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On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....

Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angels wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Arianes plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care.

Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon.

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"Bear proves there's still juice in one of science fiction's oldest tropes, the stranded generation ship, in this complex coming-of-age tale. Rien, a handmaid in a feudal society, must care for the prisoner Ser Perceval — a mutilated enemy who Rien discovers is her half-sister by an absent scion of the ruling family. Their quest for a safer home tangles with their society's own quest for safety, as the descendents of an artificial intelligence and the genetically engineered crew battle for control to save the ship from an impending supernova. Standard plot devices litter the familiar landscape: tarot, pseudo-angels, named swords with powers, and politics as a family quarrel. But Campbell Award — winning author Bear uses them beautifully to turn up the pressure on her characters, who r respond by making hard choices. And — as she did in Carnival and Hammered — Bear breaks sexual taboos matter-of-factly: love in varied forms drives the characters without offering easy redemption." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The award-winning author of "Carnival" begins a new trilogy with this spectacular tale of a wandering space colony struggling to retain order as it orbits a doomed sun. Original.

About the Author

Elizabeth Bear was born on the same say as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. This, coupled with her childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, has led inevitably to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction. Her hobbies include incompetent archery, practicing guitar, and reading biographies of Elizabethan playmenders.

She is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for best New Writer and the author of over a dozen published or forthcoming novels, including the Locus Award-winning Jenny Casey trilogy and the Phillip K. Dick Award-nominated Carnival. A native New Englander, she spent seven years near Las Vegas, but now lives in Connecticut with a presumptuous cat.

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BritMandelo, August 15, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
The generation-ship is not a new idea, but I adored this particular handling of it. The splintered ship's intelligence, fueled by the religious language and fervor of the original builders; the five-hundred year gap that rendered the ship itself in places dead and in places teeming with bizarre new life; the technology and the interpersonal battles--all of it tense, delightful, strange. The worldbuilding is perfect. The nature of non-binary gender on the Jacob's Ladder pleased me deeply, also; it simply is. The spectrum of sexuality and romance and affection displayed throughout is challenging in the best way, upsetting expectations and norms easily and, again, without comment.

As for the plot, it's fast and heavy, properly dense even in quieter moments, driven equally by war and danger as by interpersonal relationships. Thumbs up. The ending is quite a kick in the gut, mixing the survival of the ship with the loss of the character we've arguably been closest to throughout the narrative, so the reader has trouble sifting through their own emotions--also great.

Another thing: the epigrams are awesome. Lots to chew on, lots to think about, each chapter.
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ISBN:
9780553591071
Author:
Bear, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Angels
Subject:
Space colonies
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
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Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20071231
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MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
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6.9 x 4.1 x 1 in 0.4 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bear proves there's still juice in one of science fiction's oldest tropes, the stranded generation ship, in this complex coming-of-age tale. Rien, a handmaid in a feudal society, must care for the prisoner Ser Perceval — a mutilated enemy who Rien discovers is her half-sister by an absent scion of the ruling family. Their quest for a safer home tangles with their society's own quest for safety, as the descendents of an artificial intelligence and the genetically engineered crew battle for control to save the ship from an impending supernova. Standard plot devices litter the familiar landscape: tarot, pseudo-angels, named swords with powers, and politics as a family quarrel. But Campbell Award — winning author Bear uses them beautifully to turn up the pressure on her characters, who r respond by making hard choices. And — as she did in Carnival and Hammered — Bear breaks sexual taboos matter-of-factly: love in varied forms drives the characters without offering easy redemption." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The award-winning author of "Carnival" begins a new trilogy with this spectacular tale of a wandering space colony struggling to retain order as it orbits a doomed sun. Original.
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