An Unkindness of Ghosts

An Unkindness of Ghosts

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Obsessive and withdrawn, Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the space vessel HSS Matilda. When the autopsy of the ship's sovereign reveals a link between his death and the suicide of Aster's mother, she begins sewing the seeds for civil war, and learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it.
Publisher: LaVergne : Akashic Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781617755996
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A diverse, thought-provoking Sci-Fi about the distant future of mankind, trapped on a giant spaceship for generations and perpetuating much the same follies as we have thus far in our history. It manages simultaneously to be original and unpredictable, with a dark and brooding tone.
~Alexa

One of the most inventive, unique and brilliant debuts I've read. Rivers places the reader within a post-apocalyptic society resembling the antebellum South, but all contained on the Matilda, a ship hurtling through space to a promised land. Gender norms and genetics, plant life and science have evolved on the Matilda, but racism a religious fervor remain. Aster, a brilliant scientist and slave, and the Surgeon Theo risk it all to bring the oppressive regime down. Solomon Rivers is an incredibly gifted writer and I am hoping for a sequel because I don't think this story is over.

KatieD_KCMO Nov 03, 2018

One of the most inventive, unique and brilliant debuts I've read. Rivers places the reader within a post-apocalyptic society resembling the antebellum South, but all contained on the Matilda, a ship hurtling through space to a promised land. Gender norms and genetics, plant life and science have evolved on the Matilda, but racism a religious fervor remain. Aster, a brilliant scientist and slave, and the Surgeon Theo risk it all to bring the oppressive regime down. Solomon Rivers is an incredibly gifted writer and I am hoping for a sequel because I don't think this story is over.

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rixonkj
Mar 20, 2018

This book reminded me a LOT of Octavia E. Butler. This is maybe an inevitable comparison for any black woman writer of speculative fiction, but there really is a kinship between this book and Butler's work, especially Wild Seed--in the relationships people have with science, with gender, and especially with power.

It's not a happy book. It wasn't always easy for me to read--there's a lot of violence, from rape committed by law enforcement figures to amputations performed by the protagonist. But there isn't much gore, and like Butler, Solomon explores the worst humans do to each other in order to find a way to a world where we can do better.

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KatG1983
Feb 18, 2018

The author is clearly a brilliant and sophisticated writer - the book is rich and layered, but, that being said, I had a difficult time immersing into the story. It just wasn't the kind of book that I could devour in a sitting or two. But, while I'd classify it as a more difficult read for me, it was definitely worth the extra effort and time. There are several passages of such beautiful writing that I actually took the time to write down a quotation of two...

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