An Unkindness of Ghosts

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak.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, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for stories told around the cookfire.

Aster 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 consider to be less than human.

When the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some quarter-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 it.

Title:An Unkindness of Ghosts
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781617755880
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  • Elle (ellexamines)

    “I am a boy and a girl and a witch all wrapped into one very strange, flimsy, indecisive body. Do you think my body couldn't decide what it wanted to be?” 4 1/2 stars. This was so good. Living ...

  • Bradley

    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 3.5 stars, but let me explain:The good.Really quite wonderful main characters, all ...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    Shiver shiver, tremble tremble. I am not nervous about writing this review at all. I do not have any of my typical book was too good to write a review for it jumbles. Nope. Feeling at my most ...

  • Cindy

    I really enjoyed this! I love how the book incorporated intersectional black/gender identities and paralleled the antebellum South to create a richer story. It was a unique take on the scifi & dystopi...

  • Monica

    Back in 2016 (which seems so long ago), Barrack Obama was in the last year of his Presidency and I was still sane. Anyways, that was the year my cup runneth over with slave narratives. I read three th...

  • Kay

    Reread- #RWLChallenge: A book with an intersex main character. Now that this is out I'm looking at everyone like..."y'all gon' read this or nah?"Pre-publication review below the cut:I wanted to give m...

  • David Katzman

    Somewhat like a mashup between Battlestar Galactica, The Handmaid's Tale, and Roots. The thematic premise of this story seems to be that even in the future (about 300 years) in a situation where human...

  • Beverly

    As in most repressive societies the overlords are hardest on women and children of color and so it goes in An Unkindness of Ghosts. Aster is strong and smart, but she can only do so much for her peopl...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Maybe more 3.5/5? I’m unsure right now.There’s a lot I loved here but I personally was underwhelmed by the plot and by the novel’s resolution. Aster is an incredible character, as is Theo, and I...

  • Allison Hurd

    This book was interesting. I'm not quite sure how to categorize it. Set on a gen ship with the social constructs of the Antebellum South, this book is less about spacefaring, heroes, or mystery, and m...