An Unkindness of Ghosts

An Unkindness of Ghosts

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"Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world. Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York, USA :, Akashic Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781617755880
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

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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