Tuesday, October 3, 2017

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Awwww, yeah! An Unkindess of Ghosts is definitely checking boxes for me! A Sci-Fi book written by a woman of color that reflects on the impact of intergenerational trauma and blurbed by the like s of Victor LaValle and Tananarive Due?! Sign me up and take my money! I won't be reading this one right away, I'm saving it for a special reading stretch that I will be talking about later!

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.

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