golem brought to life to fight the Nazis in Steve Niles’ Breath of Bones is very much a mech. Don’t agree? Well, that’s okay. You don’t have to in order to enjoy this awesome story about a bunch of Nazis getting the crap kicked out of them by a gigantic mud monster.