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ISBN13: 9780060086602
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Ren "Jackal" Segura is a Hope — a special child, a powerful symbol of a new world government destined for greatness. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life, Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie. Convicted of a terrible crime, she agrees to participate in a "rehabilitation" experiment: While her body lies comatose for eight months, a computer will convince her mind that she is spending eight long years in solitary confinement. But Jackal's history as a Hope has given her strengths and skills other prisoners lack — powers she will need to endure the tormenting loneliness, to discover the truth about her betrayal, and to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire.


From an accomplished young writer comes a beautiful trade paperback edition of her acclaimed debut novel of hope and redemption in the near future.

About the Author

Kelley Eskridge is the Tiptree and Nebula Award-nominated author of numerous works of short fiction. Her stories have appeared in Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror,and other compilations. Solitaireis her first novel.

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crowyhead, September 26, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This excellent science fiction novel is set in the near future and centers around a young woman named Jackal Segura. In order to escape a 40-year prison sentence, Jackal agrees to undergo an experimental punishment: she will be subjected to "Virtual Confinement," a virtual reality trip to solitary confinement. A matter of months will pass in the real world, but inside the cell in her head, Jackal will feel as though she has been in solitary for eight years. The technology has yet to be refined, however, and Jackal's experiences both inside VC and after she returns to the real world are nothing like her captors expected...

My only complaint about this book is that sometimes the story seemed unfocused; sometimes it seemed as though the author was treating something as very important, but then it would fade into the background and not be mentioned again. One thing I really enjoyed was her treatment of Jackal's romantic relationship with another woman, Snow. Sometimes lesbian relationships in science fiction or fantasy novels seem overtly political, like the author is trying to show an example of a perfect world, or write something allegorical about lesbian life in the present day. This just felt completely natural; Snow and Jackal love each other. It was a romance, but not a particularly politicized one, and I enjoyed that.
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A Novel
Eskridge, Kelley
Science Fiction - General
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