Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Immediately immersive and sophisticated....This is a phenomenal piece of work.” Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
“Harrowing and beautiful, this is SF at its best: showing the possible future but warning of the danger of bringing old prejudices and cruelties to that new world.” Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Solomon debuts with a raw distillation of slavery, feudalism, prison, and religion that kicks like rotgut moonshine....Stunning.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
About the Author
Rivers Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and holds a MFA in fiction writing from the Michener Center for Writers. Though originally from the United States, they currently live in Cambridge, England, with their family. An Unkindness of Ghosts is their debut novel.
Rivers Solomon on PowellsBooks.Blog
The reason I couldn’t contain the story I was telling is because stories aren’t meant to be contained. They don’t have a beginning other than the one we somewhat arbitrarily decide on, and no ending that can’t be undone in a sequel. Stories gesture outward in an eternal spiral...