(An Unkindness of Ghosts) [PDF DOWNLOAD] Æ Rivers Solomon
Ures Astra seems to have autism is rather gay than not but closely binary She s also strong and pretty brilliant and she also has a tendency to say exactly what she means and do exactly as she wants regardless of whether it s safe for her to do so This is a mixed blessing Theo is a somewhat distant character but he is also fairly nicely rounded as is a few other of the MC s As a study on slavery and cultural abuse taken p ten notches it is a Grey (Fifty Shades, uite sickening study and this bringss to the title Ghosts are Whites The slavery is almost ship wide It s almost Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, unbearable to read When you can countp to 90 massive trauma events to your person by the time you reach 40 both of a strictly abusive nature and a sexual one and this is considered the normal and natural order of things then you know something is slightly offFor what this tale does in making a very varied read and one that illustrates the horrors in so many ways it is very goodNow the badIt s almost We Love You, Charlie Freeman unbearable to read If the author is intending to depress the living hell out of me and make me want to end it all because I happen to have white skin then I shall call her a winner There is VERY little other than Theo to make me think that whites are anything other than complete andtter aholes All the villains and I mean the ghosts are cardboard cutouts of complete and The Messy Accident (An ABDL Story) utter evil A slight taste of a rounded villain or at least a lying rounded villain might have given this whole thing a bit meat As it was I just learned to hate and hate and hate and hate and hate and hate Maybe I need to be clear it s tiring to hate so much Emotionally Intellectually EverythingAnd then there s an SF reason to dislike this novel If I am to accept the premise that a generational starship can be made maintained and piloted for annknown number of years on a slave race then this is doable It s a completely dystopian turn your mind off SF trope applied to a generational starship Good for reinforcing that whole world as prison mentality NOT good for rational thoughtWhyI kept asking myself that one It Looks Like This uestion over and over and over WHY Ignore the how Social structures can be maintained indefinitely with a little ruthlessness and power even with the possibility of revolution My bigestion is WHY would anyone put a bunch of slaves on a high tech easily destroyable long put a bunch of slaves on a high tech easily destroyable long spaceship You need a VERY educated workforce and one that is than willing to go the extra effort not to punch holes in hulls or start random fires that can wipe out the entire crew Instead we have fires and rifles here On a spaceship Okay Turn off the mind Got it Assume it s super high tech as is implied by the computer at the end or the hints at faster FASTER travel through space I beg the estion again WHY all the hate hate hate I m talking about the ghosts If they hate so much why didn t they just gather themselves p with a bunch of robots and go ck off to some other planet if it s so easy to have a bunch of aholes #GET A Generational Spaceship In # a generational spaceship in first place Why bring along a slave workforce to abuse at all Especially when you KNOW it s bound to turn badReligion could have been an answer but the closest we get to that is the ghosts calling themselves gods So not developed Even the Pharaohs had a rich and varied social system to account for the pyramidsNo This is just social ineuity massive abuse built into the culture a bit of cool character building and lots of really difficult emotional reading It s not hard to follow or enjoy otherwise So Good and bad It really depends on what you re looking for A rich SF this is not A heartbreaking tale of a world prison This Der to be less than humanWhen the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some arter century before Aster retraces her mother's footsteps Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for .
Was no confusion or overlap within these personalities The language Love Show used by the lower decks is absolutely beautiful and I could not get enough In fact I may have taken away a tiny weeny star because of it The language variations among the decks is often references but hardly on show within the novel I would have loved to have seen the language Tolkien style extremely intense This is however a very personal preference and in absolutely no way detracts from the brilliance of the story In addition this book is chock full of medical jargon which is extremely appropriate since Aster is in our parlance a doctor One nuance that jumped out at me was the misgendering of Flick by The Lieutenant Flick and those on their deck identify as non binary on this further down however the Lieutenant constantly refers to Flicksing sheher pronouns The reader is not sure if this is meant to Origin (Robert Langdon, underscore the divergence between thepper and lower decks viz a callous disregard for the self of lower deckers particularly differences related to culture and gender or if it is an error If it is the former this attenetion to detail further highlights the layering and literary nuances that exist within this novel Gender and sexuality are constantly explored and again extremely layered All this is done without feeling forced or like a diversity checkbox Sexuality is painted in a positive light without any slut shaming Despite these positive portrayals I did find the reveal of one a key character to be acephobic and therefor problematic I am curious to see if this changes in the final copy In a similar vein I do enjoy that a number of characters are neuroatypical while I do find that their portrayal often time borders on ableist I am able to elaborate further and would happily default to members of this community The acephobia and ableism are things that I will check against the final copy While these two concerns were jarring to read in what is otherwise a stellar book I am hopeful that they have been revised Pending these changes An Unkindness of Ghosts is a 4 star read In conclusion An Unkindness of Ghosts was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and it did not disappoint This book is one for the ages and I do recommend pending changes to the final copy I really enjoyed this I love how the book incorporated intersectional blackgender identities and paralleled the antebellum South to create a richer story It was a The Riddle of the Yellow Canary uniue take on the scifi dystopian genre that opens wider paths for inclusive storytelling I m not just giving it diversity points I truly believe the author s inclusion of autism andeer identities was purposeful in painting a deeper story that reflects our society Aster feels real and I loved being in her headspace because it s a perspective so Inside the Asylum uniuely told I also enjoyed heriet and I loved being in her headspace because it s a perspective so Plastic uniuely told I also enjoyed heriet subtle relationship with Theo who is eually as complex The gratuitous violence also helps paint the harsh realities of slavery and humankindI did not rate this 5 stars because although I was enraptured by the beginning my interest dipped in the middle parts The ending felt a little rushed and Where Poppies Grow unsatisfying There are some issues with pacing which isnderstandable since this is Solomons debut novel I would ve loved to see other perspectives expanded throughout the story to enhance the themes even Regardless "I PLAN ON FOLLOWING SOLOMONS WORK BECAUSE I M "plan on following Solomons work because I m it ll continue to be captivating This one is rather hard to rate for one good reason It is good and I did not like it I would reasonably give this 35 stars but let me explainThe goodReally ite wonderful main characters all full of interesting mixt. The cookfireAster lives in the low deck slums of the HSS Matilda a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South For generations the 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 who they consi. ,
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Maybe 355 I m nsure right nowThere s a lot I loved here but I personally was nderwhelmed by the plot and by the novel s resolution Aster is an incredible character as is Theo and I loved reading about them even as I read so many horrifying passages about them struggling with being marginalized and brutalized by the people aboard their ship This has incredible scope and brilliant ideas it s just that many of those ideas get lost along the way or fall short of the final execution I ll need to think about it but those are my feelings for now Somewhat like a mashup between Battlestar Galactica The Handmaid s Tale and like a mashup between Battlestar Galactica The Handmaid s Tale and The thematic premise of this story seems to be that even in the future about 300 years in a situation where humanity is traveling between stars the current njust class system will not only be reproduced but will be exacerbated We won t have some flatline merit based deprivation free world Solomon has created the anti Star TrekThe storyline finds like in Galactica a colony ship traveling from Earth to some distant nknown destination But in Solomon s version the class system is systematized by decks Each deck carries some several thousand individuals The lower decks are people of Reread RWLChallenge A book with an intersex main character Now that this is out I m looking at everyone likey all gon read this or nahPre publication review below the cutI wanted to give myself to some to fully process An Unkindness of Ghosts before writing my review There is a lot to npack Let s start with how good I think this book is It has multiple layers that one can spend close to an eternity npacking A number of themes jumped out at me while reading this novel They include inter alia friendship self actualization race class religion and extremely important for me gender An Unkindness of Ghosts was one of the few books I know I wanted to re read even before finishing This is definitely the type of novel that keeps giving with each read and I can guarantee my copy will be well loved While reading there were numerous times when I wished it were a movie It one that could easily be adapted and I need Hollywood to get off their high horses and just adapt this already This book is 100 per cent ambitious and Solomon excels at it World building is by far the most stand out element of the book The world building shines through so much so that one finds themselves being fully immersed in this novel ite ickly The world of Matilda is extremely well detailed and it is obvious that the author spent time crafting it The setting of the book definitely creates a level of cohesion and it is difficult to image the story in any other setting The care and detail to world building #is most noticeable in the description of the ship s wings and the decks However while these aspects seemed well # most noticeable in the description of the ship s wings and the decks However while these aspects seemed well out without maps to guide the imagery there was a bit of a disconnect I will check with the final copy to see if this was includedThe pacing was also one of the book s stand out elements There wasn t much of a lull in any of the sections The major plot developments occurred at the right times and tied in well with the rest of the story This was further enhanced by the structure of the novel While Aster is the main character each section of the book presents insight into her interactions with key supporting characters who also important parts of Aster s life This is a great tool for breaking p any monotony as the majority of the story is otherwise told from Aster s point of view The characters are all fully drawn not one felt like a caricature or stereotype Each voice was Wciv, Volume 1 uniue and there. Odd mannered obsessive withdrawn Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak She'ssed to the names; she only wishes there was truth to them If she were truly a monster as they accuse she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her ntil nothing remained of her world save for stories told around.